Google+ will no longer require your true identity


Consider yourself a superhero? Then you’re going to be pleased that Google has rolled back the real name requirement for Google Plus, meaning that your real identity is now as safe as it’s going to get – minus the hazards of a supervillain spotting you getting changed in public, of course.

Google’s statement on the move, posted on Google Plus (link), says “Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. ”

“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.”

Whether Google’s move improves interaction on their online service isn’t certain but it certainly can’t hurt. Can it?

Source: The Verge


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