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Musings on commentsPosted Monday, February 2, 2009, at 3:42 PM
So there is a notion out there that The Brazil Times -- from time to time -- takes away people's right to free speech by removing comments from stories.
There is a simple answer to this notion. That is not true.
The right to free speech gives anyone the ability to express an opinion or an idea without being hindered and without fear of punishment.
No one is being punished here.
Everyone has a right to believe what they want to believe. But commenting on that belief may not always be allowed.
The rules and regulations regarding www.thebraziltimes.com are spelled out.
Those who do register on our site and choose to leave comments on stories or pictures should know what those rules and regulations are.
Right below where it states "Comments," there is a note that reads, "The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable."
In addition, right above where users may type in comments, it clearly states, "Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic."
Comments that have been removed from stories have been removed from stories for a couple of reasons: Disrespect and a tendency to leave the topic of discussion.
It seems pretty clear to me. And it is clearly stated when comments are typed in.
In regard to monitoring comments, honestly, it can be difficult. Not everyone is up at 3 a.m. reading articles or posting. Sometimes, comments get read. Do we regret it? Of course. But then again, that's the nature of the Internet.
I want to personally thank the people who are e-mailing regarding comments they deem offensive. It is truly appreciated.
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