Anonymous
Anonymous asked in News & EventsMedia & Journalism · 2 months ago

Why do many famous websites not allow their readers to comment below their news? Don't they  support " freedom of  speech "?

Additionally , the opening  of  news comment function  can bring  websites   amazingly  high  popularity,  which also means  more money  ,  right?   Why not ?

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    For long years, there was no chance to comment beyond sending a letter to the editor.  Letters had to be carefully and thoughtfully composed, so the ones that made it into print were usually worth reading. And you had to sign them with your real name and location.

    Once comments were allowed (after newspapers went online), they quickly deteriorated into poorly-written and poorly-informed insult-fests, which were often the worse for the fact that commenters were allowed to be anonymous -- to use screen names rather than their real names.  Much like Yahoo's commenters, they've had little of substance to offer.

    In my view, we should either return to the days of letters to the editors, so that op-ed staff can choose the best letters to publish, or everyone should be forced to use his or her own name. I know of some news sources that have insisted on the second option, and the comments they receive are far superior to those you see elsewhere.

    But no news source is required to allow comments, and no one complained that everyone couldn't comment back in the "letter to the editor" days.

  • 2 months ago

    Whether a news site permits comments or not is nothing to do with “freedom of speech“.

    Your “freedom of speech” is only being threatened when you are at risk of arrest for expressing your view within the law. You can legally say what you want (subject to some limitations around incitement and slander) but no one, news sites included, is under any obligation to offer you a platform.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Nobody is interested in reading the comments of a load of morons who don't even read the articles. It devalues the site and is not popular with the website owners or their advertisers.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because so many ignorant fückwits nowadays abuse the facility to propagate their offensive extremist views rather than for reasoned comments.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes they support  F. O.S...but there is a very thin line between what is freedom of speech and what is slander, libel, deformation etc. The future is government approved internet..like North Korea, Cuba etc.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I would say it's because they don't want to pay for moderators or risk being sued for defamatory comments. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because people are bigoted, warmongering idiots. Especially people who comment on websites.

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