EARLIER THIS WEEK, Vice’s technology and science news site Motherboard dropped its comments section, opting to replace it with an old school “letters to the editor” feature. Then Reddit launched a news site called Upvoted that didn’t include a comments section.
Postmedia now only allows comments from Facebook account owners, the Sun has abandoned comments entirely, I can’t help but think this will cost them readership.
Ostensibly the reason given is that moderation has become a problem, well when your “flagship” columnists etc are being daily ripped to shreds by the commenteriat that is a problem.
As K has long noted news sites need to be read from the Comments Up.
My suspicion is the former gatekeepers are retreating in defeat.