The comments section of various publications tend to reveal an ugly side of the virtual online community when trolls who push their way into discussions make unhelpful statements.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK won’t let readers comment on its content unless you have read the story.
Journalist and online writer Rebecca Davis gives her views on why she thinks this is a ‘delightful’ move.
Is this feasible in context of South Africa?
I think we know how frustrating it is when people leap to comment without reading the articles, in particularly based merely on a headline or a photograph...— Daily Maverick Journalist, Rebecca Davis
I love the idea from a selfish professional perspective.— Daily Maverick Journalist, Rebecca Davis
She adds that there are media houses that have staff employed to remove offensive comments, but that is unlikely to be implemented in South Africa.
There are even sites where they make you pay a small fee in order to comment, she says.
Listen to the full interview below…