Why are we changing to Facebook authentication for commenting?
Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:05:32 GMT — Why are we changing to Facebook authentication for commenting? We TMve changed the way you can comment on our stories at connectmidmissouri.com in a way that we believe will foster a more civil and pleasant online discussion than what you may have seen in the past. In fact, we know that many of you have avoided commenting on our stories " not because you had nothing to say " because you were turned off by some of the off-topic and frankly vile comments left by anonymous users. We heard you. We listened. And now we TMre launching a change we believe will create a more positive online community connected with our website. From today forward, to leave a comment on our website, you will need to log in with an active Facebook account. No longer will commenting be anonymous. This is an industry-wide trend, and there TMs good reason for it.
- Commenting tends to be more civil and on-topic when users are leaving comments through their Facebook profiles.
- Trolls who like to make irrelevant comments, post SPAM and even make derogatory, racist or hateful comments will largely go away because to leave such a comment, their real name and face goes along with the comment.
- Facebook does a great job of identifying fake users and automatically blocks their comments from public view.