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Thoughts on rel=author, #nymwars, "identity service"

2 years, 7 months ago

Over the past month or so, the "nymwars" have become the thing Google+ is most known for among my circle of friends. This is a problem of Google's own making: they are suspending profiles based on naive heuristics about "real names" (actually typical two part western names), and demanding government ID to reinstate them. The names policy they claim to be enforcing says you should use the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you, but it is both possible and common for this to be entirely different from the name the government calls you. Furthermore, the verifiers apparently lack even basic training in ID verification, which allows frivolous reporting of profiles and trivial reinstatement for the true trolls/imposters (who will think nothing of faking an ID).

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