CBC has temporarily closed comments on stories related to Indigenous issues, citing the number of comments that violate its guidelines against hate speech and personal attacks.
Brodie Fenlon, acting director of digital news, announced Monday that CBC hopes to reopen online comments in January, following a review of how those comments are moderated.
“We believe it’s important to provide the public with a democratic space where they can freely engage and debate the issues of the day,” Fenlon wrote on the broadcaster’s editor’s blog.
He noted that CBC topped one million comments in September and October.
“We’ve seen thoughtful, insightful and moving comments on our pages. We’ve seen ignorant, ill-informed and objectionable comments, as well,” Fenlon wrote.
All of the above is acceptable, he said.
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