Death Threats, Harassment, Stalking, Google Plus and Identity

Karoli, odd time signatures, Sept 02, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Google Plus is an identity service disguised as a social network. That's why the debate over tagging and real names on Google Plus is really important. And as Karoli writes, citing more incidents of online harassment, "We have a problem, not only with sick people who feel free to post whatever pops into their brain cell at any given time, but also with companies like Google, who absolutely insist on requiring a real first and last name on Google Plus.... This is what Google is doing. Setting up people, and women in particular, to be stalked, harassed, to have their families threatened and harassed, and to allow anyone with a smartphone and half a brain cell to track them down and make their lives miserable."
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