Google+ (Plus) Take Downs: Verifications Needed

The newest social network, Google+, alternatively known as Google Plus, has really got people talking. We doubt that even the fine folk of Google could have predicted the amount of interest it has already gained with more than 10 million users in only two weeks. Today we have news though about some take downs on Google+ and wonder if this indicates that verifications are needed for the latest social network.

Today for example we have heard that William Shatner, well known actor and celebrity, had his Google+ account shut down. Shatner then took to Twitter to grumble about the take down of his account and tweeted, “My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards. Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules maybe I should say goodbye.” However Todd Wasserman over on Mashable reports that Shatner’s account is now up and running again and that today Shatner was back on Google+ sending this message, “I am back plusers! I still do not know what happened but I will refrain from saying hello again for a while just in case. My best, Bill.”

It appears that Google is attempting to make Google+ as pseudonym, fake and virtual-free as possible and notes a report on Thinq about a ‘Second Life’ user, Opensource Obscure, preferring to be known by their avatar, whose account was suspended. Google communicated with this user by saying, “”After reviewing your profile we determined that the name you provided violates our community standards.” While some will see this as an admirable stance by Google+ to stamp out fake accounts a blanket rule cannot work and we reckon that the new social network needs a verification system.

After all Google’s efforts some obviously fake accounts are still evident, for example there’s a Google+ account for the late Hunter S. Thompson. Meanwhile Lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher appear to have genuine accounts although at the moment there’s no way we can really know. We’d say this is something that Google+ needs to get on to post haste. If you want to catch up with some more news about Google+ you may want to check out our recent articles where we asked if Facebook problems would push users to Google+ and also where we asked if the impact of Google+ might lead you to quit Facebook altogether.

What are your thoughts on the current take downs that Google is instigating on Google+? Do you think the social network is crying out for a verification system to be added? Let us know with your comments.