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Google+ abandons need to use real names

Published on Jul 16, 2014 7:34 AM
 
A photo taken on Feb 5, 2014 shows the Google logo on a wall at the entrance of the Google offices in Brussels. Google+ apologized on Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, as it looks to gain ground on market leader Facebook. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google+ apologized on Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, as it looks to gain ground on market leader Facebook.

"When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile," the California Internet titan 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." Google said that it has been slowly loosening the requirement with changes such as letting people use YouTube account names, but conceded that the names policy got a bit muddled.

"Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use," Google said.

 
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