Commenters hate HuffPost’s new Facebook-only commenting system

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post’s U.S. site and mobile apps will shift to using only Facebook comments starting Monday at noon, HuffPost CTO Otto Toth announced.

“This is far from an an end to conversation; it’s the start of conversation where you want to have it — and where you’ve been having it already,” he wrote.

Readers are having a Facebook conversation under Toth’s post, but many of them claim it’s the last one they’ll have before abandoning the site. The most-liked comment: “Now deleting my account, which I’ve used since 2011. If I wanted this integrated with Facebook, that’s how I would have logged in. Thanks for the memories.”

In January, Poynter wrote about the furor surrounding HuffPost’s decision to address trolling by requiring users to link a verified Facebook account to their HuffPost accounts and potentially reveal their real names before commenting.

HuffPost won’t be the only major media site to use Facebook comments exclusively. Others include ESPN, USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. But none of those sites have communities that were as integral to their success as HuffPost’s was, with its “fan” system and badges.

TechCrunch has some good insights from its move away from Facebook comments — and then back to them again.


Related: HuffPost policy banishes trolls — and drives away some frequent commenters | More news organizations try civilizing online comments with the help of social media

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  • daronlady620

    I was going to post something similar but I don’t think I can improve on that. Good show.

  • justacog

    Never thought of the religious angle always felt is more like to rival sports teams, which is just really sad because nowdays the parties are not much different. Rage Against The Machine Testify video shows the fact very well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA1bHZUp46o

  • Ben Franklin

    How comic that Poynter uses Discus, an old, stable, and well liked anonymous commenting platform while TechCrunch goes with buggy LiveFyre and Facebook, both of which are horrid. Kudos Poynter, and LOL@TechCrunch and HuffPo.

    FYI, I found my way to this article by first reading another Poynter article here:
    http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/234536/huffpost-policy-banishes-trolls-and-drives-away-some-frequent-commenters/

    I love the quote from HuffPo, where they brag about how well their elimination of Anon accounts has worked out.
    “We are very happy with the results so far. Comments are better, commenters are more cilivil, moderation has become easier, and the community is very healthy. We continue to work on improvements to provide a great reading and commenting experience and the positive results are visible to anyone who visits our site today.”

    I wonder if that guy still has his job.

  • Adriannan Nonyo

    I actually read about their daughter getting a 10million dollar apartment, if their daughter have 10 million dollars then she and her parents have A LOT more cash. I imagine they did sell out time and time again to get that currency. I also read that their daughter got a huge salary which no one else working there would get. I watched the comments defend their party pathetically. No one cares about individual people they just care about the name on the party, one is good the other is evil all the time its like they replace politics for religion. same thing with this republican site I was on, only if people knew how they were getting screwed over thoroughly by these big names.

  • justacog

    I went to huffpost a independent and left an independent, because I realized during the Clinton administration both parties are sold out to the rich and powerful and do not represent the true citizens of the nation.

  • justacog

    Yep that is why I deleted my HP account as the new FB comment system has been taken over by the trolls

  • Guest

    Huffy has turned you into the jackass who walks into a public place looking for a fight. Go ahead, make a laughing stock of yourself in front of everyone you know – if you even bother with that big in your face bitch book!

  • Guest

    Not only huffpost,, but AOL’s main site will be doing this soon. They have already changed the format (it is a horrible twitter style) and started deleting and purging comments at their will. Gee, I feel safer already . . . Nothing quite like destroying the economy and then taking away people’s privacy when they way want to point out the propaganda.

  • Adriannan Nonyo

    I went on HuffingtonPost liberal and I left independent.

  • big_mars75

    So right…their traditional comments feature, and reader interaction made the site what it was…Arianna has been watering down her site with corporate deal, after corporate deal for a few years now, I guess she just couldn’t resist. The site has lost all the grassroots feel that made it what it was…if I wanted to give more info to Facebook, I would do it myself!

