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” to find and detect the bad comments. 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.
It is clear that the real motive for the new filter isn’t about combatting 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.
Google who is working with Disqus has recently been criticised 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 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.