YouTube Thinks You’ll All Be Nicer To Each Other If You Use Your Real Name To Comment

Since the dawn of the Internet, some users have hid behind screen names to post needlessly vitriolic comments on blog posts, news stories, bulletin boards, forums, photos and videos. Now the folks at Google YouTube are now pushing users to post comments using their real names; will it do anything to curb the nastiness?

Mashable reports that when some users with Google+ accounts go to comment on a YouTube video, they are encouraged to use that account — as opposed to their old “haterade1238a8″ YouTube user ID.

YouTube, which has made it known in recent months that it intends on implementing changes aimed at cutting down on cyber-bullying, has begun giving users the option — NOTE: We attempted to leave comments on some videos and were not prompted — to use their full name when leaving a comment.

If you say no, Mashable says you have to provide a reason for deciding to remain anonymous.

YouTube is also providing users with a way to review all previous comments to decide whether or not you want those old comments you posted on some adorable kitten video — He loves that tin foil! — are worth being attributed to your full name.

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  1. I look at both sides of the story says:

    For whatever reason, youtube seems to be one of the last bastions where people leave the most sophomoric, racist, homophobic comments.

    “You fa****”
    “hey ni****, f** off”

    over, and over again rendering any worthwhile comments totally useless (lost in the masses of idiocy).

    or for complete originality:

    “you ni**** lovin fa****”

    Their mothers must be so proud.

  2. scoosdad says:

    You know, of all the things in life that are a problem, the comments left on a YouTube video are the least of my worries.

  3. Fleiki says:

    I’d rather remain anonymous not because of what I’d like to say, but because of what other posters might do. There are a lot of wingnuts out there and if their insanity is restrained by the lack of anonymity, they just might take their psychoses underground and do Lord knows what with it.

    I don’t want to make it easy for them to track me down. :-o