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June 12 2011


Newsroom - An Israeli-Palestinian conflict article: freedom to restrict comments

Los Angeles Times :: A Monday story headlined "Israel fires on pro-Palestinian protesters; 20 reported killed" drew more than 700 comments in its first three days online. As with many stories about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the comments had moved far beyond the news report and had devolved into personal attacks and hateful speech. On Thursday afternoon, comments on the article were restricted, which means they'll only be posted with a moderator's approval.

[Bob Crider, Yakima Herald:] Frequent targets are stories that involve race or ethnicity; immigration, whether legal or not; crime; poverty; and fatal traffic accidents in which downright mean-spirited things are written about those who die. It's not unusual for meaningful comments to be overtaken by trolls attacking one another for sport, hijacking the conversation from its original topic.

Can a commenting community police itself, with users being able to report inappropriate comments as abuse?

Continue to read Deirdre Edgar, latimesblogs.latimes.com

Continue to read Bob Crider, www.yakima-herald.com

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