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YouTube pushes users to switch to real name

Anonymity just became even scarcer, at least with YouTube.  YouTube is now recommending (at least for now) that you switch to your complete name when posting videos and comments.  They will pull your true name from your Google+ account in reality. Google+ has not been a large fan of anonymity and prefers to hold online comments cost-free of pseudonyms to try to mitigate items like sexism, racism and other concerns.  Now via a pop-up dialogue box YouTube will urge customers to use their genuine names.

If you try to comment a box will pop up displaying your genuine name and show you what it will look like if you allow YouTube to pull from Google+.  For the time being, at least, you still have the choice of “I do not want to use my complete name.”  If you pick to stay anonymous Google will want to know why, where you have to select:

There is not an solution to just say “No I want to keep anonymous.”

According to YouTube, this was added back on June 29th, many users just have not began seeing it till now.

In the early days of the internet, especially when we were younger and growing up, it was always warned, “Don’t use your real name on the internet.” Flash forward to today’s world and this idea is becoming harder to maintain. Many will state that the main reasoning behind such a move is to prevent the flaming and trolling that goes on in the commentary systems that exist online. What happened to freedom of speech? Sure this may help with such commentary trolling, but just because people make a comment may not necessarily mean they want their name blasted all over the internet, especially if they aren’t a blogger or writer where their name already exists out there. For the common person who just wants to put up generic comments and content but not expose themselves to the world, this task is becoming harder. There are often valid reasons for not wanting your real name out there as well. There could be events associated with a persons comments that are personal and sharing such information would break that privacy. Or perhaps revealing a real name could be tied to their physical location in the world, something obviously many don’t desire to make known.

Either way, no one who uses the internet should consider what they do there to be private. As time moves on we will surely see more on this subject as user backlash may occur or as other Internet based companies move to this type of practice.

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