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Anonymous comments lack accountability


These days people can just about say anything on the Internet. They can even terrorize people they select at random. Often they post negative, even slanderous comments and they’re signed anonymous.

Reaction to letters to the editor and features or weekly opinions by columnists are quite often followed with comments where those reacting sign fictitious names, or non de plumes.

Sign it.

I have always made it a practice to sign my full name. My creed is always that if I got something to say and if I believe in it to stand by it openly.

I have no problem with anyone posting a valid review or strong opinion. I look for them often when I am online or reading my newspaper. Honest and open reviews of restaurants or other public facilities can sometimes help me make up my mind on the service provided.

However, in my opinion there must be some accountability. If you have a complaint or are not in agreement with a product or service or a letter to the editor or a columnist’s views — if you go public then post it but sign your full name.

Anonymous must go in my view from this side of the bay. Let’s be accountable.

 

Bill Westcott writes from Bay Roberts

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