After disabling many users' accounts for not using their real names,
Google tooday announced that it would soon revise its controversial
Google sparked an uproar this weekend for deleting the accounts of
Google+ members without warning or explanation. The reason was that
these users had used names other than their real names as their
usernames on Google+, a violation of the social network's policy.
Google+ vice president Bradley Horowitz blogged about the issue
announcing changes that will arrive in "a matter of weeks."
"We've noticed that many violations of the Google+ common name
policy were in fact well-intentioned and inadvertent and for these
users our process can be frustrating and disappointing," Horowitz
wrote. "So we're currently making a number of improvements to this
process - specifically regarding how we notify these users that
they're not in compliance with Google+ policies and how we
communicate the remedies available to them," he added.
Under the new policy, Google will warn users and give them a chance
to correct their name in advance of any suspension. At time of this
notice, a clear indication of how the user can edit their name to
conform to Google's policy community standards will be provided.
Google will improve the signup process to reduce the likelihood that
users get themselves into a state that will later result in review.
Some people are using their profile name to show-off nicknames,
maiden names and personal descriptions. While the profile name
doesn't accommodate this, Google wants to support users' friends
finding them by these alternate names and give users a prominent way
of displaying this info in Google+.
Last but not least, the "Employment," "Occupation" and "Education"
fields in users' profiles will appear in their hovercard all across
Google+ -- to those with permission to view them.
Horowitz also clarified that not abiding by the Google+ common name
policy cannot lead to wholesale suspension of one's entire Google