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Opinion L.A. switching to Facebook commenting system

June 21, 2011 |  1:50 pm

Facebook-Comments The Opinion L.A. blog is switching to a new commenting system Tuesday.

The system requires commenters to sign in through their Facebook accounts. People without Facebook accounts will not be able to leave comments.

Readers will have the option of posting their Opinion L.A. comments on their Facebook walls, but that's not required.

The change is part of an experiment on Opinion L.A. and several other Times blogs to facilitate a thoughtful conversation that doesn't veer into the territory of hate speech, objectionable or defamatory language or threatening remarks. As frequent readers of this blog know, we read your comments and are interested in your opinions. We hope this change will encourage even more people to comment on our blog.

Jimmy Orr, the Los Angeles Times managing editor in charge of latimes.com, discusses the Facebook system in greater depth.

-- Alexandra Le Tellier and Martin Beck

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