Why Huffington Post bans anonymous comments

2013-08-25 01:58:03 GMT2013-08-25 09:58:03(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Managing Editor Jimmy Soni appeared on CNN Friday to explain The Huffington Post's latest effort to fight trolls: as of next month, commenters won't be allowed to post anonymously on the site.

"We're looking to promote civil discourse on our site," Soni said. "We want to do what we've always done: promote a positive, healthy community at our global news website."

"We feel like it reflects the maturing internet and our maturing website," he added.

The idea, Soni explained, is that people are willing to say lots of nasty things from behind a veil of anonymity that they wouldn't be willing to put their name to. "We feel like when people put their name on a comment it does invest it with a different meaning, he said. "There will be that gut-check moment before they comment."

Soni believes that rather than discouraging people from commenting, the new policy will actually generate much more rewarding discussions that will motivate people to chime in. "I think what you're going to see is people get more excited about participating, more open because they're going to be in a place that's actually civil, that's actually positive," he said.


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