HonestReporting Canada commends the Globe and Mail for its efforts to prevent the proliferation of hate speech on its online message boards.
“In the backdrop of the current conflict instigated by Hamas’ relentless rocket attacks on Israel’s citizens, the Globe recognized that the message boards appended to its Mideast content were being manipulated by bigots hoping that their intolerant commentaries would reach mainstream audiences,” said Mike Fegelman, Executive Director of HonestReporting Canada. “Drawing a line in the sand, the Globe and Mail has implemented important measures to ensure that vitriolic hate speech, racism, and antisemitism are not given an undue platform on its website’s comment boards.”
“At a time when Canadian news organizations are making cutbacks with fewer human resources to expend, the Globe’s deployment of its staff to ensure that its website is not a haven for hatemongers and a forum for xenophobia, demonstrates principled priorities and responsible news judgement. The Globe has set an important bar by pledging to pre-approve all comments on Mideast-related matters. In so doing, we hope that hateful reader commentary that falls outside the accepted discourse will no longer see the light of day. We look forward to working with Globe and Mail editors in their implementation and enforcement of this new editing protocol.”
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