Google+ bans Captain Kirk? Sort of [Update]

Captain James T. Kirk has faced Klingons, Romulans and Tribbles but the actor that portray's Star Trek's original captain, William Shatner, was apparently not able fight off Google's Terms of Service. Tech Crunch reports today that Shatner has had his personal Google+ account banned. Shatner revealed the ban via his Twitter page, stating, "My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards. Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules maybe I should say goodbye?"

There's no word on the specifics of Shatner's ban from Google's recently launched social networking service. Tech Crunch speculates that a number of Google+ users might have sent a notice to Google stating that Shatner's user account was fake. In any case we suspect that Google might have to do some damage control in order to get Shatner back online with its Google+ service.

Shatner, in the meantime, seems to be a very busy man. Later this week the Epix pay cable movie channel will have the world premiere of The Captains, a two hour documentary where Shatner interviews all of the actors who have had the lead roles in all of the Trek TV series. The Captains also has Shatner interviewing his younger doppelganger, Chris Pine, who played Kirk in the 2009 Star Trek reboot movie. The movie debuts on Epix this Friday. If you are going to the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend you can see a panel about The Captains on Friday featuring both Shatner and Star Trek Deep Space Nine's Avery Brooks.

Update: Shatner's Google+page is now back online. Shatner writes, "I am back plusers! I still do not know what happened but I will refrain from saying hello again for a while just in case. My best, Bill."

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At least Google isn't just letting just anyone make an account on there. I read they banned Lulzsec and Anonymous from any account on google+.

Something that can't be said for Twitter which apparently supports cyber criminals.

At this point, banning having a bad impact especially on a new social network, Google may have mistaken but they certainly thought twice before deciding.

If shatner created a Capt. Kirk account then im on the side of Google. If it was using his real name, then im with Shatner, but knowing shatner, thats unlikely. Dude has a serious ego. I seriously doubt Harrison Ford goins around constantly reminding people he was Indy or Han, heck he doesnt even like being remembered as Han. Or Sean Connery as Capt Ramius or James Bond.

seriously Shatner,, get overyourself

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
If shatner created a Capt. Kirk account then im on the side of Google. If it was using his real name, then im with Shatner, but knowing shatner, thats unlikely. Dude has a serious ego. I seriously doubt Harrison Ford goins around constantly reminding people he was Indy or Han, heck he doesnt even like being remembered as Han. Or Sean Connery as Capt Ramius or James Bond.
seriously Shatner,, get overyourself

On his twitter post there is a link to his google+ account and he used his real name.

neo158 said,
Seems like Google+ might need something like Twitter verified accounts.

Yup. Go ahead and type Mark Zuckerberg in the top search box in Google+ It's a mess.

Google+ < Facebook/Twitter. They may as well face the facts now instead of pulling a Microsoft and playing catch-up but calling their product "superior".

To be honest, I'm kinda tired of Google. They are as bad, if not worse, than Microsoft ever was in many ways, but so many people give them a free pass just because "they aren't Microsoft". Screw that. Call a spade a spade and show you have some common sense instead of a standard fanboi mentality.

AgentGreen said,
Google+ < Facebook/Twitter. They may as well face the facts now instead of pulling a Microsoft and playing catch-up but calling their product "superior".

To be honest, I'm kinda tired of Google. They are as bad, if not worse, than Microsoft ever was in many ways, but so many people give them a free pass just because "they aren't Microsoft". Screw that. Call a spade a spade and show you have some common sense instead of a standard fanboi mentality.

How are they 'as bad' and also ... what's Microsoft done that's caused you any problems?

AgentGreen said,
Google+ < Facebook/Twitter.
And you know what, I'm tired of people who blindly seem to jump on the "Google are bad, m'kay?" bandwagon without providing reasonable justification for it. Someone the other day argued that it is because they take your personal information to provide a service that should be free. Mind-boggling mentality.

Google have done nothing to screw me over so far, so I think they're ok. What's your justification for the hate? Because they're successful?

Intrinsica said,
And you know what, I'm tired of people who blindly seem to jump on the "Google are bad, m'kay?" bandwagon without providing reasonable justification for it. Someone the other day argued that it is because they take your personal information to provide a service that should be free. Mind-boggling mentality.

Google have done nothing to screw me over so far, so I think they're ok. What's your justification for the hate? Because they're successful?

It's the T3H F33L K00L ON t3H InT3RN3ts man! LLOL

AgentGreen said,
Google+ < Facebook/Twitter. They may as well face the facts now instead of pulling a Microsoft and playing catch-up but calling their product "superior".

To be honest, I'm kinda tired of Google. They are as bad, if not worse, than Microsoft ever was in many ways, but so many people give them a free pass just because "they aren't Microsoft". Screw that. Call a spade a spade and show you have some common sense instead of a standard fanboi mentality.

Populism is neither democratic nor reasonable. I think the era is that of quick love & fast hate, a sort of mass hysteria in which some are included and others not.

AgentGreen said,
Google+ < Facebook/Twitter. They may as well face the facts now instead of pulling a Microsoft and playing catch-up but calling their product "superior".

To be honest, I'm kinda tired of Google. They are as bad, if not worse, than Microsoft ever was in many ways, but so many people give them a free pass just because "they aren't Microsoft". Screw that. Call a spade a spade and show you have some common sense instead of a standard fanboi mentality.

Must be why I've had more fun on Google+ in a week than I've had on Facebook over the course of six years. Huddles and hangouts FTW! ^Lame dope comments FTL!^

What should Google do, without any kind of personal identification? And with any kind of personal identification, I know what the people will say...

One would think that most of the official accounts would have the contact info for the publicist and or P/R Company that handles them... a simple communication with that group should render mistaken deletes/suspends a thing that doesn't need to be worried about.

You can kind of understand this being a simple mistake. Look at Twitter, with multiple accounts for celebrities and only one of them being the celebrity. Google can easily reactivate the account for someone if they can prove that they are who they say they are. I'm not quite sure how someone would go about proving they are who they say they are though. Perhaps 4chan style, sending a picture of yourself with a timestamp next to you or a personal message...

Nashy said,
Oh good. Employing Facebook's reporting style. What another users says simply MUST be the truth.

well its mostly nerdy guys.. they are the type to ruin peoples fun to create a utopian social network

Nashy said,
Oh good. Employing Facebook's reporting style. What another users says simply MUST be the truth.

so neowin can get kicked off again right? X_X , say if I did that enough times to alyssa milano's twitter account would that happen. on twitter? I think not.