Arianna Huffington versus history: Wi...

Arianna Huffington versus history: Will real names stop trolls, or just free speech?

There are 2 comments on the Boston.com story from Aug 21, 2013, titled Arianna Huffington versus history: Will real names stop trolls, or just free speech?. In it, Boston.com reports that:

The Internet: Now 30% Nicer! Or at least that's the hope as Huffington Post moves away from anonymous comments to fight trolls that founder Arianna Huffington said have become "aggressive and uglier" than ever .

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TheSPEECHnNOTthe SPEAKER

Pottstown, PA

#1 Aug 23, 2013
Real Name on the internet of all places is not 'free' speech simply for the fact you have to give it to post. The internet and comments section are about idea and thoughts. It doesn't take brain surgeons to figure who is a troll or not. The other commenters and readers need to be the censors. The thought should be scrutinized and not poster.

Real names given to the site owner or posted on line open them up to harassment and lawsuits which will be easier to obtain now. One less step for lawyers or even other internet users. And given the recent abuses by the government, NSA, IRS etc do you think the owners and operators of the Huffington Post or any site won't be tempted to use your name and derived information against you one day. Arianna Huffington is more trustworthy and less biased than the government???

It's scarey how many main stream/ish media types advocate this. Your average internet poster does not have access to the lawyers, money and power of a station or media group if something happens. They voluntarily chose to be in a paid public spotlight. An anonymous internet poster does not. Being Anonymous(or NOT because of IP information) is the only protection a commentator has.

Not denying the existence of trolls but they are easily identifiable. A pain to read or skim their posts sometimes but easily identifiable. I wish more posters on a board would report violators and not just to eliminate an opposing opinion. Most boards already have the tools to help eliminate or control trolls.

And quite frankly-it's THE INTERNET, not a stomping ground for intellectual elitist who only want formal opinion in a academic setting. Sometimes I think many of these professional pontificators are afraid of the competition with some pretty good thoughts, ideas and observations made public for free before they get to say it.
TheSPEECHnNOTthe SPEAKER

Pottstown, PA

#2 Aug 23, 2013
If nothing else I hope mandatory name commenting speeds up the Huffington Post. It takes for ever to load and is full of crap, cookies and viruses. It's a slug when it comes to speed. It's like old dial up.

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