  • bluega62

    When will we ever learn that people like Huffington and Al Gore so call principles are quickly abandon every time when it comes to those greens. Look at Al Gore sell out and sell off of Current News Network on cable to Aljazeera News for a brink truck full of millions, The same Al Gore who back in 2000 after the Supreme Court five Right wing Justices rule in favor of Bush on [ Just One Test Motion By Bush Lawyers on the Fla. election ] tuck his tail between his legs and leaving Four Justices who would have probably allowed Gore’s lawyers to approach with other arguments about why that re-count or a new election should not be done, did anyone go check his bank account after that tail tucking by Gore.

  • Dcbos

    See you at Politicus,Disqus Poynter sign up under disqus

  • Ian_Llanganagain

    I am curious then as to what you think the word “public” actually means, if not *public*. Are people who foolishly make their FB profile’s details “open to everyone” supposed to be somehow magically protected from having made such information “open to everyone”?

    In all seriousness, the vast majority of people are too ignorant (of how databases work and how they replicate information across platforms) to actually BE on the Internet. I wish I had more sympathy for them but diving into anything full of confidence and lacking any prior knowledge is rarely a recipe for undiluted success.

  • JW McCalvin

    Yes, I knew that listing one’s employment was an option (I never chose to), but I question whether people who listed it as part of their profile (along with, for example, where they were born, where they lived, where they went to school etc.) intended for any Facebook profile information to be part of their HuffPost IDs

  • Jennifer Mead

    Their fake reason why they did this i.e. “so users use their real names or are traceable” is ridiculous. I just logged in here as Jennifer Mead using my Google account. You know who I am, HuffPo knew who I was, so why lie and say it is about that? Very poor judgement on their part and a knife in the back of all the bloggers who used to go there. I miss it very much. I keep thinking they will allow Google logins etc at some point but that has not materialized. Obviously there is a monetary benefit to this and they are just being mum on it. It really is a betrayal and it busted up a great group of bloggers. I did notice they changed their comment section to say ‘Facebook Conversations’, that at least is something true they are putting forward about this move.

  • Ian_Llanganagain

    To be fair, choosing to list one’s place of employment, and further choosing to make that displayed as “public” are choices one can entirely control on Facebook (at least so far). People not bright enough to review their own privacy settings hardly have cause for complaint.

  • rain33

    I am floored by your experience with the HP person. Let’s just say in light of everything that has occurred, I’m glad I’m out. Hopefully we will all meet up on other more worthwhile sites. Huge disappointment all in all.

  • Yank in France

    I don’t know since I have stopped visiting the site. I don’t want them to rack up any more site hits on my account! :)
    But the few FB posts I did see were very mainstream and pretty boring.

  • JW McCalvin

    Today when I checked ‘Facebook Comments’ on HP I discovered that employment is now listed next to their names, e.g. [hypothetical] ‘Bill Jones Works at Home Depot.’ (Some real examples are even more specific) I’m sure a lot of people are anxious for everyone to know where they work.–if HuffFace commenters are nice, perhaps their phone numbers will be listed as well

  • undrgrndgirl

    lol.

  • undrgrndgirl

    in my opinion, all they have now ARE trolls.

  • undrgrndgirl

    you can’t even complain to huffpo without facebook. ugh.

  • undrgrndgirl

    thanks, will try it, too.

  • undrgrndgirl

    by limiting comments to only those with facebook accounts limits any real discussion. huffpo lost me last year when they required fb verification…i’d been posting there since at least 2007.
    i’m also disillusioned by disqus’ decision to no longer tabulate down votes – i think it’s important for users/commenters to see exactly how unacceptable some comments are. that just isn’t conveyed by a single red down arrow.

  • Intolerantcentrist

    Indeed…

  • Intolerantcentrist

    Try here:

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/649933-anjar/

    You might find some familiar faces.

  • ranch111

    It makes perfect sense cost-wise. You think HuffPo gives a rip about you?

  • ranch111

    Like a virus.

  • ranch111

    Real name? I created a new Facebook account with a ‘real name’ and then continued to troll their asses.

