Gmail users no longer have to join Google Plus

Google dropped its Google Plus requirement for Gmail users. Does this change mean the social network is becoming less important?

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Google has been heavily criticized for essentially forcing users of its Gmail service and those who want to comment on Youtube videos to sign up for a Google Plus account.

The company is now pulling back on that requirement by not requiring Gmail users to sign up for the social network.

It could be a sign that Google is minimizing the role of Google Plus, or simply a sign that they’re listening to users that only wanted an email address—not another social media profile.

A Google rep told The Telegraph:

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