Google updates policy: Use real names on Google+ or get banned!

Google+ has made some policy changes. Earlier if Google found that you were not using your real names for Google+ profiles, it straight away suspended your profile and then let you appeal.

But starting now, there is a change in this policy. Now Google will give you a 4 day notice to let you change your profile name to a real one. For these four days you can continue to operate your Google+ account. If at the end of 4 days Google finds that you have not changed the name, Google will terminate your account.

No more appeals!

In the event of termination, you will be allowed to export your data using Google Takeout.

The angry comments on the video’s YouTube page make an interesting read!

I will be removing Google+ from my online activities. There are many reasons for the use of pseudonyms, including personal safety. For years, we have instructed children to not use real names online for privacy and safety concerns. Now Google in its INFINITE UNwisdom decrees that only ‘real names’ will be used. Goodbye Google. So much for ‘Do no evil’, says gwyddonaid.

There are already reports that Google+ growth has shown a slow-down in recent past. Is user-interest waning? Will this step further alienate users? What do you think!?

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