On Wednesday, KOIN 6 TV, Portland, Oregon, turned off its comment boards, becoming the first local TV station to prevent comments.
Tim Steele, the station’s digital managing editor, said in a statement on its website, “It’s time to be honest about what comment boards have morphed into over the years. For every great, insightful comment or news tip I’ve seen over the past decade posted to the bottom of a story, I’ve dealt with 50 times more comments that add no value. Pseudonymous commenters seemingly have limitless time to post inanities, vitriol, sexually explicit, mindless, vulgar and hurtful notes about people and things of which they have only cursory knowledge.”
Steele said the station still wants to hear from viewers, by email or Facebook.