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How The Alt-Right Manipulates The Internet’s Biggest Commenting Platform

By BuzzFeed

The commenting giant Disqus has said repeatedly that it doesn’t allow hate speech. But its platform is overrun with trolls, white nationalists, and neo-NazisRead full story

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  • As someone who has moderated Disqus comment sections professionally (as an intern at Rolling Stone years ago) I can attest that they do have some pretty good anti-spam/obscenity filtering tools available. But it's really still up to vigilant community moderators to nip this stuff in the bud. Which is a dirty job.

  • You can argue that there is hate commenting on both alt-left and alt-right all over commenting platforms. Unfortunately, it’s this kind of commenting that results in an larger divide and doesn’t help us get anywhere with progress. It’s sad to see it when good platforms meant to encourage communication

    You can argue that there is hate commenting on both alt-left and alt-right all over commenting platforms. Unfortunately, it’s this kind of commenting that results in an larger divide and doesn’t help us get anywhere with progress. It’s sad to see it when good platforms meant to encourage communication of opinion results in extreme hate. I hope we can get better and listen to opposing views rather than trolling all over the internet. If you do run into a troll, I liked Sarah Silverman’s response

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/inspired-life/wp/2018/01/08/a-man-trolled-sarah-silverman-on-twitter-she-ended-up-helping-him-with-his-medical-problems/

  • A colleague of mine who was pretty high up at HuffPost told me that only 1% of comments actually made the light of day. Third party resources like Disqus and even Facebook were being used to pull away community managers from the mental PTSD due to some of the disturbing remarks people would leave.

    A colleague of mine who was pretty high up at HuffPost told me that only 1% of comments actually made the light of day. Third party resources like Disqus and even Facebook were being used to pull away community managers from the mental PTSD due to some of the disturbing remarks people would leave.

    Moderating comment forums, no matter how you slice it, is a thankless task.

  • Comment moderation, in my experience, does not scale. And if the only real arguments for permitting comments is the benefit that accrues if you can moderate the comments well, then the risk/reward equation tilts toward axing comments pretty quickly.

  • Generally, the comment section is where happiness goes to die. There are exceptions - NewsPicks for example.

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