December 2015: “…we couldn’t keep up…”

“The trouble was that we couldn’t keep up. Just about every piece we published about Tamir immediately became a cesspool of hateful, inflammatory or hostile comments. Rather than discuss the facts of the case, many commenters debased the conversation with racist invective. Or they made absurd statements about the clothing and appearance of people involved in the story. Or they attacked each other for having contrasting viewpoints. In many cases, well over half of the comments on Tamir stories broke our rules and had to be deleted…”

Source: Why we turned off comments on Tamir Rice news stories: Chris Quinn | cleveland.com

[Original posting: 2015 | December 29]