Weâ€™ve all seen them. Whether youâ€™re viewing a helpful how-to video or a music video for a Top 40 hit, the remarks left behind in YouTubeâ€™s comments section can be vicious. Â Hidden behind an alias, commentaters can remain anonymous while sounding off. However, thatâ€™s about to change with YouTubeâ€™s revamped commenting system options.
YouTube is encouraging users to swap their pen names with their full names when they comment or upload a video. The video-sharing site will ask if it can begin displaying the name and photo linked to your Google+ account. Â (That is, if you have a Google + account.) â€śWeâ€™re giving you the ability to change how you appear on YouTube, with the option to use your Google+ profile on your YouTube channel,â€ť the company mentioned on its blog. â€śOne Google-wide identity was something that proved popular with new YouTube users when we began offering it in March, so we are now extending it to existing users.â€ť
If you refuse, Google forces you to select a valid reason, like â€śMy channel name is well-known for other reasons,â€ť according to tech-news site BetaBeat. While â€śI want to remain anonymousâ€ť may seem like an appropriate response to include in its selections, it was left out.
YouTube users will also be able to review their past activity.
While the companyâ€™s sole reason for implementing the change in commenting options is not to reduce the amount of inappropriate commentary, itâ€™s a likely outcome.
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