Here is a transcript of +Frances Haugen's post ( on new privacy settings for the Gender field on Google+ Profiles, for those of you that don't have headphones handy, or have hearing/speech-processing-related disabilities. The video is now captioned, but if you prefer to read text, here it is!

Hello, my name is Frances Haugen. I'm a Google Product Manager, working on Google+ Profiles. We've only been in limited field trial for two weeks, but the Google+ team is busy working on features and product tweaks in response to the great feedback you've been sending in.

I'm happy to announce a new privacy feature that you requested. Gender can be a sensitive topic, especially on the internet. Starting this week, you'll be able to set the privacy setting of your gender on the Google+ profile, just as you control other information about yourself.

One of the major things we use gender information for on Google+ is for picking gender pronouns - her, his, theirs - when we refer to you. Google is committed to building products that people all over the world use, and in some languages gender is much more deeply part of how sentences are formed than in say, English. Having gender information helps to make Google+ more conversational. If you decide to make your gender private on Google+, we'll to use gender-neutral language to describe you whenever someone else encounters gender-related information about you but doesn't have permission to see your gender. For example, instead of saying 'Greg added you to his circles' or 'Frances added you to her circles', we'll say 'Greg added you to their circles' or 'Frances added you to their circles'. Yes, I know this is grammatically questionable. You don't need to message me about it. We value helping people control their privacy as being much more important than being grammatically perfectly.

Let's walk through how you can change the settings. First click on Google+, and click on the profile icon at the top of the page. You'll be taken to your Google+ profile. Next, click on the edit button in the upper right-hand corner. Your profile will enter edit mode and you can change any field by just clicking on it. Now, scroll down near the bottom of the page and you'll see Gender. Click on it, and a privacy settings box opens and allows you to select who you want to know whether you're male or female [ed: or Other]. That's it. I hope you enjoy Google+ as much as we enjoy working on it!
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