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I now have a true mononym on G+. Thank you +Yonatan Zunger for the fix, and to +Sai for pointing me in his direction~
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+Aaron Sherman There are three issues here. What Google says, what Google does, and how they do it. The first two rarely match, and the last is almost always "with no warning or explanation."

Giving someone the finger is offensive because it is a statement towards a particular person. A photo of someone giving the finger is not offending anyone, it's simply making a (juvenile) statement of someone's attitude towards life. That's my opinion, but of course that's the problem, this is all about opinion, and when companies start enforcing opinion (and a cultural one at that) as policy, that is only going to cause problems down the road. Repressive governments and organizations look at that and they say, "Hey, you blocked that, so therefore you can block this," and Google suddenly finds itself asked to enforce the morals of thousands of different groups of people. That's a slippery slope.

Your idea that Google will implement per-culture versions of their site is a red herring. Google has fought any attempts to implement regional censorship, and every other major social network has done the same. Instead, Google is enforcing a particular adhoc vision of morality as seen by whomever happens to deal with the complaint at Google support. Their stated guidelines are so vague that anything is possible, and there's no clear way to predict the results.

You are also misstating Google's policy about posted photos (or at least, their implementation). Google does remove legal photos and drawings that have been flagged as offensive by viewers, and this has included fine-art paintings that contain bare female breasts. Furthermore, once they remove them, it is imposible to upload that picture again, even if it's for your own private viewing—they block it using their photo-recognition algorithms. So no, it's not at all clear that he could post that photo to his stream (at least, as a Picasa upload), or that it wouldn't get removed if he did.

Do I think it was a stupid profile photo? Sure. Did I find it offensive? Hardly. Should he have known better? Definitely. But I absolutely believe that Google's enforcement of that level of behavior is a very bad idea…for both us, and for Google.
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+Violet Blue: Sing it, sister.

+Devika . seems to be back now (after some kind of special dispensation), but Fizz hasn't gotten even an update since https://plus.google.com/u/0/103112149634414554669/posts/cbAhS1FgfD8 — perhaps asking for a supervisor gets you the tarpit, in the crazy land of Google Customer Support?

Regardless, I think it's objectionable and insulting on its face to be told that I have to show my papers for having an unusual name, when the countless anonymous John Smiths do not — let alone to be told that they've seen your ID and your name is unacceptable. I'm still waiting for a public apology.

This is the thing I don't get. Individual Googlers I've spoken with about this have apologized to me, have told me how dismayed they are by #nymwars too, how it has eroded their belief in whether Google still believes in "don't be evil" as a company.

In many other ways (e.g. SOPA, Takeout), Google is fighting the good fight. Is Google's senior management really blind to this hypocrisy, simply because G+ is currently doing well? So eager to dive into the social space, that they're willing to let +Vic Gundotra pointlessly squander the goodwill that took a decade to build, and undermine the efforts of people like +Brian Fitzpatrick? I can understand seeing social as an existential threat, but why pay this kind of moral cost that's not even needed?

Yeah, yeah, Vic and +Bradley Horowitz said they'll do something at some point maybe. I'm finding that empty promise increasingly hard to believe, seeing as it directly contradicts their continuing actions.

Come on, guys. Don't be evil, remember?


h/t +Eva Galperin
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+Aaron Sherman "real-world identification" does not exist, really, especially since they accept any old scanned counterfeit id. The fact is there are many (millions?) of people on Google+ now who are using pseudonyms, but they chose average names and so are not being hassled.
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Sorry. had to be done... ;p
"Move along, VANDALS!"
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Scary stuff. I verified via Reason Magazine and the ACLU
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Be aware, United States Senate, if you vote this Bill into Law, I will see that as a direct declaration of war against American Citizens. I will fight you and others like me, we will fight you. Are you REALLY sure you want it to go down like this? Because your supposed authority doesn't stretch very far anymore, and more and more people are seeing you fucking serpents for the scum you truly are. Your armies are on the verge of mutiny. And you have lost the regard of the People. You ain't shit anymore, but a bunch of loud voices with nothing to back them but thin air. You think we care about your legislation? You think we'll obey your laws when your laws are tyrannical and obscene? No, Senators. I will not and I am goddamned well certain there are others like me who also will not. You can't frighten us.
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And legal loopholes being what they are...
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Since there are other people on my list who've also had problems with getting G+ to approve their name, for those of you with a mononym... Here's a reply to a post by +Sai by +Yonatan Zunger (Chief Architect, Google+).

"To switch to a mononym, go to the profile editor and change your name, set your last name to a single dot. Right now that's going to force you to appeal and provide evidence. (Which is a known issue, we want to fix that, but it isn't fixed yet) If the appeal goes through, bang, it's a mononym.

People who got mononyms through appeals very early in the product may still be seeing "." after their name. If you encounter any such people, tell them to message me directly, I'll take care of it."
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Ah Google+ ... The last safe refuge from Cher!
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When G+ rolled out they said that facial recognition software was too creepy to include in G+. What happened to change your minds? This is nothing more than yet another invasion of privacy.
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Making photo tagging easier with Find My Face

#googleplusupdate

Hi, I’m +Matt Steiner, Engineering Lead on the Google+ Photos team.

Around the holidays, many of us get together with friends and family, and if you’re like me, you take lots of photos! Tagging those photos can be a lot of work. So today we’re launching Find My Face, an easier way to tag photos of yourself and your friends.

By turning on Find My Face, Google+ can prompt people you know to tag your face when it appears in photos. Of course, you have control over which tags you accept or reject, and you can turn the feature on or off in Google+ settings. (https://plus.google.com/settings/plus)

Find My Face will be rolling out over the next few days. We hope this makes tagging your photos much easier, so try it out! And as always, keep the feedback coming.
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True.
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Although apparently she's no longer on Facebook under that name...
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#nymwars

After all that nonsense, +Rainyday Superstar is finally back on Google+.

Follow her.
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Facebook banned me for 30 days the same day Google first suspended my profile. For the same reason. I changed my name thinking once I was back on I could just change it back since I see people change their names back and forth on FB all the time but because I was suspended adding a nickname and/or changing my name is no longer an option. I am currently on FB probation meaning several features are not available to me...sharing , tagging pics etc. They haven't told me why and I doubt they will. All I know is someone has been reporting me.
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