Online comments posted on recent news stories have brought out the worst in some of our readers.
Over the past few days, Black Press moderators were left with no choice but to delete some of the comments on our sites and our Facebook pages because of racist and homophobic content.
Other online dialogues were becoming extremely heated, with some commenters exchanging barbs and personal insults rather than discussing the issue.
We have a responsibility to moderate the content on our sites and social media pages. This includes comments posted by readers.
While the recent hate-filled comments were deeply disturbing, they were hardly surprising.
While some social media platforms have been taking measures to address the rise of hate speech online, it is a growing problem.
We have a responsibility to block or delete hateful comments, including racism, homophobia and character attacks.
The decision to hide or delete a comment is not one we make lightly.
We value free speech and we encourage our readers to comment on the stories they read in the paper and online — as long as the views address an issue and do not become inflammatory statements about individuals or specific groups.
— Black Press