CBC is reportedly considering requiring commenters to use their real names. I would hate to see more sites abolish anonymous commenting and hope they come up with a better approach than to require real names:
The CBC is considering a new policy whereby people commenting on news stories must use their real names, a corporation spokesman has said in response to complaints from an MP.
On Wednesday, Charlottetown MP Shawn Murphy issued a release calling for an end to anonymous commenting on news stories. He called many of the comments on the websites for CBC P.E.I. and the Charlottetown Guardian “hateful, many times untrue, and potentially defamatory.”
Jeff Keay, head of media relations for CBC English services, said Thursday that the corporation is looking at whether it should adopt a new online commenting policy. Keay said most news agencies are struggling with the issue.
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