Google Reinstating Pseudonymous Plus Accounts -- But Company Says Policy Against Pseudonyms Hasn't Changed
I've received multiple reports that several suspended pseudonymous Google Plus Profiles have been reinstated. (These are mostly people who've created Plus profiles named after their SL avatars.) I checked with Google spokeswoman Katie Watson if this means the company's policy forbidding the use of "non-real" Profile names had changed. She told there have been no changes to this policy, and directed me to this semi-helpful announcement from Google+ support staffer Michael Hermeston, which says Google has updated "our in-product messaging to clearly explain our policy and the appeals process" for suspended accounts. So pseudonymous Profile accounts are still in a nebulous state.
In other Google Plus news, the Italian individual whose avatar name is Opensource Obscure, whose account suspension pretty much launched this news story, still has his or her account in limbo. Now, Obscure claims, Google says, "We are unable to approve this profile as it represents a business". Which I guess, being the account for a 3D content creator, is arguably true, though I doubt this is Google's logic.
Anyway, I just posed a question about all this on a Techcrunch open forum with the heads of the Google+: "Why do you say Google Profiles should have an account name “that you commonly go by in daily life”, but forbid the use of Internet pseudonyms -- even though hundreds of millions of people commonly go by them in daily life?" We'll see if an answer is forthcoming there.
Hat tip: Petr Vanbeeck