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Huffington Post blocks malicious comments to maintain proper interaction

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The Huffington Post, a widely read American news website, filters users' comments to ensure polite public interaction.


Over the last three months, 9.5 million comments were left on the Huff Post, mainly related to the presidential election and Hurricane Sandy. The news articles and comments were also widely circulated because they were shared on social media networks.


Chris Anderson, senior editor of Huffington Post, said that the site set up an algorithm to filter users' comments to maintain a good atmosphere of interaction on the site.


He said that if the site allows everyone to post what they want freely, many other users would be reluctant to join the discussion. “You will see lots of nasty comments there, just like what you see in YouTube,” he said.


Also, he claimed that, by filtering the comments, the community can focus more on discussing the issue, which encourages positive interaction.


In 2011, America Online (AOL), an Internet service provider, acquired Huffington Post for over US$300 million, which strengthened its popularity online.


With its high-speed development, the unique views on Huff Post increased vastly to 45.6 million in October this year.


Anderson said that the company is “100% built for digital”, and it does not worry about distribution cost which printed media need to deal with.


As the development of journalism has started to shift from print to digital, some printed media with a long history and popularity have folded in recent years. One example is News of the World, a UK newspaper founded in 1843, which ceased publication last year because of a phone hacking scandal.


Anderson said that under the digital era, \news organizations have to adapt to the changes of the business environment.
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