HuffPost Policy Banishes Trolls — and Drives Away Some Frequent Commenters
Posted: 1/8/2014  |  By: Sam Kirkland | Poynter
When The Huffington Post announced that all commenters — not just new registrants — would be required starting Dec. 10 to link their profiles to Facebook accounts verified with a phone number and have their real names displayed when commenting, the reaction was fierce. Commenters, many of whom had left thousands of comments and amassed thousands of “fans” over five or more years on the site, felt betrayed.