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Thousands Petition Against YouTube Comments Requiring Google+ Accounts

12 November 2013

When YouTube-owner Google decided to give the comments section of the popular video streaming site a makeover, it wasn’t prepared for the massive backlash from thousands angry users. Google chose to integrate YouTube comments with Google+, forcing users to login to the social network before leaving their two cents after watching a video.

However, changes that were made with the intention of cleaning up YouTube’s free-for-all comments section has come at a cost. More than 84,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org asking Google to reinstate the original YouTube comment section.

The petitioners claim that tech-giant Google ruined the comments section on YouTube by removing the possibility of anonymity. Of course, the lack of anonymity is a central component of Google’s plan to hold commenters more accountable for their words by linking them to a name and a face, thereby deterring trolls and hurtful comments.

In addition, many people are unhappy that they must sign up for and be logged into a Google+ account before leaving comments, believing that Google is coercing people into using yet another social media site.

The YouTube petition, which was posted online on Thursday, is currently gaining plenty of attention and traction, and Change.org says it is the most active petition currently on the site.

One popular comment on Change.org regarding the revisions Google made to the YouTube comments section says, “They have completely RUINED a great thing. Comments were the number one reason why I checked my YouTube account daily. Now that desire is gone.”

The new commenting system, which was launched in September, is designed to be more organized and is supposed to display comments that are most relevant to each individual user—rather than the old method which showed the same top and recent comments to everyone. For instance, the new design by Google shows users comments left specifically by people of interest to them, such as friends, celebrities or other popular comments.

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