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There's a clear difference in tone between comments on news sites and on Facebook. While comments on news sites can be thoughtful and incisive, they're far more likely to be hostile than FB comments, which tend to be exceedingly supportive. Of course, they're being made to "friends." But is the animus on news comments boards mainly a product of the anonymity? Is gender a factor? What others are there? Maybe everyone should have to become a "friend" before they can comment on news sites . . .
OK, commenters: fire away.