The News24 Comments is a discussion forum where everyone is allowed to voice out their views, obviously we are going to differ in most cases but the fact that we disagree in certain subject should not lead to offensive and abusive comments such as being called stupid, which characters that I have listed below have chosen to make it their daily bread, this characters insult anyone who disagrees with their views or feels totally different.
The following characters do not even use their real names this proves they created this fake accounts on Facebook to use them to insult others, if their comments are sincere and adhere to the News24 comments policy why use a fake Identity, some of the characters are:
Imagine Sense, Ugogo showerhead, Real Realist, Painted Canvas, No Absolutes, AliciaLouise, PointBlank, Plastiek, Eric.torr.3, Trev2, Tacrimosewolf, Tshivenga Ndou, Common Sense, LiveYourOwnLife, Jungleboy, WolfPackHunter, Rockybell, Pietbull, Fed up!!!!, Psalm Proverb, True Blue, ETC
I might have missed someone, this is based on my own personal observation that I started two months ago, The News24 Comment Policy clearly states “News24 provides users the opportunity to discuss and debate around the content we publish.” And that “Most importantly, racist, sexist, offensive and abusive comments will not be tolerated.” But these characters have clearly missed this.
These characters have chosen to use this forum as a platform to express their hatred for ANC, DA for White or for Black people, we do not need this kind of people in our country as they are not benefiting the country in any way but only fuelling negativity, we are all adults here and should be engaging in a healthy debate regardless of Gender or Race.
I think the editorial team should have a screening process where all profiles should be screened before their comments are posted and also comments should be screened before they are posted, this report function is not enough because by the time you report a comment you have already read the insults and also it is not only offensive comments that are being reported even comments that are legit they are being reported simply because someone does not agree with you.