September 24, 2023

Understanding Censorship of “DISQUS”

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Most readers to this site and all sites that employ “DISQUS” as the tool for posting and being alerted for comments on written articles, don’t use the tool for leaving comments. However, many readers still choose to read the comments left by other readers. If you are one of those silent readers, are you aware that it appears that Disqus may be censoring some of those comments?

This censorship comes in the form of alerts that readers sign up for when and if they do decide to comment on any article on any website. When you do, Disqus takes it upon themselves to email you an alert if there are any further comments made to the same article…now and forever.

What you may not be aware of is that in that email alert, it appears Disqus intentionally leaves off some or a great deal of a person’s comment. What you read in the email alert is not necessarily the entire comment found on the website.

I’ve studied this for a very long time now and am convinced it may be an intentional thing so that those receiving the email alerts do not see the entire comment. It also appears that it may be that Disqus does not include certain subject matter in the email alert.

Of course this cannot be proven. It is only a suspicion on my part based on years of observation. Regardless, I would suggest that if you are interested in complete comments being posted that when you receive your email alert, you click on the “Respond” button at the end of the comment in the email. This will take you to the site and that particular comment. Once there, you will be able to see if there is additional information.

There have been times when I have discovered omitted from the email alert was more information than was found in the email, as well as discovering perhaps all or part of the last paragraph or sentence that changed the entire perceived context of the subject matter.