Yesterday, the Toronto Star announced that it would close its on-site comment section as the publication would instead be “promoting and showcasing the comments our readers share across social media and in their letters and emails to our editors..” The move is not the first of its kind, the Toronto Sun did it because the comments on its site had become too malicious, personal & racists, but the Star didn’t really tell us why they decided to follow this trend.
That with the cryptic “promoting and showcasing comments” line has lead to speculation & yes even some conspiracy theories!
If you take it at face value, the Star’s reason could be the same as The Sun’s, as was hinted at in a Globe and Mail article, or it could be a result of resourcing “challenges” (read: budgets) in keeping up with the moderation of Star’s site, or it could be to avoid possible legal problems (read: getting sued over a comment). It also could be a move to improve the quality of the commentary, or because the Star’s readers are shifting to using social media to comment on news articles & the Star is following its users, or this could be all be part of an elaborate plan by the Life-wing media to suppress dissenting opinions & to make the world think every Canadian loves Justin Trudeau.
That last one is a theory I found in the Globe & Mail’s comment section.