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Google+ cuts its ties with YouTube, but don’t delete your account yet

After almost two years of requiring YouTube users to have a Google+ account if they wanted to upload videos or comment on others, Google announced in a blog post that it will drop such requirements.

According to Google’s vice president of streams, photos, and sharing Bradley Horowitz, Google wants to decouple your Google+ account from all of the company’s products, starting with YouTube. The changes, said Horowitz, were done in response to user feedback, though he made the point that Google+ will not go away. Instead, Google will offer “a more focused, more useful, more engaging Google+” with these changes. Based on his statements, it sounds like Google+ will eventually be its own platform rather than have its hands in everything Google offers.

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For YouTube users, this means that they will be able to comment, upload videos, and create a channel without the need for a Google+ account. However, Google offers a very strong and stern warning: If you delete your Google+ account, your YouTube account will also go away. If you want to remove your Google+ account and you currently have a YouTube account, you’ll be able to do so “in the coming months.”

In addition, when someone shares a YouTube video to Google+, YouTube will not post a notification in the comments section about the share.

However, there are a few things Google will keep, such as Google+’s moderation options on channels. These options include reviewing comments and blocking particular words, which is especially useful if you’re trying to run a family-friendly channel. You can also have certain comments auto-approved. The only real difference, according to Google, is these options will exist without Google+.

As for Google+ itself, Horowitz said it will continue to provide an “interest-based social experience” for those who decided to sink their teeth into it and liked what they tasted.