Google+ ends long-standing real names policy

By Scorpus
Jul 15, 2014
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  1. Google has recently reversed its policy of requiring users of their Google+ social network to use their real names. A post on Google+ says that while the policy "helped create a community made up of real people", it also kept...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    I was wondering when this would backtrack.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    They couldnt keep it up forever with the youtube comments and all.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Its about time!
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    Sometimes I wish they did. It would keep the trolling down :p
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    alot of the non-trolling people arent willing to put their actual names out on a public youtube video though. And you'll have trolling either way- I still see plenty right now :p
  7. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    Oh, I know. I'm just saying that a lot of trolls do it because of anonymity lol
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  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    I was blocked on Google+ at the start for using Stick Man. :D I just changed it again and it has stuck since!
  9. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    true names were used by my friends who have facebook accounts. however a portion of them use fake age. :)
  10. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 812   +26

    I know for a fact that didn't work, because it allowed you to have 2 channels. One for your public name, and one where you could have a pin name. That's how my account is set up. I have a channel with my real name and one with a created username and I can easily switch back and forth without signing out of my gmail account. So, I wasn't forced to use my real name. Google asked what I wanted to use and gave me both options.
  11. NegaNinja

    NegaNinja TS Rookie

    Unless something has changed in the last year, facebook has the same ridiculous policy. I would like to know why they get to decide what my real name is. How do they know the name I'm changing it from is real?

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