Given anonymity and an audience, some people seem to just say anything on the Internet, no matter how inappropriate, offensive and void of the facts it may be. Other anonymous commenters use the privilege to stretch their legs and be candid, while still being as respectful to people as if they were face to face.
Anonymous commenting had its pros and cons.
Pro: When no one knows who you are, you can speak your mind without fear of repercussions.
Con: Some people pretend to be outside observers — while they are really insiders.
Pro: Letting people speak candidly brings out honesty.
Con: Some people use their anonymity to strike at people they disagree with, with accusations and statements that are false or misleading.
The pros and cons list could go on and on. How do you feel about anonymous commenting on news articles? Should news websites allow it? Is it beneficial to the conversation, or detrimental? Let us know your thoughts, by leaving a comment below.