Surprisingly Good Evidence That Real Name Policies Fail To Improve Comments. YouTube has joined a growing list of social media companies who think that forcing users to use their real names will make comment sections less of a trolling wasteland, but there’s surprisingly good evidence from South Korea that real name policies fail at cleaning up comments.
In 2007, South Korea temporarily mandated that all websites with over 100,000 viewers require real names, but scrapped it after it was found to be ineffective at cleaning up abusive and malicious comments (the policy reduced unwanted comments by an estimated .09%). We don’t know how this hidden gem of evidence skipped the national debate on real identities, but it’s an important lesson for YouTube, Facebook and Google, who have assumed that fear of judgement will change online behavior for the better. Last week, YouTube began a policy of prompting users to sign in through Google+ with their full names. Piratage : le Net ne compte pour rien, ou presque. Another New Study Shows That Filesharing Doesn’t Deter Artists From Making Music. London School Of Economics: No, Piracy Has Not Killed The Music Industry (But The Industry Has Certainly Changed) A new London School of Economics study suggests that the music industry needs to stop complaining about the deleterious effects of illegal file-sharing.
Why? As so many people have been saying for so many years now, it’s not that file-sharing (both legal and illegal) has caused people to stop consuming music, but it’s that file-sharing has changed the way people consume music. The days of the music business being a case of “band releases album, people buy album” are pretty much over. And what’s replacing that?