Toronto Star turns off its comments, and will promote readers’ social media posts instead

The Toronto Star announced Wednesday that it had turned off comments on thestar.com, but editor Michael Cooke insists that 2016 will be “the year of the reader.” Instead, the Toronto Star wants to get more people talking on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn because it may lead to more meaningful and insightful conversations. In 2016, the Star says it will be “promoting and showcasing” comments readers make on social media.

+ Other publications who have turned off comments in the last year includeVice’s Motherboard and The Verge, and after turning off the comment section, many organizations say they won’t be going back