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HuffPost Requires Commenters to Connect Facebook Accounts

From now on, if you want to comment on The Huffington Post, you’re going to need a Facebook account. Anyone who wants to comment anonymously will have to apply for the privilege. Tim McDonald, HuffPost’s director of community, explained how the new system works:

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.

The change was announced back in August, when Arianna Huffington announced that HuffPost was doing away with anonymous comments because of how harsh and ridiculous they can be. “We need to evolve a platform to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet,” Huffington said at the time.

Commenters are (of course) already expressing outrage.

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Why We’re Shutting Off Our Comments (Popular Science)
Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off. It wasn’t a decision we made lightly. As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter. The Atlantic Like a narrow Supreme Court opinion, PopSci‘s defense was case-specific, without presuming to tell other sites they should follow along. Comments “erode the popular consensus” on scientifically validated topics, Suzanne LaBarre, PopSci‘s online content director wrote, such as climate change and evolution. It’s perfectly legal to wonder aloud on your Facebook page whether dinosaur bones are real or placed there by a spiritual entity to test our faith. But it’s not quite the discussion a site like PopSci wants to cultivate under a column by a world-renowned paleontologist. The Washington Post / ComPost End the comments! For civilization! They’re finally doing it. No more comments. Popular Science has just announced that it is putting the kibosh on the comments. And it can’t come soon enough. paidContent I’m tempted to argue that it’s also bad for science when you jump to conclusions based on very little evidence, or when you close off potential avenues for informed debate that might help your reporting, but there’s a bit more to it. FishbowlNY It’s hard to argue with her, but we’re sure someone, somewhere, really wants to.

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Popular Science Ends Comments

Popular Science has had it with morons. In an effort to curb people from posting idiotic, rude and over-the-top comments on its site, the magazine has eliminated the option.

“Comments can be bad for science,” wrote PopSci’s online content director, Suzanne LaBarre. “That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off.”

LaBarre continues:

A politically motivated, decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics. Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. Scientific certainty is just another thing for two people to ‘debate’ on television. And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

It’s hard to argue with her, but we’re sure someone, somewhere, really wants to.