William Shatner Gets Locked Out of His Google+ Account

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Social media news has focused largely on the launch of Google+ in recent days.  But some developments garnered more news than others, as people started to find their way around the new service.

One of the highlights – or lowlights for the person concerned – was that William Shatner, former star of Star Trek, had his own Google+ account suspended only a short time after he opened it and started using it.  William seemed rather laid back and puzzled by the event.  He stated on Twitter that “my Google+ account was flagged for violating standards.”  The only question was what the nature of the violation was, since he had only said hello on the service up to this point.

It has been speculated that someone at Google suspected the account may not be genuine.  There have been instances in the past of people signing up to social media sites under the guise of someone famous.  This is why Twitter has started using verified accounts so you know who the true famous people are.  Was this the reason why William Shatner could not use his Google+ account for a while?

Whatever the reason might be, things have now been restored to normal.  It would appear from various news reports that several other high flying and well regarded people also vanished from the new social media site for a while.  They too were reinstated after a short period of time.  Whatever was going on, we can hope it has now passed.


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