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Google apologizes after 3 years, removes requirement to use real names on Google+

With the launch of Google+, the search giant also introduced a strange policy wherein you could only register on the social networking site using your real name. Three years on, the company has finall

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With the launch of Google+, the search giant also introduced a strange policy wherein you could only register on the social networking site using your real name. Three years on, the company has finally realized its folly and killed the real name policy.

The idea behind using real names was that people would think twice about posting bad (read vulgar) comments on sites. While it was a noble idea, it resulted in lots of complaints and protests from people wanting to hide their real identity or those who wanted to create multiple profiles. Ever since Google integrated YouTube’s comments section with Google+, these complaints grew even louder.

Thankfully, Google has given into the demands and has rolled back this policy. Now, Google says, “there are no more restrictions on what name you can use.” While this is great news, something says that Google might still have some level of control over what names are not allowed. So if you, for some reason, want to use the F-word in your name, you might be disappointed.

Google also apologized for taking this long to roll back this feature. It said,

We know you’ve been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

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  • Published Date: July 16, 2014 12:54 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 16, 2014 2:26 PM IST