  • Yank in France

    Thanks, rain. I agree with your point about the HP, but I was mostly concerned about the growing number of trolls on their site. But their monitoring only made matters worse. A site needs sophisticated political people to decide if a person or a comment is troll-like. As you said about the articles, it was as if they unleashed a bunch of underpaid high school kids to do the site monitoring. We all had many decent posts eliminated from no comprehensibel reasons.
    Finally I was contacted by a real, live HP person after my moderator and pundit badges were removed withOUT warning. I asked why and she said that it had nothing to do with my more controversial positions (oh no!!). Instead she cited my open criticism of the quality of an HP article, although she agreed with me that the article inquestion was “trash”.
    My HP contact also informed me of their NEW rule that pundits shoud not use words lke “lie” or “liar” when it came to national or world leaders. I asked: “you mean that I cannot state that Vladimir Putin LIED when he said he did not have troops in Crimea”? What about Boko Haram, in Nigeria? Does that mean I can call them murderers?
    The HP contact’s response was a resounding NO, that I must couch any criticism of public figures (any public figures) in polite terms.
    Needless to say, I did not bother telling her that we read every single day articles by respected journalists and other public figures using terms like “liar” and much, much worse.
    I figured, what’s the point? I was dealing with a complete political neophyte who was simply following orders. How many times have we seen that in our lives?!

  • rain33

    ‘Yank in France’, I was one of your many followers on Huffington Post. I feel the same was as you, sold out and shafted. I have to say however, over the last 6 months, the quality of their articles and their editing went right down the toilet, it is hardly recognizable as the site it once was. It was as if it had been taken over by a bunch of over excited 18 year old’s, more interested in tabloid titillation rather than providing a platform for serious discussion. Nice knowing you “Yank in France”.

  • rain33

    I am so disappointed at the changes over at Huffington Post. After 7 years, thousands of comments, followers and fans, it’s all over. I went to their ‘contact us’ section, went into ‘news tips’ to advise them that that HuffPo was on life support as thousands flee the site due to their new facebook comments format. My small protest but at least I got to have my say! I also pointed out the irony that on the same page it states, “At Huffington Post we value your right to privacy” …oh really??

    Could someone kindly recommend some sites for all us Huffington Post ‘refugees’ to flip too? I know there are a few suggestions below, but a short list would be great.

    Sayonara HuffPo, it’s been emotional.

  • Kim Schroeder

    I totally hate !!!

  • Yank in France

    Great post, Haruko!

  • Victor

    I am really glad I came upon this site, as I am flabbergasted at the way so many of us were treated at Huffington Post. Yes, I understand the need to weed out the trolls but moving to Facebook is the equivalent of using the nuclear option. Sure, they got rid of the trolls but also a whole lot of decent posters.
    As “Yank in France”, I was a longtime “Pundit” and, later, Moderator, so they surely did not consider me to be a “troll”. And yet, why would I, or anyone else, display my political views on Facebook for family, friends and foes to observe? Clients and bosses can and DO axe people with whom they disagree on such emotional issues as Israel/Palestinie, abortion or reform of financial markets. Besides, do all or most of our friends really want to read our comments on Facebook, or anywhere else? Mine sure do not.
    I respect Ariana Huffington for providing a format for hundreds of thousands of people to express themselves, but she has let down big time her loyal stable of contributors, including moderators, pundits and other individuals who made her site the success it is today!

  • http://www.TwoCentReport.com/ Smedley Butler

    I think it’s due to a typo on an internal memo in which HP urged it’s staffers to help promote a sense of neighborhood and “commodity” :)

  • http://www.TwoCentReport.com/ Smedley Butler

    HP pretty much seems to have a good news only policy. You can see this from the outside by looking at the way any dissent is scrubbed from the site. HP has only successes the people who work for HP are responsible for any policy failures and like everything else they they are scrubbed clean and flushed down the memory hole.

  • http://www.TwoCentReport.com/ Smedley Butler

    I read your link last night but the comments held up now stop by and see me at TwoCentReport. You’re sorely missed :) The link was great and I may contact them next week to add a few thngs from my own personal experince with AH over the years.

  • filo

    Please do.

  • CatWhisperer

    Thanks, I will check these sites out!

  • CatWhisperer

    So this is why I can’t see the comments section any more? I tried both Firefox and Chrome, even resetting both to original settings. Wow. Goodbye Huff Po and thanks for the memories.

