Swedish Newspapers Limit Web Comments to Control Racism

Three of Sweden’s biggest newspapers are changing their websites to monitor instant, anonymous comments from readers – a move designed to crackdown on Internet expressions of racism and hatred.

The Tabloid Expressen said on Monday it will start monitoring all comments before, instead of after, they are published and remove those that are libelous, or contain threats or racist remarks.

The dailies Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter, meanwhile, said on Tuesday they will close down their commentary fields completely until they have installed new systems that require readers to log in before making a comment.

The decisions follow a debate raised after the July 22 terror attacks in Norway that left 77 people dead about the harsh wording and racism that flourishes among anonymous commentators on the Internet.

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