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Update and improve comments policy

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Earlier this week, the Telegram and Gazette published a column called "Victim Said a Lot on Facebook" that used Facebook posts from a young man who was murdered to paint a caricature of him- needlessly putting his family and friends in the position of defending his character while they are dealing with the terrible task of burying a young father of 5.

This invited over 70 comments on the article, many hateful and dismissive of the death. We know that this kind of portrayal of young men of color is harmful to the safety of all of our youth of color. You can find out more about this in the video here. What's more is that without a robust moderation system of commenting, like the one used by the Boston Globe, the Telegram is not only openly promoting hate in its publishing, but harboring it in its comment sections.


The T&G says this of it's submission policy: "Our hope in promoting and accepting reader submissions is to encourage civil discourse and foster a stronger sense of community in Central Massachusetts." Neither the article mentioned here or your current moderation standards promote this ideal. On behalf of Press Pass TV, I'm asking the Telegram & Gazette to adopt the Boston Globe's comments policy, which includes not opening comments on some very sensitive articles, and strictly enforcing them on future posts.

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