Google has been insisting on the use of Real Names on Google+, and with the changes to YouTube comments requiring Google+ accounts, that reality is now hitting YouTube. Pros and cons?
What do you think about being Anonymous on Social Media?
So while Google has tried to enforce the use of real names on Google+ for a while now, many of you have noticed that YouTube has adopted the Google+ comment system, requiring that anyone who wants to leave a comment must be logged into their Google+ account. That means that real names are becoming a requirement on Google+ and YouTube.
Many have appreciated these moves, while others have complained. And there’s an argument to be made for both sides. Guest blogger +Benjamin Taylor points out that the increased accountability comes at a cost of freedom of expression. And that while there may be a positive impact on interconnectivity, there’s actually a very real risk to people in some situations.
What do you think about these changes, and the direction we’re headed? Do you appreciate Google forcing the use of real names, or do you think users have a right to be anonymous on social networks?
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