Gizmodo: Australian Court Rules Media Orgs Are Liable for Defamation Posted to Facebook by Random Users

Gizmodo: Australian Court Rules Media Orgs Are Liable for Defamation Posted to Facebook by Random Users. “An Australian Court has ruled that media organizations are liable for anything defamatory that’s published to the public Facebook pages of those media companies, even if it’s just posted by a random Facebook user.”

CNET: YouTube comments hidden by default in new test by the video site

CNET: YouTube comments hidden by default in new test by the video site. “YouTube’s comments section can be a mix between no man’s land in a war zone and the Wild West. Translation: The place can be dangerous. So instead of making you read what the New Statesman called ‘the worst of the internet,’ YouTube is working on a new feature that would hide comments by default.”

Ubergizmo: Facebook Wants To Make Public Comments Feel More Meaningful

Ubergizmo: Facebook Wants To Make Public Comments Feel More Meaningful. “If you’ve ever gone through the comments on a public Facebook post, it can sometimes feel like it is the perfect example of everything wrong about the internet and social media these days. This is why Facebook has recently announced an initiative in which they are hoping that they can make public comments feel more meaningful.”

Lifehacker: Block Comments on the Web With This Chrome Extension

Lifehacker: Block Comments on the Web With This Chrome Extension. “Sometimes the comment section can be great. Commenting allows you to chat with others who have read the same article about your thoughts, engage in friendly debate, and potentially learn something new. Other times, the comment section can be difficult to read and can do more harm than good. For those times, there’s the Chrome extension Shut Up.”

Ubergizmo: Austria Drafts Law That Makes It Illegal To Leave Internet Comments Anonymously

Ubergizmo: Austria Drafts Law That Makes It Illegal To Leave Internet Comments Anonymously. “The government has drafted a law that would essentially make it illegal to leave comments on websites anonymously. This essentially would require users to register their real names and addresses when making online comments, which presumably would hold internet users more accountable to the things that they say online.”