Precisely because of hate speech, yesterday portal Aljazeera.com disabled anonymous commenting on published content, the public was informed about this on the website Al Jazeera English.
They highlighted that the mission of Al Jazeera is to give a voice to the voiceless, and that healthy discussion is a part of this.
When we first opened up comments on our website, we
hoped that it would serve as a forum for thoughtful and intelligent debate that would allow our global audience to engage with each other. However, the comments section was hijacked by users hiding behind pseudonyms spewing vitriol, bigotry, racism and sectarianism. The possibility of having any form of debate was virtually non-existent, the editorial board of Aljazeera.com stressed.
Just as Recode, Reuters, Popular Science, The Week, Mic, The Verge and USA Today steered readers in the direction of commenting on social networks, Aljazeera.com is also going in that direction and is thus encouraging its readers to comment on the issues they are interested in on social media.