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Turning the Page on Anonymity: The Future of HuffPost Comments

12/10/2013 12:49 pm ET | Updated Feb 09, 2014
  • Tim McDonald Human with a heart. Recovering marketer. Purposeful connector. Proud LIFEaholic. #LIFEworking

Maintaining a civil environment for real conversation and community has always been key to The Huffington Post. From day one, our comments were pre-moderated, and we invested in the most advanced moderation technology along with human moderators.

Now, as Arianna Huffington announced earlier this year, we're going a step further to evolve our platform -- which has always been about community and engagement -- to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet. On December 10, after weeks of fine-tuning our commenting technology and platform, we are pulling the switch in a way that will keep the best parts about commenting on HuffPost while bringing more civility and accountability to the experience.

Here's how to get started under this new system. When you log in to your account and go to make a comment, you will be prompted to link your commenting account to your verified Facebook account. Then, choose how you'd like your name to be displayed. You can either display your first and last names, or your first name and last initial. This is the only information that will be viewable to the community at large, and you will have control over your private information via Facebook's privacy settings.

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If you do not want to link your Huffington Post account to Facebook, you can still log in to your account and fan and fave other users and their comments. And if, for whatever reason, you fear posting a comment under your name -- if you are a whistleblower, or fear harassment, or any other reason -- you can apply for the right to comment anonymously by filling out this form.

If you have any questions, please send us an email and someone on our community team will get back to you. Happy Commenting!