Google needs to allow pseudonyms on services like Google+ for anonymity.
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Google needs to allow pseudonyms on services like Google+ for anonymity.

    1. Cory Albrecht
    2. Petition by

      Cory Albrecht

      Kitchener, Canada

Civil servants, rape survivors, whistle-blowers, and transgendered individuals are immediate examples of people who want privacy to protect themselves from attacks and abuse from others who do not agree with what they are saying or doing or have experienced.

The closed gay teenager who would like to interact with the online gay community but needs anonymity so his family doesn't find out and reject him or even abuse him for it.

All of us, whether we are dealing with these or other highly politically charged events in our lives or not, deserve privacy. We deserve to be able to interact on-line and to share or nor share as much as we choose, as much as we are comfortable with. For some of us that means using a pseudonym to protect our identities from those who are intolerant of who we are or what we do.

I want that anonymity available for my friends that need it, and I want it available to me if I ever need it.

Let's all tell Google that we want that anonymity and that requiring real names to use Google services lacks understanding and that deleting accounts on services like Google+ just because they have a pseudonym is down-right intolerant.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. 500 signatures in 48 hours!

      Cory Albrecht
      Petition Organizer

      Way to go, everybody! Since the petition started we've been getting 10 signatures an hour our next goal of 5000 in 2 weeks easily in our grasp. Please keep promoting the petition every place you can!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. 48 hours and going strong!

      Cory Albrecht
      Petition Organizer

      I had hoped to send out another update at 250 signatures, but that happened t 11:18 EDT today while I was out and about and when I could finally get on line I see that we've hit 430 signatures! Wow people, you are awesome! Please keep it up!

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Overnight we hit the first milestone of 100 signatures!

      Cory Albrecht
      Petition Organizer

      "Google seems to have this idea that people only use a 'nym because they're up to no good." Please share your stories of using a pseudonym as you spread the word about this petition to engage others in the discussion of why this is necessary.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Pepe Antonio VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Allowing me to post and discuss with a pseudonym will protect me and my family from a communist dictatorship on issues related to politics. Furthermore I don't want my coworkers and boss to know my personal opinion or affiliation to certain matters.

      I don't want to have my rights violated because someone dislikes the way I think.

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    • Robert Alexander WETHERSFIELD, CT
      • about 3 years ago

      I think her arguments are correct, and it is important that people be able to be safe.

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    • Mary Jane Thomas PORTLAND, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      I use a pen name for my blog, and it is my brand. I chose to do this for security reasons. I have been stalked and harassed in the past, and can only continue blogging if I use my pen name. I bowed to Google's control and used my real name on Google+, but I also simultaneously untethered my blog from Google+. This also means is that my comments on Google+ will be stifled. I believe Google's "no pseudonyms" policy is biased against vulnerable groups, such as women, rape and assault victims, closeted gays, to name only a few. With our culture moving on-line, telling us to 'just not participate if we don't like it' is discriminatory and unfair. There are easy ways for Google to verify identity with confidentiality intact. We do not need another FaceBook.

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    • Kate Griffin WITNEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      Signing with my real name in solidarity with those who can't use theirs.

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    • Bruce Cohen PORTLAND, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      While I do not use a pseudonym on Google+, I strongly support the right of anyone to do so. There are so many situations in which a person may need to protect him or herself from the actions of others, whether those others are criminals, stalkers, or oppressive governments. And preventing these people from communicating with others censors their stories, weakens them, and strengthens their oppression. In this sense, banning pseudonymity is an act of evil, and should be recognized as such by Google.

      It's important to understand that pseudonymity and anonymity are not the same. It is possible (and, in fact, common) for people to be known and recognizable on the net by their pseudonyms, while not being connected to their physical identities for perfectly valid reasons. Banning pseudonyms cuts off large segments of the world's population from discourse, to their loss and everyone else' as well.

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