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A startup called Civil is trying to improve comments for news organizations by crowdsourcing moderation

Nieman Lab

Civil Comments, a commenting platform based in Portland, is trying to make the comment section on news stories a better place by crowdsourcing moderation. When posting a new comment, commenters are shown two random comments from elsewhere, which they must rate in terms of quality and civility and determine whether they include harassment or personal attacks. The commenter is then asked whether their own comment is civil before it’s posted. Civil CEO and co-founder Aja Bogdanoff says: “What this very effectively does is get them to realize, ‘Okay, this is not me just shouting into a void. I can’t just say whatever I want. I have to think about saying things respectfully and not insulting or attacking people.’”

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