My Take on the YouTube / Google+ Integration

RacismOnYouTubeFull disclosure: I started working for Google about a month ago (in a group completely unrelated to either YouTube or Google+). But I’ve been making videos and posting them to YouTube for far longer than that.

There are a lot of great things about the Internet. I love the fact that I can put something out there and people I’ve never even met might get some enjoyment out of it. I also understand the importance and power of anonymity.

But complete anonymity also has its drawbacks. It can be a breeding ground for some of the worst aspects of humanity: racism, misogyny, and homophobia to name just a few. Even though the large majority of comments on my videos are wonderful and supportive, there are some that are just vile. It’s especially noticeable since my family is half Black.

I understand that it’s harder to make comments on YouTube now. But if adding some accountability can help reduce the spread of hate, I think that’s a good thing.

4 Responses to “My Take on the YouTube / Google+ Integration”

  1. Christian Says:

    Some people are so small minded. Please continue with these videos and your awesome son. Your fan from Germany, Christian. 🙂

  2. Mach Says:

    Thanks, it’s nice to have a fan from Germany!

  3. Craig Good Says:

    Are removing anonymity and forced G+ integration the same thing?

    It’s no skin off my nose because I’m already on G+. I can see why it might bug some people, though.

  4. Mach Says:

    I’m not entirely certain. But I believe that is part of the intent.