Walter Mencken 9:23 a.m., Oct. 10
10News says message prohibiting comments is inaccurate
10News is not banning comments from their website despite the message that says otherwise, says station general manager, Jeff Block.
Posted at the end of each news story appears a message in red which reads: "This commenting widget will be discontinued on October 1st, 2012."
During a phone interview, Block said he was unaware of the message, as were others at the news station. He said the current web provider must have placed the message online despite the fact 10News is switching web providers in mid-September.
"Viewers shouldn't worry," said Block. "They will be allowed to comment on news stories."
Prohibiting anonymous comments has been the trend for some local publications. In September 2011, UT San Diego banned anonymous comments from the website and implemented the Facebook commenting tool. Since doing so, readers are required to log on to the social network or use their real name.
The daily hoped the new approach would cut down on the angry, often obscene, anonymous comments from so-called "angry trolls."
Other publications in San Diego have also adopted the same rules.
Online news organization, Voice of San Diego, did so back in December 2009.
"We want it to be civil and smart. Unfortunately, many of the conversations that take place underneath the articles on news websites devolve into name-calling, racist or sexist remarks, and other vulgarities.
"...This isn't censorship or a 1st Amendment issue. This is a forum we're choosing to host and these are the rules we're asking people to abide by."
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