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Journalism and Media
User commentary in digital journalism is commonly understood as a form of public user engagement and participation, a stance that reframes news organizations' role as discussion curators as necessarily consequential. Yet, in recent years many news organizations have limited, or abandoned altogether, their commentary functions. This paper examines statements and policies published by such news organizations. Based on a thematic analysis of 20 comment removal statements, we found that the mostdoi:10.3390/journalmedia2040034 fatcat:uozwyefxcbb75gynahka2nbgzm