TODAY   |  December 27, 2013

Major websites crack down on nasty comments

YouTube, Huffington Post and Popular Science are among the major websites cracking down on nasty online commenters, forcing them to use their real names, employing censors, or even removing all user comments from the site.

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>> yeah.

>> remember thumper? if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?

>> okay.

>> on the internet the rule is if you don't have anything kind to say, go to the comments section. they can be so nasty and are often anonymous. the huffington post is employing moderators to weed out these comments. you can not be anonymous on youtube and websites like popular science banned comments all together. question is how do you balance, certainly free speech. but the ability to say what you want to say and not have to give up your privacy with, i don't know, good decorum.

>> you can say whatever you want , but own it.

>> exactly.

>> that's like the person that's driving next to you who is angry and gives you a gesture. no, stop and talk to me if there's an issue.

>> you say things on the internet that you would never say in real life .

>> people change the way they are when they post knowing their identity is hidden.

>> if you would say it to your neighbor and look somebody in the eye then say it but most of the come mments wouldn't say that.

>> don't hide behind t dot squared.

>> she's been exposed. james franco , our friend that's been on the show many times has a bit of a bone to pick with you.

>> no.