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article imageGoogle+ deleting accounts en masse with no clear answers

By Abigail Prendergast     Jul 25, 2011 in Technology
Upstart social network Google+ has pulled countless user accounts seemingly out of nowhere, claiming they are doing so due to user name violations. As a result, the website has received waves of backlash at best.
An alarming number of Google+ accounts were deleted since the new social-networking website has been struggling with its community standards policy in regards to real names.
Limor Fried was reported to have her deleted account restored according to ZDNet. Fried - also known as Lady Ada / Adafruit Industries - had recently been on the cover of WIRED Magazine and had her account reactivated only after a barrage of complaints.
Just about every other account that was deleted has suffered the fate of ultimately being purged all because of the names users have chosen were apparently a direct violation of real name policy. This procedure requires anyone who registers for the site to do so under their given name and not use special characters or pseudonyms.
It has become more or less obvious that Google+ has gone on a seemingly no-holds-barred suspension spree as a result.
Some users were not only unable to access their G-plus accounts but anything Google-oriented including Gmail. Other cases showed a display of uneven enough use of gambits to warrant a double take at the least, as ZDNet reported on behalf of a user. "When my account was suspended it was only my profile. I could still get to Documents, Calendar and Gmail. My G+ Stream was still updating, I just couldn’t post to it."
It is up in the air as to whether Google+ will at any time readdress the real name policy. As Brafton News reports, the social network is quickly and steadily in the process of developing profiles for businesses. Which will be believed to assist disabled company pages get back on the site. Whether the tactic of rewriting the policies for commercial pages will in any way affect profiles for individuals is yet to be determined.
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