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Frequently asked questions about Facebook commenting

We have a new commenting system on We're using Facebook Comments to improve the environment for conversation and to make it easy to comment on stories and share them with your friends. Here are some tips for using the new commenting tool:

Do I need to have a Facebook account to comment?

Yes, you need to have an active Facebook account to comment.If you don't have a Facebook account, you will be prompted to sign up for one when you try to post a comment on our site. You can also get one at Once you’ve signed up with Facebook, you must add a profile photo and be connected with at least four friends before you can leave a comment. Your comments may only be visible to you and your friends for the first few days after you sign up.

What if I don’t want to participate in Facebook?

Only Facebook users will now be allowed to post comments on our articles.

Will Facebook be monitoring the comments now?

No, Facebook does not moderate comments.

Is being paid by Facebook to do this?


How do I sign in through the article?

After you enter your comment, when you click on “Comment,” a pop-up window will appear asking you to sign in via Facebook.

* If you do not see the pop-up window after you click on “Comment,” make sure that you have your pop-up blocker turned off.

* If you are already signed in to Facebook on your computer or device, you won’t be asked to sign in. You can simply post your comment.

Will all my comments be posted to my Facebook page so everyone can see it?

Not necessarily. When you start to write a comment, you’ll be given the option of “post to Facebook” right under it. All you have to do is unclick that box, and it will not be shown on your Facebook page.

How do I manage my account, change privacy settings, and share my comments?

You can learn about these options and more by visiting Facebook’s help center at

How do I manage Facebook notifications?

You can learn how to manage Facebook notifications at

Are the Terms of Service staying the same?

Yes they are, and you can find them at To see Facebook’s terms of service, visit

Do I need to keep an active Facebook account to post?

We look for real names, some kind of picture, and enough information on it to convince us you are a real person. Whether you do anything else with your Facebook account other than using it to log in to our site is up to you.

Do I have to use my own photo?

No, you can pick whatever else best expresses yourself as your photo. The photo shown is the main photo on your Facebook account page. If your photo is contrary to our Terms of Service, your account may be blocked.

What if I still have questions about the system and how to use it?

You can e-mail us at and we’ll help you out.

If you're having problems with your Facebook account, please visit