Google+ Does Away With Real Name Requirement

The company apologizes for requiring real name in the first place


Google (GOOG) will no longer ask for real names when creating a Google+ account.

Google+The tech giant is responding to people who would rather navigate YouTube and other Google+ features anonymously by getting rid of its requirement. Google apologized for having the requirement in the first place in a statement addressing the issue.

The company said that when it started Google+ three years ago, it was trying to create a community of real people only. However, this move also excluded potential users who valued their privacy.

The service used to ask users for their real names in order to have an account and many responded with concerns when the company made this move.

GOOG stock is up about 0.02% Wednesday afternoon.

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