  • JohnInGermany

    Cancelled yesterday. Amazing how many other wonderful news sources there are outside of the HuffPo bubble. I was just fed up with their bad decisions and incredibly horrific design. Yikes. Arianna should know better. Account deleted, links removed. I think Crackbook is next. Thanks for the impetus Queen Huffington! Buh-by… I’m free!!!!!

  • J Doogles

    What fools they have ended the discussion instead of continuing it! Comments are now closed:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-mcdonald/end-of-anonymity_b_4418630.html

  • J Doogles

    And therein lies the rum, which is largely the reason I just call myself progressive, all to often you find that large so called liberal/left leaning organizations are just masquerading as the very thing they attempt to condemn The HuffPost is the latest example.

  • LO

    So we have to use facebook now to leave a comment??? Screw this s***. Good bye Huffpo…. It was nice knowing you…

  • DC

    You have to log out of your FB account too. The plug-in is linked to FB, not HP.

  • DC

    That was a giant load of bullsh*t. And we all know it.

  • DC

    Oh, and it is also offensive to me that a site would move towards less privacy when they’ve been such (supposed) champions of MORE online privacy. Complete hypocrisy.

  • DC

    I canceled my account last year when “stage 1″ was instituted. I think this is a disaster of a move and clearly shows Mr. Toth has *no* idea what’s he’s doing (unless Arianna called him in last year and said “Let’s figure out a way to drive away most of our loyal users who’ve been with us for years and reduce traffic to our site.”). I hope we hear news of his firing shortly. This move has absolutely DESTROYED the HP user community. As you can see in any of the comments, people DO NOT want to mix their very personal FB accounts with a site where they used to be able to comment freely on incendiary topics that they prefer to keep separate from family, friends and co-workers. Somehow, this point was completely missed by the know-it-alls at HP. Good riddance.

  • http://www.TwoCentReport.com/ Smedley Butler

    I’ve described HP as practicing “Vulture Media” in the same sense that Bain Capitol practices “Vulture Capitalism’ :)

  • Dcbos

    Amen Friend; Dbos

  • carinthia62

    I cancelled my HP account yesterday and just went back to check to see if it really had been cancelled. I tried to log in and the site said my account had been closed. But then I went to see the FB posts on a specific article and lo and behold, there was my FB in the comments section all ready for me to post. So I guess they don’t really allow us to leave do they? It will be a frosty Friday before I post there again. I had been a member since 2009 and my user name was JennyD. Doubt anybody here will recognize me as I only had 160 fans after 5 years. LOL.

    The sentiment here seems to be that HuffP will regret their decision but I have to disagree. I think they knew exactly what they were doing and what the outcome would be. In essence they have shut down free speech in terms of the populace expressing meaningful opinions. I find this rather frightening to be honest and it makes me wonder what else is going on behind the scenes and by whom and where this might lead? I’ve always been suspicious of FB but as with a lot of folks, I find it is a great way to connect with family and friends etc., although I can’t help but feel like I’m a participating in a well planned somewhat sinister herd strategy.

    Good to see lots of familiar people and others who have said goodbye to HP.

  • Intolerantcentrist

    Back in December, Huff purged all the trolls (those unfortunate individuals who did not or would not sign up with Facebook). In the greater scheme of things, we are all “trolls” now. Most of us who were force out of HP (like me) consider ourselves “Huffugees”. Now, many more share that scar as well. But, time moves on. Hope you can find another place where you feel comfortable.

  • Tom Paine

    I was considered a ‘troll’ on Puffington because I believe in a small limited government, Liberty, and that the government is not your nanny telling you what to do and how to behave.

  • epazote

    It’s very difficult to close an account at huffblows…just keep at it until the confirmation e-mail is received. And be sure to remove their cookie from your browser.

  • mike

    That’s what happens when you become a corporate sellout.

  • mike

    Thanks! I thought i was doing something wrong because I never received a confirmation. I’ll go back and click remove a few more times to see what happens. I guess they really don’t want to see us go.
    I’m sure Arriana will regret the decision; can’t always rely on the bean counters. I really enjoyed HP. I can honestly say I found pleasure in reading articles and commenting with fellow poli/news-junkies.

