The California internet giant Google+ Tuesday abolished its real-names policy which required people to use their real names on their profiles of the service, as it looks to gain ground on the social giant Facebook. The change follows after Google+ founder and former chief Vic Gundotra suddenly departed in April, marking the beginning of a shift for the service.
“When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile,”
Google said in a post at the social network.
“This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.”
The social service is now letting the world know that there are no more restrictions on what name you login. Google is possibly reacting to ongoing security concerns, wherein they believe will use anonymity to secure themselves rather than hide. It could also be from YouTube backslash where users who want to leave YouTube comments or otherwise use the service were forced away from the platform for using pseudonyms. More than likely, they just want people to be a part of the community without using their real names.
“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.”