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Users outraged over Youtube’s switch to Google+ “real names” policy

on November 11, 2013


This post has been updated to greater emphasize resistance of new comments by popular Youtube channels.

Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a month after announcing Youtube’s “tighter integration” with Google+, users of the popular video upload service are lashing out at Google for taking away a tenuous and important part of the internet at large: anonymity.

On Reddit, where anonymity continues to thrive, a post that calls for mass complaints to Google’s product page for forcing Youtube users to connect with Google+ — eliminating usernames of the past and enforcing a “real-name policy” — has raced to the front page of the website with more than 22,000 upvotes. The result has been a steady stream of complaints on the product forum, expressing outrage at Google for incorporating its social network.

“Isn’t this what Marketing departments are supposed to prevent? Aren’t they supposed to do, you know, market…

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