  • epazote

    Go into your profile
    click on delete account, click again when asked “are you sure” (it may take repeated efforts, 18 times for me before I received confirmation my account had been closed)
    Go into your browser and remove their cookie
    Log onto huffblows to make certain your account is actually closed
    if it hasn’t been closed, repeat the process

  • epazote

    Hey Ian !
    Long time no say howdy. Good to see you again !
    Eh Oh Hell has a long time business plan…fuck up every enterprise they’ve ever engaged in. Makes me wonder why shareholders don’t revolt.

  • mike

    Does anyone have the steps on how to delete my HP account? Thanks.

  • chezmoi

    Ah, I think it’s way down the page from Forrest’s speech. Never mind, just go over to $.02 and check it out! It’s a happy place, and he’s working on getting good, commentable articles and links.

  • Ian_Llanganagain

    I’ve been sending everyone on HP Can to epochtimes as opportunity permits, but going there myself saw no notice of the twocentreport.

  • chezmoi

    Follow the link, my dear boy, and go the the Gnus Forum. I think it was SB himself, but I could be wrong. Heh. Forrest Grump put up a good post on the ET forum as well. Tell all the pals, ok?

  • Ian_Llanganagain

    Inside knowledge? DO TELL. I love gossip about dysfunctional workplaces and their HQ sounds like a goldmine.

  • Classical_Gas

    Hi, chezmoi! I’ve been missing you, too – I’m going to try to drop in at 2cReport soon!

  • chezmoi

    Hi, CG! I’ve been missing you. I hope to see you around ET and now TwoCentReport. Epazote got in ahead of me with the news – it’s a great place.

  • chezmoi

    Hi, Ian. I’ve heard others who have inside knowledge confirm your theory of internal problems.

    May I suggest to Huffugees that there are some good alternatives where you can keep in touch with your scattered friends, you know about Epoch Times forums, but there’s a new game in town as well – Smedley Butler has opened another, with news and social forums as well as articles: http://www.twocentreport.com/

    See y’all in the places that love us.

  • Ian_Llanganagain

    Moving the conversation to where you [absolutely do not] want to have it…

    First came the new, “Carousel of Conversational Curtailment” format last year, as decried by users pretty much universally, as announced by two long-since “disappeared” staffers. Then came the universally despised “verification” via FB in Dec, as announced by their previously unheard of (and not heard from since) “Director of community (dis-)Engagement”. Now this latest nail, as announced by their never-before-heard-from “CTO” – the “ottototh”. Development of the “Carousel” could not have been free, which leads one to wonder whose brilliant egg that idea was, and why they bothered wasting time and budget to develop it.

    One gets the impression that HP (a) has a really serious internal cultural problem with admitting they have made errors. One also gets the impression that they must be recruiting specifically to find people to deliver bad news.

    One simply cannot wait to see what their Alexa and other Internet rankings will be… I would call this “brand seppuku”.

  • http://poshhub.com/ Phone Source

    It is like the Huffington Post is now being run by a mad man.

  • Intolerantcentrist

    Essentially, Huff Post has erected a Facebook “Play-wall”; you have to play with Facebook in order to interact with Huff’s content.

  • Intolerantcentrist

    Yeah, HP in ditching the commenting community essentially re-branded itself. Some sites like ESPN can be successful with Facebook commenting because their proprietary content is what drives the site. Huff, on the other hand, is still mostly a news aggregator. They have only a limited amount of directly produced content.

  • U Dontknowmelikedat

    Sad but brilliant

  • U Dontknowmelikedat

    I am so horrified today. HuffPo was my favorite website. I left after 7 years of regular reading and commenting. Bye HuffPo users, you guys were great and taught me so much over the years.

  • lars626

    The trick is the phone number.
    To be a ‘verified’ Facebook user you have to get the magic code.
    To get the magic code you have to give them a phone number to receive the text.
    When you provided the phone number, which you make the choice to do, they are free to use that number in any advertising, or other crap, they want.
    You Really do not want to give them that number.

    They don’t seem to understand that the best comments come from people that understand how stuff works and that they won’t comment. You are left with the ignorant, uninformed, and trolls. The increased noise level will drive away even more people.

