Social media users react to #NoPlaceForHate campaign
MANILA, Philippines – We at Rappler recently launched our #NoPlaceForHate campaign in an effort to create safer spaces for conversations online. The campaign is a pledge which promises stricter enforcement of our comments moderation policy which has been in place since 2013.
Part of the statement read:
"On Rappler, you should feel safe to express yourself without fear of being attacked and swarmed by an army of anonymous commenters who seek to silence and tame.
"We welcome all views – as long as you're respectful of others who may or may not agree with you. Our moderation will become stricter to create, safeguard, and protect this safe space. #NoPlaceForHate."
As expected, the statement received mixed reactions from Rappler's followers on social media.
Some expressed their support, welcoming the efforts to better moderate the comments section:
Some, however, expressed their disappointment over the campaign, questioning if it violates their right to freedom of speech:
To clarify the issue, the right to freedom of speech as provided for in the Constitution pertains to protection of the citizens' right to criticize and air their grievances against the government – very different from a news organization such as Rappler enforcing a set of guidelines. Rappler's comments moderation policy only applies to our own properties. We reserve the right to create a safe space where our readers may speak freely and respectfully.
Rappler also does not delete comments based on political leanings, contrary to accusations that #NoPlaceForHate is a campaign that targets supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte. We are asking everyone – regardless of who they support – to express their views without resorting to unnecessary attacks.
You may curse and insult in your own pocket of the web, but at Rappler, we do not condone this, and we encourage a conversation that moves the topic forward.
What do you think of the #NoPlaceForHate campaign? – Rappler.com