Hardcore “blog heads” are gonna call for my social-media license after for this. But I’ll just have to live with it.
I removed a comment last week (from this post), and I have no plans to re-approve it. The author of that comment has demanded I restore his “1st Amendment rights.” Sorry, dude. While I cherish open and unfettered conversation, I’m the final arbiter of what’s appropriate on this site.
So why did I approve the comment in the first place? Habit, I guess. Readers have posted more than 500 comments since I launched this blog last fall, and I’ve never turned one away. Until now.
The comment in question disparaged University of Dreams, a company that connects students to internships around the world. The comment made claims but offered no evidence. And from what I can discern, the accusations weren’t at all characteristic of U of Dreams behavior. Run a Google search on these guys and you’ll find they’re squeaky clean.
I took down the comment at the request of Eric Lochtefeld, CEO of U of Dreams. He called it unfair and in bad taste. It was. In effect, the comment questioned the integrity of the company and attacked the character of U of Dreams interns.
I don’t know if the accusations are true. It doesn’t matter. I won’t be part of trashing a company’s reputation unless I have real evidence and justification for publishing it. It’s the old reporter in me.
One more point: Eric didn’t threaten legal action over the comment, he simply appealed to my sense of fairness.
I know, I know. In theory, the “conversation” of the blogosphere is self-correcting. Allow all comments and eventually the truth prevails, right? Too bad it doesn’t always work that way.