Google+ intensifies real name policy

By He Shan
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Google+ requires its users to use real name and profile to register account.

Google+ is requiring its users to use their real name and profile on the social-networking Web site in an effort to strengthen its real name policy, which the company said could help people connect and find people they know from the real world.

According to the policy, Google+ grants users who used unreal names four days to make changes before it deletes users' accounts. If they fail to make any correction, they have no right to appeal after the deletion.

Google+ had previously asked users to use real names and profiles, but there was no disciplinary measure if they did not comply.

Although Google claims the policy aims to protect the rights of users, it has drawn complaints from a number of users.

"Users have many reasons to use nicknames or false names, such as concerns about privacy and safety," said one user who plans to abandon Google+. "Google cannot force users to use real names."

But many industry insiders support Google's move. One expert said cyber fraud is becoming rampant as more and more social-networking Web sites emerge, adding that a real name policy may be a good solution.

China's business press carried the story above on Monday.

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