"It said it would no longer require users to sign up to Google+ to post comments to products such as YouTube.
Brad Horowitz, who manages Google's photos and sharing services, announced the changes in a blog on Monday.
One expert told the BBC that some YouTube creators had reacted to the news with "glee".
Google had been criticised by YouTube stars over its attempt to integrate Google+ with the video sharing site."
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Google reveals plans to sideline its social network Google+ by changing the way users log in to its products and services.