Policies on comments

Dec. 15, 2010

There is no industry standard when it comes to how news organizations handle reader comments on their websites. But they all assert that the responsibility for what's being said online rests with the comment author — a radical departure from the print world. Below are links to the policies from a sampling of news organizations.

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