Most online versions of British newspapers moderate their comments or will close threads if they know they’re likely to attract bigots. Not so with The Independent, which has now overtaken the old Telegraph blogs comments threads as a magnet for racists, xenophobes and neo-fascists. Only comments that use words like ‘shit’, ‘cunt’ or ‘fuck’ are flagged for moderation and deleted; anything else is ignored and the bigots know this, hence the reason why they flock to The Independent. Therefore, it would seem that comments are not moderated in any meaningful sense and the website uses algorithms to weed out comments that use the aforementioned swear words. If you flag a comment for moderation for its racist content, it is always ignored. This tells me the website doesn’t employ moderators and if it does, they’re not doing their job.
A year ago, I wrote to The Independent to complain at the lack of moderation. I have received no reply and no action has ever been taken.
This article written by Biba Kang about Diane Abbott is typical. In fact, any article that mentions either her, black people and Muslims attracts swarms of bigots. The article opens with these two short paragraphs.
After today’s Good Morning Britain aired, viewers have been criticising Diane Abbott for her use of the N-word, live on TV.
On Twitter, many have decided it’s their right to chastise the MP, berating her for using such “foul language” on air at 7.20am.
Some viewers were apparently offended by Abbott’s use of the word ‘nigger’ on Good Morning Britain, which was entirely in context with her description of the abuse she has been subjected to on Twitter. Many, if not most, of the comments on this article are from racists, who demand to know why they can’t say the word themselves. It’s a stupid question posed with a sly grin and a knowing wink.
This one couldn’t resist the old “you’re making it up” line that was a favourite of bigots in the 60s and 70s.
2 hours agoDebG9999when things go badly for Diane Abbott she always raises the subject of racial discrimination – funny that …..
6 hours agodingdong
Restricting the uses of certain words to specific races is in itself racist. I don’t have a problem with the word, or it being used by anyone. It was the name of Guy Gibson’s dog, an Agatha Christie novel and a “shade” of black. A word is a word, you can only be offended by it if you choose to do so !
10 hours agoAykarralyu
Any point of view that states a group of people have no right to their own opinion is inherently wrong.
No one may deny any other person the right to think or the right to speak.
SilentScreamAnother black writer displaying her contempt for white people and the Indy laps it up
18 hours agoTraffymanNo one is free in the uk. We are constantly meddled with. Being told you cant say that, kids are not aloud to sing barbar black sheep anymore. How pathetic. It has nothing to do with skin colour. We are constantly being kept in line so we have no fun, just work, sleep eat repeat. That is what they want from us. Oh yeah and die young so we never see our pensions. That is why no one has any respect for the government or takes no notice of them. Politics in the uk is a complete joke now.