    When they insist I play with a rigged system I choose not to play.

  • filo

    I wasn’t sure if I had seen you there or not.

  • PlutocratsSuck

    IMO any standards there went in the toilet as soon as it was sold to one of the worst internet companies in the market and the inexorable downward spiral began. I guess the writing was on the wall when they started trying to disguise corporate ads as articles, began comment purging and irrational censorship, and lest we forget, sideboobs and twerk-a-palooza. It’s just an ad revenue generator for AOL now, a comment community is probably more of a hindrance than anything.

  • Classical_Gas

    Thank you, it’s always a pleasure to see you!

  • Intolerantcentrist

    Yep. I guess a way of looking at this, from a HP perspective, is the media brand is not defined by pits of nasty commenters; Facebook creates a pseudo firewall between HP’s content and comments. All the while dispersing HP’s content via Facebook.

  • epazote

    Good seeing you again CG !

  • PlutocratsSuck

    Thanks, I’ve been there. I drop in once and a while.

  • filo

    As it turns out, WE were the trolls they wanted to get rid of.

  • Intolerantcentrist

    And they lied to their users about the migration to Facebook; the crap about eliminated “trolls”. One would think an organization that markets itself as a “news” outlet would have some standards. Apparently not,

  • filo

    I made RS my new home page a while ago. I also found a new home at Epoch Times. There are two forums there that are fun.

    The first is for political discussions and can be found here.

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/649933-anjar/

    The second one is called Last Call. It’s a bar of sorts. Folks go there in the evening to play music, have a good laugh and a cocktail or two. You can find it here.

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/650098-last-call/

    Stop by some time. You will recognize many old friends there including many of the people on this page. Grumpy Old Dude showed up last night. It was the first time seeing him since December.Some other people showed up last night too.

  • Classical_Gas

    Thanks, epazote!

  • PlutocratsSuck

    You too, I’ve seen you around at RS from time to time.

  • epazote

    Smedley Butler’s new site too
    http://www.twocentreport.com
    Lots of familiar faces

  • filo

    Back in December I went so far as to set up a dummy FB page. When I returned to Aitch Pea I found out that I had to “verify” that account by giving FB my cel number. WTF? I deleted the FB account. I didn’t delete the Aitch Pea account so I could look in on old friends there. I deleted it on Sunday figuring it would be one more of the current exodus.

    I remember you from Aitch Pea and it’s nice to see you.

  • PlutocratsSuck

    It was a corny pun that a grandfathered account would be something of value one day, like put on ebay or something, which is just obscene in hindsight as they clearly never had any intention to keep that promise.

  • PlutocratsSuck

    I never understood how that was supposed to happen, anyone that thinks a FB account stops trolling hasn’t seen many FB threads. It was a financial decision IMO.

  • PlutocratsSuck

    “This is far from an an end to conversation; it’s the start of conversation where you want to have it — and where you’ve been having it already,”

    Baloney. They made a cost/benefit decision to nix the comment section. Now Facebook has to host the comments and HP no longer has to deal with the hassle because clearly they do not value user input on the matter. They get the clicks and FB gets new users to data mine: win-win. That’s all this has ever been about IMO, all else was a smokescreen to hide the big middle-finger to users who spent years there contributing and making that site what it was. Emphasis on was.

  • geezer 56

    On second thought, maybe they do require verification. I got in a couple FB comments yesterday, but now I see they’ve disappeared. Oh, well!

  • Intolerantcentrist

    Facebook has a way of “virtually” acquiring a company, without needing to legally acquire a company…

  • Classical_Gas

    Good to know – thanks!

  • geezer 56

    Epoch Times forums–Anjar during the day, party time at Last Call at night. And they have an article about HP’s latest move, too. Lotsa action going on at all three places right now. Come join the party!

  • BornOkayTheFirstTime

    What HP is (and was) doing is dissembling with no appearance of self-awareness. The values of a news outlet should include honesty and integrity in their presentation, which should include how they interact with their audience at the meta level. If they’re clearly lying to their users about their policies and priorities, why should anyone believe their “objective” journalism is any more honorable? Their credibility on all fronts should be non-existent.

