'OC Register' Requires Commenters to Use Facebook

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In an extraordinary mea culpa written today by Orange County Register editor Ken Brusic, the paper announced that it's forcing anyone who wants to leave a comment on one of its stories to log in via Facebook.

The reason? Their readers are racist losers, and they can't do anything to stop them from being racist losers--except make said racist losers identify themselves publicly.

"We tried blocking comments and banning the worst of the users," Brusic wrote. "At one point, we had two people policing the comments as their full-time work. But the most persistent kept finding ways to return, ruining the experience for others and driving away the larger audience."

The Liberal OC called this a while back, and the Reg's racist loser readers, of course, ain't liking it. "Bye Register...tis been fun," one wrote. "I refuse to enter the Facebook domain and let me information become public...for what?? To comment on obvious illegal immigration propoganda and support?? No thanks!! That is all the register has become anyway!! BYEEEEEEEEEEE!!"

"OCR = Big Babies," wrote another. And on and on and on...

On our end, we welcome the Reg's disaffected audience to come our way--not only do we allow anonymous comments (although no sock puppetry), we also interact with you and call you pendejos, making much merriment for all sides involved. Flame you soon!


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FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Isn't forcing someone to join a specific social networking site in order to be allowed to express one's opinion on another website just a little unfair? I understand the OCR's intention is to weed out "trolls"...but what about the rest of us who simply want to engage in a dialogue but are not Facebook members? I really hope the Weekly does not choose this route.

tickledxoxpink
tickledxoxpink

Call me cynical but I don't believe this changes much.  We'll see more thinly veiled prejudice and less blatant bigotry.  I understand the register's motive but the message from these asshole posters will basically remain the same.  

Lamb Chop
Lamb Chop

".. we allow anonymous comments (although no sock puppetry) .."

You are being unfair to us sock puppets GA.  I am going to report you to the NAASP.

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

 It's not always racism or hate, sometimes we just like to be anonymous with our drunken stupidity.   Especially when the articles don't have any comments.    Bye Bye Register.  NO Facebook New World Order Socialization Conformity I.D. for me.  

Xpatriot2u2
Xpatriot2u2

HI OCW, I am a convert from OCR. I have been tired of the continually declining editorial content for some time, so I finally made the switch.

seer2some
seer2some

Fuck those OCR posting asshole. Fuck them all!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

This will actually work quite well for the OCR.  Sure, it's easy to make a fake-FB account, but the drive-by trolls won't be bothered.  Your serious racists will still be there under pseudonymous FB names; however, those will now be easily moderated as their numbers will be manageable. 

mitch young
mitch young

And you hard hitting journalists at OC Weekly, ever stop to think that maybe the Register, like LA Times, gets some financial reward for this? C'mon, journalists are supposed to be cynical.

mitch young
mitch young

If you really want to comment anonymously, it is ridiculously easy to create a fake facebook identity. It can be kind of fun, in fact.

I personally used to comment under my real name on the LA Times Opinion thingee, but stopped when they went to facebook. I used to comment under my real name, as I do here -- but I don't like being forced into Facebooks clutches (I canx my account, not an easy task), and even if I didn't mind that, Facebook puts all aspects of your life into one spot. I'd be almost forcing my non-political friends to listen to my opinionating. I figure people that go to an opinion blog want to hear opinions, but a lot of people don't.

Briansays
Briansays

yupthey are on this morning defending hank williamsbottom linebehind the word "socialist" they have a real problem with a black presidentlenin described them best"useful idiots"in this case for crony capitalism and the koch bros

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Mr. Arellano, I agree with you for once, aside from politics.......OCWEEKLY has great food articles and local news!... OC REGISTER ...Tanked years ago! ........If you want a sheet for the people, keep it the way it is now........OCWEEKLY will grow and grow....Remember you heard it here!!!!.....

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Obvious attempt by the OC Register to minimize OC's large racist element and just sweep it under the rug. Let them post anonymously, it's eye opening what I read at times.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Good. I wish we'd do the same here. Amazing what people will say when they don't have to sign their name to it.

949girl
949girl

I see both sides of this.  Having to publicly identify yourself will weed out trolls and people will less likely type offensive things.  Don't trolls just go on there to stir up trouble?  I just usually ignore those people.  The reason I'm against it is because I don't want everything I type out in cyberspace.  Maybe I'm paranoid but I don't want, for instance, people at my work to know how often I'm online etc.  or how often I go on the OCR.  I'm on there quite a lot since I'm a news junkie and I comment frequently on certain topics.  So hopefully there is a way to adjust your settings so your comments don't link to your profile...OR I guess I can just use my fake account as others have suggested.  lol

HarveyDS
HarveyDS

Yeah, I remember you. You usually posted all sorts of idiotic stuff. Don't think you'll last here long.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

LOVE how you just have conversations with yourself 'round here nowadays haha

mitch young
mitch young

I dunno, the last paper issue I picked up was really thin... not even many call girl ads, and most of those for Asian ladies -- not my cup of tea. 

Indeed one of the funniest things about the Weekly is that what has to be one of its major revenue sources is unabashedly -- if not racist, then certainly very race conscious. A sampleSWM for Petite Fun Asian Student Needing Tuition Help - 48 TASTY EBONY Ready To Service You - 21The Ultimate Mocha Dreamgirl- Seeks Generous Romantic Lover - 29  (Ventura-Oxnard) women seeking menBlk male for Open Minded Black or Asian Woman Only - 32Young Thai Woman - 19 [you guys should get 48 together with 19]

909Jeff
909Jeff

I talk to myself for two reasons...

 I like to talk to intelligent people and I like to hear intelligent people talk...

mitch young
mitch young

You know, sometimes I do feel pathetic, commenting here so much. But then I think, gee, at least I'm not working for a company that earns a large share of its revenue off  the backs of barely legal prostitutes trafficked from Asia. That makes me feel better.

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