Google is likely removing the iron lad around the real name policy in Google Plus, enforced before 3 years and now allows users to use any name they wish.
Google said in a G+ post that it had a lot of restrictions on what name could be used and that it has realized that the names policy was “unclear” for which it apologized to users and expressed hope that the current change would make Google Plus a welcome place.
Back when Google Plus was launched, one of the most frustrations many people had was Google’s policy of accepting only real names.
This was a problem for not only those who want to stay anonymous but also to those who wanted to comment anonymously on YouTube. Linking people’s YouTube accounts with Google Plus profile was another move of Google that brought a slew of criticism.
The company is changing its policy a few months after Google Plus head Vic Gundotra’s sudden departure in April.
Google also noted that users have been wanting this change and the unclear name policy has created “unnecessarily difficult experiences” for several users.
This change comes after a long time of waiting and criticisms on how Google is stopping users from protecting their real identities. The post on Google’s blog attracted several comments. While several users expressed their appreciation for the change, a significant number of users also expressed skepticism that the trolls could use fake identities to troll others in several sites.
Google also revamped the commenting system on YouTube last year to list out the comments of best quality on top. However, shortly after the change was implemented an increase in spamming was noticed.