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YouTube asks users to post real names in comments

Google’s video sharing service YouTube has
urged people to use their real names in order to deal with the problem of
abusive comments, according to a report. YouTube has introduced a box
displaying their current, pseudonymous identity, alongside their real name as
shown on Google’s social network, Google+, when they try to post a video. The
box asks users to ‘start using your full name on YouTube’.

Google’s video sharing service YouTube has
urged people to use their real names in order to deal with the problem of
abusive comments, according to a report. YouTube has introduced a box
displaying their current, pseudonymous identity, alongside their real name as
shown on Google’s social network, Google+, when they try to post a video. The
box asks users to ‘start using your full name on YouTube’.

Users are not obliged to accept the
suggestion, but if they decline they will have to tell Google why they don’t
want to use their real name. Google said it began implementing the change last
month to give users ‘the option’ to use their Google+ identity on YouTube.

According to the report, if users do choose to
link their accounts they will have the option to review their past comments and
disassociate themselves with anything they find embarrassing.

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