So, to those people out there who like to comment on YouTube...don't you feel a bit, I dunno...blackmailed? With Google's newest update to Youtube, users are now forced to join Google+ in order to comment at all. Furthermore, I've heard reports about how some users have been banned for voicing their opinions about the update to Google. They are also making users use their actual name, which is highly unfavorable among us users. This is all a way for Google to try to compete with Facebook, and I cannot believe that such a big company would stoop this low for such a goal...What Google is doing not only violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but additionally stains their overall reputation as a business. The First Amendment--the Freedom of Speech--gives us, the People, the undeniable right to express our thoughts, be they good or bad. Additionally, "Free Speech" entails that our voices may not be silenced on the grounds of 'negativity' or 'an undesirable response'. Such censorship is unconstitutional and therefore ILLEGAL. I wouldn't have been as mad about this whole issue if Google had handled the public's disapproval responsibly. The fact that a big business such as theirs would stoop so low as to bury the truth is, to me, morally wrong and very infuriating. I can't fathom how Google came to their decision, but probably the most disappointing part about it all is that whoever is in charge approved of it.
Such controversial activity reflects poorly on a business, especially one as successful as Google. Forcing people to bolster a product they neither want nor need, just to compete with another business, is by no means 'good business'; if anything, it's blackmail. What makes a company successful is not how much money it can make, but rather how satisfied it can make its customers. Based on the actions that Google has taken over these last couple of days, they have not only stirred up a great deal of dissatisfaction from their customers, but have also indirectly confirmed their inability to accept their own mistakes. From ignoring our requests for years, to tailoring our feedback to their advantage, they have abused their power as a major company.
Ever since its inception, the Internet has been a place for the people of the world to gather freely, share information, and get their ideas out. Likewise, business is, was, and has always been, the means by which the world can be improved. The Internet is not full of mindless sheep who will do whatever they are told to do, and business is not a competition. If Google were to realize this, stop trying to out-compete Facebook with Google+, and actually listen to their customers, this wouldn't be a problem. Businesses should use money for the people; not use people for the money. It'd do Google well to remember that.