The challenge of eliminating anonymous comments

byIJNet
Aug 31, 2014 in Social Media

The unintended consequences of bringing transparency to comment boards, new social media policies at the Times of India and more are found in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Here are IJNet's picks from this week's stories:

Research shows that if you remove anonymity, you won’t hear from most of your readers

Many media outlets seem to believe that by forcing readers to use their real identities, they will solve the problem of bad comments — but in reality, all they are doing is making it less likely that most of their readers will ever respond to their content. (GigaOm, 8/27)

The Times of India has an unusual new Twitter and Facebook policy

Hundreds of journalists working at the Times of India and its sister publications have received a peculiar request from their employer: hand over your Twitter and Facebook passwords and let us post for you. Even after you leave the company. (Quartz, 8/26)

Why Facebook wants to display less "clickbait"

Ever seen those headlines that start with “You will NEVER believe…” that are shared by your friends or promoted by advertisers on your Facebook news feed? Now the social network says it’s trying to crack down on exactly those kinds of headlines, which it describes as “click-bait,” because the teasers are aimed at encouraging people to click on them without giving much information about what readers will see next. (Washington Post, 8/26)

CIMA offers the Mash Up free via email. Sign up here.

Image CC-licensed on Flickr via janine.