Turning off FB and Twitter login for comments

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    I’m setting up a private blog for a non profit coop organization. I can’t figure out how to turn off comments with FB and twitter logins. Everything I read here say I can’t, but that’s REALLY hard to believe.

    Am I missing something? How do I turn it off? I can’t allow people outside the org to comment with anything other that a proper blog login. If there’s no way to turn it off I’ll have to set up the blog somewhere else which is really sad because I’ve always been a BIG wordpress supporter.

    The blog I need help with is 1818newkirkave.wordpress.com.


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    Moved to the Ideas Forum



    I can’t figure out how to turn off comments with FB and twitter logins. Am I missing something? How do I turn it off?

    There is no option to disable these two ways of logging in to submit comments. However, we WordPress.com blog owners have full control to approve, delete, or edit the comments left on our blogs. As we control who can comment > Settings > Discussion, and as we can enable or disable comments on any page or post, and as we can moderate comments this is not an issue for me.



    I’m not sure why this was moved to the “Ideas Forum”, as it’s not an idea – it’s a fairly big issue.

    As far as moderating, they don’t want to have to moderate who is not part of the group. They only want members with logins to be able to reply at all. It has been set up as so, but now anyone can log in even if they are not a member, with their FB or twitter login.

    I’m glad you have had no issues moderating timethief. I have another wordpress blog that I do moderate and it was a constant stream of spam. We ended up having to turn off all commenting sadly. I know there are other ways of dealing with spam as well, but in this instance, it was easier to turn it off.

    This new one however, commenting is important to the group. Please let me know when it is fixed to be able to turn off FB and twitter logins if you don’t want it. In the meantime, I’ll look for other blog sites that will hopefully meet our needs.



    I’m sorry but nothing is “broken” and in need of fixing at all. I linked to what Staff have said. Subscribers to publicly available blogs cannot be removed. Removing them is pointless as they can get a new IP and email address at will and subscribe again.

    It’s my experience that moderating spam comments here at WordPress.com takes very little time. Our self hosted WordPress.ORG installs get hundreds more spam comments daily than our free hosted by WordPress.com blogs do. I will flag this thread so it gets moved to the support forum but do note that you already have your answer and moving the thread will not change it.



    True – but you can make it so there is no way of logging in without getting a login from you (that is if there is not a FB and twitter login option). IE, no subscribe option – only a login option.

    Yes – I have my original answer. Thank you.

    However, I have a new question now – when will it be fixed so we can remove FB and twitter logins if we don’t want them?



    when will it be fixed so we can remove FB and twitter logins if we don’t want them?

    There is no indication whatsoever that Staff consider are considering this at this time. If you wish to communicate directly with Staff here’s the link. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.


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    I moved this thread because staff read the Ideas Forum: it is for ideas about how to make this platform better. As timethief noted above, “nothing is “broken” and in need of fixing at all”nothing is “broken” and in need of fixing at all

    Allowing facebook and twitter log-ins is only a recent “feature.” Previously, when one checked “Users must be registered and logged in to comment ” (under Discussion Setting), then only logged in WordPress account holders could comment. It no longer works that way.

    Is this what you mean: you would like to have comments from only people with WordPress accounts?

    Your idea is that there should be a way to dis-allow facebook and twitter people from commenting on your blog.



    I really, really wish we could disable FB and Twitter logins. But we can’t do it on WP.com, not even on a private blog as far as I know.



    Completely agreed with the sentiment here. Those intrusive fb/twitter buttons shouldn’t be mandatory.

    In terms of design, privacy, and customer choice – they make no sense on WP.

    We should be allowed to disable them.


    Yes, I agree that they should be disabled or rather, they should be opt-in for anyone who wants to use them, not just on by default.

    Currently (as I moderate all comments in my blogs) if I get logins from Facebook, I strip out the link. If I get them from Twitter, I allow some to go through if I already know the commenter or if there is some way of identifying who they are via their Twitter page.

    My thought is that soon, these log in buttons will be the least of our worries… because I suspect that eventually there will compulsory share buttons too. Just my guess. I wonder if anyone else agrees that this may be where WordPress.com is heading?

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