YouTube hopes real names will help defeat nasty comments

XKCD: YouTubeYouTube is trying to get people who post comments on the video sharing site to use their real names, [according to the official YouTube blog](http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2012/06/choosing-how-youre-seen-on-youtube.html).

Starting back on June 29, the site gave users the choice of how their identity should appear. Users can pull information from their Google ID and even from their Google Plus pages to fill in biographical information on YouTube.

Moreover, YouTube allows users now to review their past comments and decide whether they want their real name identity to be associated with those past comments — or not. Considering the [deplorable state of commenting on the site](http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/who-has-the-worst-commenters-on-the-internet-an-i), some people might not want to associate their real names with their YouTube past.

Given our stance here at the paper
to allow anonymous comments, I thought this news was interesting.

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