How News Genius Silences Writers

How some people treat others on the internet is amazing.

Obviously with “reviewers” abusing bloggers by punching down, then tweeting with the creator as she’s mocking the person she’s “annotating” the prospect of @newsgenius treating consumers with anything less than total disdain is nil.

https://archive.is/43s6g

https://twitter.com/RepKClark/status/714907315024084992

https://twitter.com/Genius/status/714903765967626243

Ella Dawson

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I moderate Facebook comments all day. While the rest of the Internet shuts off comments on publications, Facebook comments aren’t going anywhere—they count as engagement to help rank posts in the newsfeed, and there is no way for an admin to turn them off. As the host of a large media non-profit’s page, it is my responsibility to remove comments that are hateful while not censoring our audience. I work to create positive discussion by hiding the most appalling instances of racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia, and by banning consistently hostile users. If we can’t turn off our Facebook comments, we need to own them.

As a result of this daily grind of filtering the worst instincts of humanity, I have a thick skin. I also know the value of sites that protect their creators. As a herpes+ sex blogger, I avoid writing for publications that do not moderate their comments…

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