The Guardian Shuts Down Comments on All Articles Involving Race, Immigration and Islam

The Guardian has announced it will close comments underneath articles on race, immigration, and Islam. The reason, according to the ultra-progressive newspaper, is that such topics attract an “unacceptable level of toxic commentary.”

“The overwhelming majority of these comments tend towards racism, abuse of vulnerable subjects, author abuse and trolling” said Guardian executive editor Mary Hamilton. “The resulting conversations below the line bring very little value but cause consternation and concern among both our readers and our journalists.”                      h/t Ace

  • DMB

    It could be worse they could ban comments on all their articles i.e. Toronto Star, Toronto Sun.

    • It is bad policy that I am certain has cost them readers.

      • DMB

        What makes BCF so great is the commentary section. Many online newspapers, blogs tend to downplay the significance of the commentary section believing the articles that they write or post is the only thing important since it is all about them not the readers. It’s no different then any other business that is dismissive of their customers.

        • Justin St.Denis

          BCF is a blog, not a newspaper. There is no print edition of BCF. Your analogy kinda sucks. Blogs that do not invite comments are usually spin-offs of the MSM. An observation….

          • Waffle

            BCF is primarily an aggregator, not a blog. By linking to articles in publications that have banned comments, this forum allows reader commentary.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Drudge is an aggregator. One cannot comment on Drudge’s actual site. BCF is a hybrid blog, and NOT an aggregator.

          • canminuteman

            There won’t be print editions of “papers” in a few years either.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Those people can actually read?

      • Ron MacDonald

        I don’t read the Toronto star online anymore.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        And once their comment section goes black you never go back.

      • I know that I tend to avoid any Internet medium in which comments I make or agree with are disallowed or removed.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          The whole point of the internet is that I can talk to you.
          Reminds me of something we used to do thirty years ago.
          We used to call up the radio stations to request songs but the line would always be busy.
          We noticed though that people would be yelling out their phone numbers in the background between the busy signal tones.
          And we’d write them down and call.
          Nothing ever happened like the hookup culture of today.
          It was usually just stuff like what school do you go to, I love this band, I hate that band and nyaah your school sucks.

          • Yes, it is important to feel there are like-minded people out there somewhere. I prefer to ‘preach to the converted’ – I get no pleasure from antagonistic debates which get nowhere, especially if the ‘moderator’ is on the side of my opponents, and allows their comments but forbids some of mine.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Sounds rather familiar and even intimate. I read you, and so do many others. BCF will connect those dots eventually.

          • I have no complaints against BCF – that’s why I come here.

          • Justin St.Denis

            I agree with your sentiments in general. But as a multidisciplinary person, I find most sites carve out their niches around particular issues. This is fine, but I am also interested in other issues. For example, BCF covers the TDSB extensively. I read and participate. However, discussions of a pedagogical nature are rarely broached. I visit other sites which treat pedagogical issues more thoroughly. Ditto technology, with which I have a lifelong obsession. Technology is not a BCF thing generally speaking, so I satisfy my technological cravings elsewhere.

            No site or blog can be all things to anybody, so I look for variety and consistency in moderation to satisfy my particular interests. TRUTH REVOLT enjoys the best, most consistent and discrete moderation practices of any site I can name, and embraces the broadest range of issues. I visit TR several times daily.

          • I agree, no one site can fulfill all needs.

            (P. S. it’s discreet)

        • Millie_Woods

          Don’t sweat it Avi. I’ve had comments blocked or removed from just about every site I visit regularly. Sun newspapers banned me permanently for saying “Hip hip hooray for the guys who stick their willies in each other’s bum” after an article gushing over some gay rights victory. I hear that now they don’t allow anyone to comment.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Millie, that comment you made was fucking funny. I do not understand why it got you banned.

          • Millie_Woods

            I guess the moderator doesn’t like sarcasm. Or maybe he’s gay. I can see deleting it if violated their policies, but I didn’t think it was worthy of a permanent ban. I moved on.

          • Justin St.Denis

            And you’re RESILIENT, too! Wow!

            Mr. Moderator at the SUN would be crushed if he knew!

      • Ed

        I don’t read the Star anymore since the change. It has always been an “activist” vehicle masquerading as a news source, but at least the comments made it interesting to witness reader pushback against their usually clumsy and earnest efforts to move public opinion. Now there’s no reason to read it. You know what they’re going to say so why bother?

  • Med1

    Tsk, tsk, tsk. I believe it has more to do with censorship as opposed to their given rationale.

    • Cynic!

    • Justin St.Denis

      MSM bullies are just as revolting as the blogger variety.

  • Exile1981

    They didn’t like it when readers corrected their “facts”.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Those you cannot joke about or criticize are your FASCIST masters. If Brits still had balls or brains, they would KNOW that. But they don’t, so they don’t. So stop worrying about the Brits and let them die off the way they so obviously wish to die off. It is what Brits WANT. It MUST be. Otherwise, Brits would DO something. But they don’t. So we shouldn’t.

  • Clausewitz

    I bet they fight damned hard for their freedom of expression. The peons on the other hand can go to hell.

    • simus1

      correction follows:
      “among both our gullible, loyal, readers and alleged journos.”

      The clearest bad sign for a rag is when the adjective budget starts to whither.

    • El Martyachi

      Oh not THAT damned hard…

      Our style for the prophet’s name and for most Muhammads living in Arab countries, though where someone’s preferred spelling is known we respect it, eg Mohamed Al Fayed, Mohamed ElBaradei. The spelling Mohammed (or variants) is considered archaic by most British Muslims, and disrespectful by many of them.”

  • mauser 98

    Moonbat George Monbiot suffers from “author abuse”
    or better his global warming lies are not swallowed so willingly.

  • tom_billesley

    The Guardian, a safe space for journalists and their snowflake friends.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Friends? Are you certain friendship is POSSIBLE between and among traitors?

  • Xavier

    “We’d rather ruin this business than allow dissent to sully our pages.”

    Everything in life is a choice, and you shall reap the consequences.

  • canminuteman

    I only read most journalism for the comments. A good comment thread makes it worth reading.

  • John

    The BTL comments keep impinging on their fantasy world

  • Spatchcocked

    You notice there are few and far between progressives Sally forth to wage argument on BCF ?

    I believe it is because of the trenchant sarcastic revoltingly accurate upending of their febrile fatuities when they visit….they never stay to do honest yeoman battle because they are made to feel themselves stupidity itself in very short order…that speaks to the puissance of BCF kameraden…an unassailable beacon of righteousness and truth speak is BCF.

    Cue theme music of Rule Britannia…..Cat Furs never never never shall be slaves!