News24 has announced that, as of Friday 11 September, the comments section available on its Web site will be closed.
The announcement was made on the News24 channel by editor-in-chief Andrew Trench, who says the company is taking a different approach to user contributions and engagement.
The comment section of News24 has always been a topic of interest among South Africans, and has been used as a platform for readers to vent their opinions, yet sometimes those opinions have been too strong, insensitive and at times, racist.
Of course, the news has taken to social media (as all things do), and the Twitter universe is having their say using the hashtag #news24comments. It seems like readers are for the move, and see it as a way to ban the trolls who often take advantage of the comments section.