When the Obama administration embraced blogging,Â sans commenting,Â on the White House website there were a number of detractors saying that Obama had retreated from his campaign promise of providing a site enabling public discussions. The reasons why are fairly obvious, but Clive Thompson looks atÂ how the WhiteHouse.gov blog could enable commenting and successfully/safely control trolls (the original link is currently 404. Googleâ€™s cache of the post is up).
If the White House were to use humans to filter posts, it could get into some dicey political situations. If it were to outright ban them, it could draw First Amendment lawsuits. So the genius of modern troll-taming techniquesâ€”leaving trollery intact, but mitigating its impactâ€”neatly fits the bill.