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in Hot Topics - 24 Jul, 2012
by Sarah - 3 comments
YouTube cleans up comments section, pushes users to go by full names

Video sharing site YouTube is notorious for its uncivil and often abusive comments section, which is a dreadful mix of lengthy arguments, offensive jokes, and purposeful trolling. It seems that YouTube is attempting a solution to this renowned problem by pushing their commenters to use their real full names.

 

When you try commenting or uploading a video now, a window will pop up to prompt you to “start using your full name on YouTube.” It also allows to you to integrate your Google Plus account with your YouTube’s.

 

This move comes a month after the Google I/O, during which YouTube head of product Dror Shimshowitz hinted at developing improvements to the comment system. It will enhance the image of YouTube and attract more advertisers and business owners.

 

During the transition from your username to use your real name, you can review the history of your activity and choose whether you want each activity to be associated with your name.

 

If you do not wish to integrate your Google Plus account or use your full name, YouTube has implemented a feature where you have to explain why. Users can pick one out of six options, including “My channel is for a show or character” and “My channel is for personal use, but I cannot use my real name.”

 

This new feature has come at the annoyance of some users who see it as a ploy to force Google Plus on to YouTube users, or as a hindrance to freedom of speech.

 

It is currently available in the US, and will be released internationally soon.

 

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