  • Classical_Gas

    Oh yeah, it has! The writing was on the wall for me last December. Part three, indeed.

    I’ve been really busy lately – spread a bit thin and all. Where’s the latest hot spot?

  • geezer 56

    Doin’ great. It’s been interesting the last couple days to see Exodus Part 2 happening. Or Part 3, if you count when HP merged with AOL. Where you been? Never see you around anymore.

  • Classical_Gas

    Hiya, Geezer! Great to see you! How’s things?

  • geezer 56

    Hey, there’s a face I haven’t seen in a long time! Hiya, CG!

  • Classical_Gas

    I did, but it seemed to be a joke. :roll:

  • HamletsMill

    Back by popular demand…in theaters everywhere as a Summer Blockbuster!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk4QtkJi620

  • Haruko Haruhara

    I never saw that. I don’t think it ever happened, though.

  • Nebdem

    I recall in one of the first blog posts about the coming change to the policy that the author of the post stated something to the effect those with known profiles would be allowed to auction them off. I wonder what happened to that proposal?

  • Haruko Haruhara

    Really good point!

  • Nebdem

    Greetings, Haruko! What I really find insulting in the decision by the Huffington Post (HP) to change their policy to Facebook (FB) is that HP has no problems running articles about the dangers of a person’s information being compromised by using FB.

    So, while they ran articles about meta-data, the NSA, the concerns people have about the lost of their privacy on the internet, etc, etc. They nevertheless were sending mixed messages by posting articles that condemn FB, yet all the while behind-the-scenes converting to a FB comment structure.

  • Haruko Haruhara

    Hai, Neb!

  • Nebdem

    Well said!

  • filo

    Maybe they considered us trolls?

  • smartladydem

    I agree, this is about money, it’s always about money.

  • Haruko Haruhara

    I don’t think it was ever about trolls, though. That’s what they claimed, but I don’t believe them.

  • filo

    That doesn’t matter to me because I won’t be going back there. In an effort to get rid of the trolls they got rid of a lot of really good people instead. I’ll bet they still have the trolls too. What an utter fail.

  • Haruko Haruhara

    They keep changing their story of what it’s really about. I doubt they’ve ever told anyone the truth.

  • Haruko Haruhara

    Many of us don’t trust Facebook, we don’t think Facebook safeguards are privacy adequately and want nothing to do with it as a commenting platform.

    Many, many, many users tried to tell HP this. HP completely ignored this, and as a result, their clicks have dropped dramatically. I have a suspicion they have laid off most if not all their moderation staff of 40.

    From a business standpoint, this doesn’t make sense, alienate your longtime users, purposely drop clicks. This has to be some kind of revenue-sharing venture with Facebook. Maybe that’s the secret.

    Many other sites have similar content to HP. It remains to see if this model will work, but for the moment, it appears to be a colossal mistake, and good luck getting a company to admit it made a colossal mistake.

  • geezer 56

    And guess what–HP no longer requires a “verified” Facebook account. Back in December they justified changes to their commenting system by insisting it was all about bringing “civility” to the site and discouraging trolls. What a load of hooey.

  • Albin

    In Canada, there are few national news sites without paywalls, and HPost is one. It seemed to be trying to do some original Canadian content, and I kind of liked the hard news stories alongside bloggy tabloidy stuff I’d not normally look at. But they introduced FB logins last year and it’s not bookmarked any more.

  • http://jaimegandarilla.tumblr.com/ Jaime Gandarilla

    I will :(

  • http://jaimegandarilla.tumblr.com/ Jaime Gandarilla

    lol have you read the comments? EVERYBODY hates this.
    They used to only have Fb comment boxes for the Celeb articles, which made sense.

    This will cost them…

  • 6 one way half a dozen another

    When they made the announcement, I sent them a feedback email complaining about it. I wondered why they did not choose Discus and suggested that they change to it instead. Obviously, I made no impact on their decision.
    Anyway, most of their articles are given click-bait headlines and recycle stories posted earlier (up to days earlier) by others. I won’t miss commenting there by one bit.