Wednesday, November 13, 2013

YouTube has integrated Google+

YouTube has integrated Google+ into its commenting system so that a user must sign in with their Google account in order to comment on a video. The move was put into place to weed out the anonymous venom that billows from beneath the main attraction, but many users see it as both a further deterioration of privacy and a blatant attempt to force everyone onto Google's social network.
It also doesn't help that it's one of the most poorly implemented features the company has made in recent memory.
The backlash began soon after the new comment section's debut. Folks decried the inability to weigh in on videos anonymously or even have a separate (and completely innocuous) online persona than their actual name and identity. Many users relied on anonymous screen names not for the purpose of posting untraceable angry diatribes but to have some semblance of privacy from Google's marketing and data collection.