Trust FaceBook, says HuffPost

Many of the commenters on Huffington Post are obnoxious, ill-mannered boors or louts. They are trolls who add nothing to the discussion. So I can understand HP wanting some way of controlling this. After all, we should feel some pity for all those electrons that are being disturbed. Here they were just wandering around swimming in space-time and some idiot decided to force them into slavery to his stupidity.
Still. . . Facebook??? HP is going to use Facebook to verify identities. Facebook has the worst record on the Internet for maintaining the integrity of user information and identity. The only excuse for using FB is that so many others do. It is a critical mass. But don’t trust them with more information than you are comfortable supplying to your worst enemy.

Director of Community, The Huffington Post

Posted: 12/10/2013 12:49 pm
Maintaining a civil environment for real conversation and community has always been key to The Huffington Post. From day one, our comments were pre-moderated, and we invested in the most advanced moderation technology along with human moderators.
Now, as Arianna Huffington announced earlier this year, we’re going a step further to evolve our platform — which has always been about community and engagement — to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet. On December 10, after weeks of fine-tuning our commenting technology and platform, we are pulling the switch in a way that will keep the best parts about commenting on HuffPost while bringing more civility and accountability to the experience.

Here’s how to get started under this new system. When you log in to your account and go to make a comment, you will be prompted to link your commenting account to your verified Facebook account. Then, choose how you’d like your name to be displayed. You can either display your first and last names, or your first name and last initial. This is the only information that will be viewable to the community at large, and you will have control over your private information via Facebook’s privacy settings.

verified accountIf you do not want to link your Huffington Post account to Facebook, you can still log in to your account and fan and fave other users and their comments. And if, for whatever reason, you fear posting a comment under your name — if you are a whistleblower, or fear harassment, or any other reason — you can apply for the right to comment anonymously by filling out this form.

If you have any questions, please send us an email and someone on our community team will get back to you. Happy Commenting!


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