Author Topic: Forcing commenters to use real names isn't the answer, Arianna Huffington  (Read 1657 times)


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An air of constructive civility should descend on the Huffington Post comment threads next month, if the latest news from its founder is to be believed. Arianna Huffington has announced that the site is putting an end to anonymous comments in a move to stop trolls posting abusive messages.

"Freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity," she said at a conference in Boston, citing the threats to Caroline Criado-Perez as an example of trolls' behaviour getting uglier and more aggressive.

Of course, when you have reports of female journalists (including myself) receiving rape and bomb threats, it's hard to deny there's a problem. But removing anonymity from comments is an ill-thought-out way to deal with it. It will have big consequences for the way that Huffington Post commenters can interact with the publication and, at the same time, may do very little to combat the problem of abusiveness. Read full article