Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, December 05, 2011

Enquirer switching to Facebook comments later today

Last week, the Enquirer published an article, “Sounding off - without the ugliness,” that stated, in part, “Starting Dec. 5, we will no longer allow anonymous comments at You will use a Facebook account to post comments on stories. That is the best way today to ensure that people use their real names. If you don't use Facebook, it's easy to set up an account.”

That kicked off a firestorm of 1,400 comments, many/most of which objected to the change on a variety of grounds, including the loss or potential loss of anonymity. Many readers pointed out they already have fake Facebook accounts. Other said they will not express views without the cloak of anonymity for fear of retaliation, stalking, etc. We can empathize about that concern since we've on the receiving end of some unpleasantness for stating opinions publicly.

What do you think about the Enquirer’s move to Facebook commenting? Would you post an opinion using your identity? Will the Enquirer’s readers get on board with this?