For the HuffPost community to grow and develop we must emphasize fairness in access, promote civil discourse, reduce vitriol on our pages and provide a defense against trolling. A key strategy in doing all of this is our plan to require all new members to identify themselves when they create an account.
It's simple and painless to decry online toxicity; it's harder and more important to do something about it. We at The Huffington Post have chosen to take an affirmative step by verifying the identities of new commenter accounts. We won't eliminate every last note of negativity and nastiness on the site, but we believe this change will offer the guarantee of a gut check. Our hope is that this decision will lead to more of the robust conversations that we love having on HuffPost, and with that end in mind, we invite you to leave your comments below.
Since conversations are such a key part of the HuffPost experience, we are always thinking about how to make them better, simpler, more engaging, and more fulfilling. That's why today we're introducing HuffPost Conversations, a system that upgrades the way you comment on HuffPost, while leaving alone the aspects that have made the comments section so vibrant in the first place. We've added a cleaner layout and a new functionality, so your online conversations become more like back-and-forth exchanges. For example, if you're discussing a HuffPost story with more than two people, you will now see a "Read Conversation" button that will make the exchange easier to follow: who said what, when they said it, and what they were responding to. And since we're always looking for ways to expand the conversation and bring in new voices, it's now possible to share individual comments on Facebook and Twitter.