Censorship and Free Speech Concerns
The first amendment guarantees that no one can be thrown in jail for what they say. We’re strong believers in freedom of speech and freedom of the press, but our stance can be summarized by the old adage: “My right to extend my fist ends where your nose begins.”
Spam, personal attacks, harassment, abuse, and even death threats are so common in comment sections that many sites are just turning comments off entirely, which effectively silences everyone. Sites that do keep comment sections open need to be constantly vigilant, policing the rampant bad behavior and deleting spam.
Since comment sections clearly do need moderation, we think it’s far more fair for your comment to be judged by several of your peers—the people with whom you share the community—than by a single moderator, who is separated from the community and typically employed by the site.