In August, (HP) Managing Editor Jimmy Soni announced the end of anonymous comments on the site and said: "The change will only affect users creating new accounts on HuffPost. Existing accounts will be grandfathered into the new system." At the time, Soni was vague about how the site would internally verify new user accounts, but just a few months later all users are now subject to the Facebook requirement, causing no small amount of outrage in the comments.
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Edward Snowden, who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of phone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted for The Guardian's person of the year. The paper wrotes, "It is strange to think now, but a little more than six months ago, virtually no one had heard of Snowden. Though internet privacy was beginning to emerge as an issue, few people had any idea of the extent to which governments and their secretive auxiliaries were able to trawl, sift, collect and scrutinize the personal digital footprints of millions of private individuals. It is this personal sacrifice, as much as his revelations, that impressed most readers who voted for him." read more