Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Anonymity of Comments on News Sites

When news sites, after years of hanging back, embraced the idea of allowing readers to post comments, the near-universal assumption was that anyone could weigh in and remain anonymous. But now, that idea is under attack from several directions, and journalists, more than ever, are questioning whether anonymity should be a given on news sites.

That's kind of a hard thing to crack down on. An identity is just a form and a gmail address away if the name sounds real enough.


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