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Friday, April 22, 2016

Charging Readers Of News Sites To Post Comments

News Sites Start Charging Readers to Comment on Articles

A startup thinks newspapers can profit by getting people to pay to elevate their rants—or advertisements—to the top of the comments section

Joshua Brustein | April 20, 2016

News publishers have such a fraught relationship with the people who comment on their articles that many websites have been removing the comments section altogether (including this one). Michael Robertson thinks he has a better idea: start charging the people who hang out there.
Robertson, an entrepreneur in San Diego best known for founding and fighting a long legal battle with the record industry, argues that the prospect of a new revenue stream will convince a struggling industry to reconsider the value of comments. A self-proclaimed libertarian, he believes his company,, can provide a market solution to trolling.


<more at; related articles and links: (Debate: Do comment sections still have a place on news websites? April 21, 2016) and (An Ingenious Way to Save the Comments Section. September 21, 2014))>

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