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Do comments matter?

Do comments matter?

How are newsrooms managing digital conversations in light of the trend to shut them down? The World Editors Forum finds out in its 2016 Global Online Commenting Report. Download or read online.

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As more high-profile media organizations choose to shut down comment section due to trolls, cost and legal concerns, the World Editors Forum finds that the majority of news organizations it surveyed are still trying and a few are starting to reap the benefits.

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With the growing online culture of abuse, concerns on cost and legal and societal constraints, an increasing number of news organizations are choosing to turn off the commenting function on their sites. 

This is the first chapter of the 2016 Global Report on Online Commenting....

In shutting down their own comment function, news organisations are ceding digital conversation to social media platforms such as Facebook. Many are concerned, not just for lost data and audience engagement but also future business sustainability. 

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The New York Times and Pakistan's Dawn are two examples of news organisations which are investing and building a constructive commenting space, and at the same time earning new revenue. 

This is the third chapter of the 2016 Global Report on Online Commenting. You may access...

As news organisations continue to find ways to build constructive online conversations, the World Editors Forum updates its best comment moderation practices from around the world. 

This is the fourth and final chapter of the 2016 Global Report on Online Commenting. You may...

This is the conclusion of the 2016 Global Report on Online Commenting. You may access other parts of the report here.

This is the first appendix of the 2016 Global Report on Online Commenting. You may access other parts of the report here.

This is the appendix of the 2016 Global Report on Online Commenting. You may access other parts of the report here. You may access an interactive map by...

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