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LA Times tests Facebook commenting system



Earlier this month Facebook launched a commenting system for online publications that, in theory, does away with anonymous comments, cleaning up the obnoxious and obscene reader comments that sometimes prompt editors to delete or disallow comments altogether -- NPR recently took this step, turning off comments that had gotten out of control on a story about CBS correspondent Lara Logan who was sexually assaulted while reporting in Egypt.

Any publication that uses the Facebook commenting system requires readers to first sign into Facebook or use a Yahoo ID before being able to post a comment, which helps ensure commenters are not hiding behind fake identities, CNN explained.

Following the example of other blogs and smaller newspapers who already have done so, this week the Los Angeles Times began using the Facebook commenting system for its technology blog, and one of its sports blogs will soon follow suit, the newspaper said Tuesday, March 15.

Jimmy Orr, managing editor/online for the LA Times, explained the newspaper's decision, saying, "By requiring a Facebook registration, it will cut down on the mean-spirited, profane and sometimes useless responses because one's friends will also see the comments in their newsfeeds."

California's Paradise Post, which also has started using the Facebook commenting system, said doing so will improve automatic moderation and obscenity filters.

TechCrunch began using Facebook comments, which M.G. Siegler noted has resulted in better quality, more coherent comments from readers, and less "trollish garbage... The cold pricklies have turned to warm fuzzies." Still, the switch also has meant fewer comments, but site traffic has not been impacted, Siegler said. Bottom line, he concluded, is that comments on the blog had been "out of control" for too long, so for now, despite the downside of having to have a Facebook or Yahoo account to comment, TechCrunch is sticking with the system.

Erick Schonfeld offers a list of the pros and cons of the Facebook commenting system, such as the decrease in trolls, but the exclusion of Twitter and Google IDs, and potential backlash as readers' comments could appear in their friends' Facebook newsfeeds.

In a letter to the editor in the Times-Herald in Vallejo, CA, Gregg L. DesElms worried that the newspaper's decision to use the Facebook commenting system, which does away with anonymity, will chill free speech.



23 comments

 
Jasa wrote 3 years 33 weeks ago

It is worthless

Well, no one wanna be spammed. Mind your self posted an individual activity like usual then dozens commeny comming through your post which has no related issues posted. Its gotta be joking. Thinking about crime. Facebook has been reported for crime activites such as online bullying, scamming (also known as social engineering) else things can happen. It will become easier and easier. Nowadays, it is necessary to surfing on internet. That also happen to kid.

 
twitter for business followers wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I hate spam comments

I hate when I leave a comment and the site owner doesn't approve it. This comment could be very relevant to the post, but I check out the site another time and I don't see my post anywhere. This makes you feel like what's the point on commenting.

 
Alejandro Martínez wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Apologies

Sorry for that, publishing and responding to comments can be a time-consuming endeavor and we're working hard to find a better system to expedite the process. Keep in touch,
Alejandro Martínez
Program Coordinator

 
Publicidad en Facebook wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Facebook Marketing

Currently advertising on Facebook is marked below the email marketing, why companies like GM have stopped advertising for that company. But the Facebook advertising serves very well for other sectors.

 
hide the ip wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

right to privacy

The right to privacy is a fundamental human right.
Right are not automatic. They must be seized and fought for.

 
Play free online games wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

I like facebook system. But I

I like facebook system. But I don't think this commenting system is a good one.

 
facebook app creation wrote 5 years 17 weeks ago

agree

Facebook is the famous and high pr social media networking site .I agree in testing facebook commenting system and its tag system it is the best option .

 
Posicionamiento Web wrote 5 years 17 weeks ago

Facebook

I think Facebook helps small businesses expand their businesses

 
live wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

comment

I would says that annonymous surfing and interacting has been the backbone of web based services for ages now...I'd be curious to see if Facebook or any other service will manage to do sth sizeable with real identities. Currently facebook has managed to build sth on real identities but on private networks i.e. if you'r not a friend you cannot see or comment so....it's pretty close to anonymous to me.

 
live wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

comment

Even I like facebook and especially facebook games I really don't like this feature. I think that anonymous comments are something very important for web and for freedom of speech general. Sometimes you just want to say something and you cannot allow to let the people who knows you to know this. Anonymous comments are very important for many people and without it the net will be much less free space than it was.

 
Alan Williamson wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

FB

Interesting post

 
Manny wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Facebook is one the highest

Facebook is one the highest page rank social site.You can private your wall post if you want by changing the setting of your account.

 
Raghunath Pillai wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Less load on Akismet

I have been using Akismet plugin for the same. Most of the time I decide not to approve the comments as I believe those are spam comments. With facebook commenting being enabled, I can approve the comments without any second thought. I am not sure that ones' commenting appearing in the contacts' 'News feed' would be a welcome thing though...

 
Mel Lifshitz wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

@Guest

Anonymity makes the World Wide Web a non-threatening place to express opinions and sentiments without to worry about reputations and what people will say.

 
humor jeans wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

humor jeans

Facebook is popular networking site and I am enjoying using it. Thank you

 
buy youtube views wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

My view on FB commenting system

People should be let to explain themselves and i think anonymous commenting gives people freedom of speech and should be allowed. Some people do comments bad things but remember that bad comments can make an impact on our lives or change the way we think.

 
Adrián | Diseño web en Málaga de calidad wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

Facebook internet within the internet

Facebook was the next breakthrough Internet, connected to the world a more humane way. So I think your opinion is good. In the future there will be no trade for anonymous users not interested. I like to know who I mean. And you?

 
humor jeans wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

humor jeans

Facebook is the famous social media network and I agree in testing facebook commenting system

 
Societ plus - Get more twitter followers wrote 5 years 31 weeks ago

facebook commenting system drive more reliable

yes facebook commenting system is very well and will drive more reliable webpage !

 
Jospeh Lakeman wrote 5 years 39 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing this

Thanks for sharing this information. This is a good reference in LA Times tests Facebook commenting system, but would you please describe, how do you do your study regarding this article?

Regards,
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games wrote 5 years 40 weeks ago

I don't like it

Even I like facebook and especially facebook games I really don't like this feature. I think that anonymous comments are something very important for web and for freedom of speech general. Sometimes you just want to say something and you cannot allow to let the people who knows you to know this. Anonymous comments are very important for many people and without it the net will be much less free space than it was.

 
création sci wrote 6 years 2 days ago

Well

I would says that annonymous surfing and interacting has been the backbone of web based services for ages now...I'd be curious to see if Facebook or any other service will manage to do sth sizeable with real identities. Currently facebook has managed to build sth on real identities but on private networks i.e. if you'r not a friend you cannot see or comment so....it's pretty close to anonymous to me.

 
Guest wrote 6 years 1 week ago

Anonymous comments are a

Anonymous comments are a great way to gauge what people are really thinking when they aren't being polite. Way to eliminate honesty from public discourse, LA Times. Way to make commenting pointless.

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