Bradford’s Telegraph & Argus has been forced to disable online comments over antisemitic and anti-Muslim “tirades” in the comments section of its website.
In a rare and commendable example of a newspaper caring about the abuse sent out through its comments section, the Telegraph & Argus announced that it had had enough.
After various attempts banning repeat offenders, the newspaper found that “Unfortunately, even when banned the offenders are soon back, spouting the same poison under a new pseudonym – often within minutes.”
Readers will now only be able to comment on the newspaper’s Facebook page.
We commend the Telegraph & Argus for taking a tough, principled stand, and wish that other newspapers would show such commitment to stamping out hateful comments.