CBC began running an experiment on June 16, 2021. We closed Facebook commenting on all news links and news video posts shared on all News, Current Affairs, and Local pages (such as @CBCNews, @TheNational, or @CBCMaritimeNoon). Other CBC pages (such as @CBCMusic or @CBC) are also part of this test when they share news content. The initial test period of four weeks has been extended to end on October 31, 2021 to allow for more data tracking and experimentation.
Why are we doing this?
As a responsible public broadcaster, we must weigh the balance of our mandate to inform, entertain and enlighten the people of Canada against the harm from comments to our audience, staff, and story subjects. We must also scrutinize the value of spending resources (financial and staff workload) on moderating comments on third-party social media platforms.
This test will allow us to gather the data we need to make informed decisions about how best to serve our audience and our mandate, all with the end goal of reducing harm to our audiences, staff and those people featured in our news and current affairs coverage.
For more information, please review this post on the CBC Editor's blog.
Creating better, engaging conversation spaces
This test is in support of creating better positive spaces for CBC to connect with our audience and for Canadians to connect with each other. We still want to hear from you! We encourage you to join the conversation over on CBC.ca where you can share your feedback and comments as a CBC Member.
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