Portland Station Turns Off Comment Boards on Website

By Kevin Eck 

Portland CBS affiliate KOIN isn’t letting viewers comment on its website anymore.

Saying there are better ways to interact with the station, the Media General owned station said people use the boards as a place to spout a lot about basically nothing.

“Pseudonymous commenters seemingly have limitless time to post inanities, vitriol, sexually explicit, mindless, vulgar and hurtful notes about people and things of which they have only cursory knowledge,” the station wrote on its website.

We, like other sites, have filters in place that aim to patrol the comments posted on our stories. But that’s not enough. And in today’s world, honestly, we don’t have the staff nor the time to adequately monitor every comment on every story.

Other sites have also turned off their comment boards recently for largely the same reasons. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear your thoughts, opinions or comments. We do.

But as the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote when they disabled their comment boards, “Nowhere does the First Amendment require the media to provide a platform for your speech.”

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