Readers might have seen they’re not in a position to remark immediately on some content material from our newspaper Fb web page.
Don’t be alarmed. Free speech is alive and nicely. We’re simply attempting to be a bit extra accountable in offering a discussion board for it.
Our Fb web page will proceed to hyperlink to information content material and supply a useful resource for advertisers to advertise their merchandise and causes. And you will see this feature for expressing an opinion or asking a query:
Do you’ve a query? A remark you’d wish to see revealed? Or perhaps a narrative thought for a future version? Please e-mail us:
These feedback, full with the opinion holder’s identify and metropolis of residence, will probably be revealed in our newspaper and/or on our web site as long as they don’t seem to be libelous or offering false data. Fb might not must be liable for its customers’ actions, however our newspaper is topic to lawsuits for knowingly publishing false data that harms somebody.
In different phrases, we’ll be returning to the olden days of letters to the editor, the place the phrases are spelled accurately and the sentences are punctuated, with sources cited.
Readers can nonetheless share their opinions associated to our tales on Fb, too – however on their very own Fb pages. And subscribers can nonetheless hyperlink our tales from their Fb pages to our web site.
Why the change? A few causes.
All of the information about Fb’s enterprise mannequin – maintain readers on the location for so long as attainable with out explicit concern about why they’re there — has prompted us to look at our personal consolation stage for scoring earnings.
After all we’ve got to become profitable; if not, we won’t pay our workers, print prices, supply prices, utilities, and so on. And we have recognized without end we might get extra readers – and due to this fact extra advertisers and extra earnings – if we revealed extra salacious studies of movie star scandal, full with images. However that is by no means been what we’re about.
We need to be accountable in relaying correct data that is related to bettering our clients’ lives. That is not so worthwhile, however we sleep higher nights.
This isn’t meant as an assault towards Fb. The social media large’s clients clearly approve of its leisure worth and that is the rationale it is so worthwhile. However we have come to understand that what’s good for Fb shouldn’t be essentially good for us.
For one factor we all know Fb’s clients will not be essentially our clients. Numerous the individuals who depart feedback on our Fb web page will not be subscribers to our newspaper, and plenty of of them do not even stay round right here. Numerous the individuals providing opinions in regards to the information have not learn the story they’re commenting on. We all know this as a result of our web site web page views for particular person tales don’t correspond to the variety of feedback on the Fb web page that hyperlinks to the web site. And too many feedback are from spammers or these with private beefs towards people or public/personal entities that don’t have anything to do with the story we have revealed.
We all know this transformation might cut back the variety of public opinions shared about native information. However we hope it’ll produce extra accountable reactions that may have a extra accountable impression on our readers’ lives.
— David Stevens