[htxt.africast] Removing the comments section and what it means for South Africa

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When the Daily Maverick closed its comments section this month it became the latest in a long line of media outlets to shutdown Below The Line contributions, citing online abuse as the cause.

The practice of closing comments sections is becoming a popular choice for many media outlets wishing to stem the tide of abuse and harassment, but it has also caused outrage among online communities who claim this stamps on their right to express themselves.

In this episode of the weekly htxt.africast, Adam and Nick explore this topic a little bit further with freelance journalist Tauriq Moosa (The Guardian, Polygon, The Big Think).


Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.