Not a thread for posting local newspaper website comments.
The local press in this area keeps comments open for a lot of articles, and despite a supposed house rules policy the comments are frequently racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic etc, and there are regularly extremely callous comments about people who have died (seeing an example of that last one today has been the final straw).
The site requires you to have an account to flag comments and I don’t fancy spending all my free time doing that anyhow.
I want to write to them to ask them to close comments on articles if they are unable to moderate them in line with their house rules, and that as a company the burden should not be on readers to identify and flag offensive content. I know they’re unlikely to do so as engagement and all that, but I guess it’s worth a try.
So two questions really
a) Do any of you know any local news websites that either fully disable or appropriately moderate comments (ideally in advance)
b) Do you have any suggestions of how to go about doing this most effectively? Should I include a list of contents on recent articles which breach either the house rules or basic human decency? Any advice appreciated