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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Not very subtle censorship


 A set of guidelines applied as a  "catch all" blanket to suppress comment.









It seems that I have upset some "moderators" on the Guardian.
Now, whenever I choose to put a comment into the "comments" section against any story, I am met by the phrase "Your comments are currently being pre-moderated (why?)", then when going to the explanations, the Guardian says "....in isolated situations, a particular user may be identified as a risk, based on a pattern of behaviour (e.g. spam, trolling, repeated/frequent borderline abuse), so a temporary filter can be applied....".
I have no recollection of offending these "rules" imposed by the faceless moderators of this newspaper, and apart from being critical of the government and certain elements within the Parliamentary Labour Party and of course actively supporting Jeremy Corbyn both in his leadership campaign and now as leader, can only assume that the editorial policy of the paper and the views of a number of its regular journalists, identify me as, "a risk".
It seems to me to be a not very subtle use of guidelines to monitor and control abuse, trolling and spam (which is completely understandable) being applied as a catch all blanket to censor views and comments which the Guardian finds uncomfortable. What ever the underlying reasons may be for this arbitrary high handed suppression by an element of the press, it shall not prevent me, and undoubtedly others, continuing to post comments, albeit that I have noticed that some have already disappeared presumably into some "moderators" waste bin.