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Oregonian newspaper to end comments section on website

December 29, 2019 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregonian newspaper has announced it will end online comments on its website in the new year.

In a post on its website on Sunday, the Oregonian/Oregon Live said it was following the footsteps of many other news organizations in the past decade that have done away with the feature.

The comments will be eliminated starting at 6 a.m. on January 2.

Oregon’s largest news operation said the vast majority of its readers do not write in or read the comments section.

The Oregonian also said uncivil conversations online take too many resources to moderate and that it plans to redeploy those journalists for its local newsgathering operation.

The paper said it will experiment with a daily live chat on its main website and encouraged readers to engage with journalists via other mediums, including Facebook, Twitter, email and letters to the editor.

Six hours after the announcement appeared online, the post has already garnered nearly 2,000 comments.