why did CNN turn off its comments section?

SandEagle

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i've noticed that almost all CNN stories related to Ferguson/Brown or Israel/Palestine are no longer allowing commenting. They've either been removed or turned off completely. i'm sure other news sites are following the same pattern. is it because the number of enraged people has finally surpassed the number of paid provacateurs? is the push for the archaic, one-way communication being bought back to stop free thinking people from posting their intellectual opinions?

i personally skip articles and go straight to the comments. :(
 

Jaskalas

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People have twitter and/or forums like this to more freely express themselves. News orgs need not endorse our malady.
 

cubby1223

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is the push for the archaic, one-way communication being bought back to stop free thinking people from posting their intellectual opinions?
I don't think so.

This situation, in my opinion, brings about vast, vast, vast overwhelming numbers of opinions based on emotions rather than intellect and reasonable discussion.

Comments are disabled most likely because the majority are little more than childish shouting and name calling.

I don't fault cnn at all.

You might because you have an opinion you believe the world is itching to hear and dammit you want your opinion heard! Well, guess what, you have a gazillion other places around the internet to voice your opinion.

Nobody cares that you cannot voice your opinion in the cnn comment section.
 
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sandorski

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I don't think so.

This situation, in my opinion, brings about vast, vast, vast overwhelming numbers of opinions based on emotions rather than intellect and reasonable discussion.

Comments are disabled most likely because the majority are little more than childish shouting and name calling.

I don't fault cnn at all.

You might because you have an opinion you believe the world is itching to hear and dammit you want your opinion heard! Well, guess what, you have a gazillion other places around the internet to voice your opinion.

Nobody cares that you cannot voice your opinion in the cnn comment section.
Pretty much. It's better to just disallow comments than to attempt censorship. Even if one was completely fair/balanced at censorship, that in itself would just add to the din of nefarious comments.
 

Paul98

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my guess is that the vast majority were going to have to be removed by admins, and rather than doing that just stop the comments all together.
 

brycejones

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Because people who would post on foxnews couldn't remember how to spell foxnews. CNN was dumbed down just enough for them to find it.
 

Nebor

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People were having such mature conversations and making such well thought out, lucid points that it was threatening to overshadow the actual articles.
 

Zaap

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My guess would be people like the OP having turned it into the equivalent of YouTube comments: IE: a stream of pure useless garbage.
 

SandEagle

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My guess would be people like the OP having turned it into the equivalent of YouTube comments: IE: a stream of pure useless garbage.
Zaap, why did you have to resort to personal attacks rather than focus on the topic at hand? the community would appreciate if you stop the tomfoolery and proactively participate in a civilized manner.
 

Zaap

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Zaap, why did you have to resort to personal attacks rather than focus on the topic at hand? the community would appreciate if you stop the tomfoolery and proactively participate in a civilized manner.
Yeah sure, let's all just pretend you're not upset because you can't go scream ZIONIST NAZI!!!!! 10,000x on cnn comments anymore.
 

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"why did CNN turn off its comments section?"

wonder if it has something to do with their totally one sided reporting?
 

DominionSeraph

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is the push for the archaic, one-way communication being bought back to stop free thinking people from posting their intellectual opinions?

i personally skip articles and go straight to the comments. :(
I skip the comments due to the inanity.
 

Theb

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It might've had something to do with trolls that don't even bother to read the article and jump straight to the comments.
 

glenn1

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If I want comments I'll go to 4chan. At least there I know if someone posts something like "Hitler did nothing wrong" they're probably not being serious, unlike CNN and other 'straight' sites.
 

Pipeline 1010

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The Orange County Register changed their commenting section to non-anonymous during the Kelly Thomas aftermath. Apparently there were too many posts that expressed opposition to murder even if the murder was committed by a cop and the victim was just some smelly worthless mentally ill homeless man. Can't be having any of that.
 

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