Disqus has recently introduced a new toxic filter to censor comments that it does not like on its comment system. Disqus has partnered with google to create the new toxic comment filter using “machine learning” tweaked and refined by programming engineers according to their own opinion what should or shouldn’t be viewed online. It is becoming more and more apparent that these big tech companies will stop at nothing to silence views on the internet that they do not agree with.
It is apparent that both Disqus and Google are up to no good when it comes to online censorship as there are countless complaints online about Disqus censoring legitimate comments for no reason other than to silence someone opinion. Google who is working with Disqus has recently been criticized for removing christian conservative vloggers on YouTube for “hate speech” for being christian. So, it is obvious that these new internet systems aren’t trying to improve the internet but to control it.
It is clear that the real motive for the new filter isn’t about combating online trolls but to simply silence comments. The toxic filter uses machine learning to read the content of your comment and identify the social and political leaning of your comment to decide whether or not it should be published. Disqus can also look at your comment history and the political leaning of the sites that you post to determine what side you are on and censor you appropriately. This is all done without telling the site owners who’s site you posted the comment on…so you could be posting comments in support of an article online but the site owner will never get to read that comment because Disqus decided to remove it.
Disqus also slows down your site… So there really is no point to it!
Despite being an extremely popular WordPress plugin used by many different blogs and news sites, Disqus is in fact one of the worst comment systems that you can use. Disqus is full of ads, if you use the comment system on your site it will forcibly inject ads into your content whether you like it or not. Disqus will also slow down your site. One of the main reasons that people install Disqus is that they think that it will speed up their site however this is not the case at all! Disqus is stored on another web server and when a user requests to load a page with Disqus on the comments need to be fetched from that server making things slower. People also think that Disqus helps to combat spam and troll comments, however, Disqus makes it extremely easy to sign up using multiple accounts and can be easily exploited using automated bots making it rubbish.