Once Upon A Time…
…The Internet was a place where you could (conceivably) do anything you wanted, say anything you wanted and pretend to BE anything you wanted–without anyone knowing who you really were.
That lead to ridiculous amounts of misinformation being spread around; cyber stalking, Comment Trolls, and Chat Rooms. All of which has been to the detriment of the greater web experience.
Google+ aims to change all that once and for all by forcing its users to properly identify themselves, or be kicked off the site.
This is good news people who want to use the Internet as an actual tool for knowledge, social networking and outreach, but bad news for folks who just want to go online and screw around.
Which group are YOU a part of?
Web users who go by bogus names will be booted off the new Google+ social network.
The company has recently launched the network as a rival to Facebook.
But If Google learns the name you’re using on the network is not your real name, you have just four days to clean up your act. If you don’t your profile will be removed.
Saurabh Sharma, product manager on the Google+ team, announced the new rule in a video shared on YouTube and on Google+.
The company said it tried to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world, so those signing up for the service are required to use the name they commonly go by in the real world.
The new regulations were billed as an ‘update to how we handle potential violations of our common name policy.’
In the past, when the company suspended the profile of those it judged were not using their real identity, and then let the user appeal.
But from now on there will be no appeals permitted, msn news reported.
Sharma said: ‘If we find that your profile name does not adhere to our policy, we’ll give you a 4-day grace period to fix your profile name before we take further action.’
‘Taking action means your account is closed although you will be allowed to ‘take all your content with you, even after your profile is suspended. Visit Google Takeout for more details.’
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