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#NoPlaceForHate: Change comes to Rappler's comments thread

Starting today, we will be aggressively deleting crude and disrespectful posts and comments that violate standards of civility.

Debates and discourse have always been anchored on basic principles of human decency, respect, and values.

We have zero tolerance for comments that curse, trash, degrade, humiliate and intimidate. Such behavior does little to inspire intelligent and informed discussion that is the foundation of a vibrant democracy.

Freedom of speech does not mean license to smear reputation and ruin credibility. Nor does it mean the freedom to be irresponsible and to defame. Freedom of speech, rather, is the recognition of the right of anyone to speak his or her mind, and to express a contrary view without being objectionable.

We are reclaiming our space as one that is safe from harassment on social media. No one should be afraid to write or speak what he or she thinks.

Four years ago, we set up Rappler and opened our site to comments and discussion in the belief that social media is the space where citizens can communicate with each other and use technology to help make this world a better place. This remains true today.

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. – Rappler.com