Why does YAHOO censor comments posted on news stories?

It is becoming painfully obvious that YAHOO is censoring the comments posted on its news stories.

The most egregious example was a recent story about the NAVY SEALS who were acquitted for allegedly beating an Iraqi detainee. Most commentators agreed with the verdict, but there were a few dissenters. Since YAHOO lists the comments on a first-come-first-post basis, the page 1 comments can be easily followed. Page 1 comments on this story were about 8:1 in favor of the verdict vs. questioning it. Then something strange happened. After a few days, all comments on page 1 questioning the decision were removed. Now only comments applauding the verdict and calling the SEALS heroes remain.

Regardless of how I feel about this particular case, I find it disheartening to discover that YAHOO is stifling debate. Is this a business decision (if so, it is a bad one as people are not stupid and will defect to sites where both sides of issues can be argued) or is it individual employees doing it out of some false sense of patriotism?

This is happening with virtually every YAHOO news story. Go check out page 1 of the comments and see how many people are replying to comments that are no longer posted. Someone suggested that if enough people vote "thumbs down" for a comment, it will be removed. However, this does not seem to be the case, as these comments become "hidden" rather than completely erased.

So what gives?

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  • 10 years ago
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    I just noticed this as well. It seems the first pages of comments are only those Yahoo feels are "correct" for their viewers to read. In my example the story was "Times Square cleared as bomb found in parked SUV." My comment did nothing more than suggest it was a false flag operation. No cursing, no racial or other sensitive keyboards.

    I tried again to submit comments to the same effect, etc. No change yet but new ones are still posted by the system admins.

    Another creepy Big Internet Nanny move in the "New" United States.

    • Benjamin5 years agoReport

      @STEVEN G,it does infringe on freedom of speech.

  • 5 years ago

    This was censored:

    The US hasn't explained very well why Venezuela is more of a threat than say France!

    Either politically or militarily. I have to think the US has a reason. But what?

    France helped us in the revolution, and Venezuela is an South American state with an elected president and a constitution that start like this....The people of Venezuela, exercising their powers of creation and invoking the protection of God, the historic example of our Liberator Simon Bolivar and the heroism and sacrifice of our aboriginal ancestors and the forerunners and founders of a free and sovereign nation;

    AND if you look into it yourself you may find that Venezuela is't so bad and by the way we have a few warts of our own.

    • nuna9 months agoReport

      time for an update tell us how you feel now

  • 5 years ago

    Yes I've noticed that those candy-assed SOB's at yahoo not only censor my stuff, but now they instantly remove ANY comment I post with no explanation!

    Obviously they must have some sort of scanning software that spots a name and removes the post, no questions asked!

    As John Wayne once said: "That's one way to win an argument!"

    **** YAHOO!

  • 4 years ago

    Is there a way to file a class action lawsuit for Yahoo censorship. Enough is enough. I'm really sick and tired of having my posts deleted by the Yahoo censors. I'm willing to stand in court and donate $$$ to such an effort. If you know a law firm willing to go up against these censors please reply

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  • 4 years ago

    The big story in the UK this morning (27 Oct 2015) was a defeat for the government over plans to cut tax breaks to the lowest paid. Dozens upon dozens of comments in favour of the defeat were suddenly deleted. So the 'page' fills up with more along the same line. Deleted. I watched this happen, as people posted complaints it was happening, THREE times in little over an hour.

    And Yahoo never replies.

    You can be as racially malicious as you like, just be imaginative with you spelling of racial sobriquets, and Yahoo lets it pass.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    They used to delete my more controversial posts, but the latest tactic they employ is multifaceted:

    1. They let me see the article but apparently no one else sees it.

    2. They control the thumbs up or thumbs downs I receive according to a. their views, or b. what they think people, in their opinion, want to read or agree with.

    3. They move my post under a completely unrelated article so what I say in my post makes no sense to anyone reading it.

    4. It appears that, if someone at Yahoo does not like your comments and flags you, that you will not get any thumbs up, thumbs down, or replies. This seems to be a way to get you to leave the comment board without directly banning you. It is a form of punishment designed to demotivate you and discourage you from commenting.

    • ?1 year agoReport

      I have reason to believe they’ve been censoring me by name rather than post content now... set em up, get some screen shots, prove it I guess...

  • 5 years ago

    Just got censored for posting something about Christ in the BIble on an article regarding Pope Francis. I commented, then it didn't show up. Commented again, no dice. Then I simply posted "Hello", and it showed up. Ha!

    • Mark4 years agoReport

      Is that why some people post a single letter as a comment?

  • 4 years ago

    As of today, I noticed all of my post are being censored even though I would get many more thumbs up than down. It's amazing how people simply can't handle free speech and different viewpoints.

  • 4 years ago

    Yahoo routinely censors comments to conform with the political views of Fox inc. Yahoo is bought and paid for.

    • Robert11 months agoReport

      Hey, I just said "what" and it got through. Does this mean I can now post to the comments section again?

  • 4 years ago

    Yahoo will censor any comment that does does not fit their radical left wing agenda, or you will get a message that states, " unable to connect right now ". Best thing that ever happens to most people, usually a waste of time anyhow.

    • micheal2 years agoReport

      Ants will always be in power nature always gets rid of poison just a matter of time but now we know that what we send is totally removed to protect the rich and famous get ready

  • 3 years ago

    Yahoo is censoring my critical comments about Clinton's money laundering and shielding fro the Justice Department.

    • I just got Censored for using the name of a TV character. It's not even close to dirty or offensive.

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