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[liberationtech] Google: CLG News 'does not comply with Names Policy'

Shava Nerad shava23 at
Wed Jul 3 23:06:55 PDT 2013

blogged to #nymwars on g+.

On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 1:37 AM, Lori Price <lori at> wrote:

> **
> *Google: CLG News 'does not comply with Names Policy'<>
> * by Lori Price, 02 Jul 2013 *NSA buddy Google<>
> * will not allow CLG News on Google+. After receiving countless promos at
> from Google to set up a 'Google+' account, I clicked to 'upgrade' to
> Google+. Google requested I select a different name, even though my Gmail
> address -- established years ago -- is clgnews at gmail dot com. When I
> declined to select another name, Google presented the option to 'click to
> appeal' to use CLG News as the owner for CLG News on Google+. On 28 June, I
> received an email from Google, which included the following comments.
> *After reviewing your appeal, we have determined that your name does not
> comply with the Google+ Names Policy. We want users to be able to find
> each other using the name they already use with their friends, family, and
> coworkers. For most people this is their legal name, or some variant of it,
> but we recognize that this isn't always the case, and we allow for other
> common names in Google+ -- specifically, those that represent an individual
> with an established online identity with a meaningful following.*
> CLG News, in fact, has a HUGE and 'established online identity with a
> meaningful following,' although NSA buddy Google doesn't 'see' that. Or,
> maybe they do, and that's the problem... See also: *NSA buddy Google
> wants me to change my name, declaring 'CLG News' is 'too long' for people
> to remember<>
> * by Lori Price 09 Dec 2012.
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