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Gawker Responds to Rape Gif Problem with New Commenting System

gawkerlogoGawker Media has implemented a new commenting system that it hopes will curtail the problem of users leaving rape gifs in comment sections. The new system only displays comments from approved Gawker users. In order to see every comment, you will now have to click “see all.”

Jezebel staffers had penned an open letter to Gawker management, complaining that the rape gif problem was being ignored.

“We receive multiple distressed emails from readers every time this happens, and have been forwarding them to the architects of Kinja and to higher ups on Gawker’s editorial side for months,” read the letter. “Nothing has changed.”

Jezebel’s editor, Jessica Coen, explained the new system in a post:

Approved commenters will have the ability to promote comments out of the pending queue but, again, only if they choose to wade in there. As for replies to readers’ comments, you be notified if something has pending status — but you won’t automatically see that comment in your threads unless you choose to reveal it.We hope to have this system solidly in place within the next 24 hours. And Gawker Media is not walking away from this problem with the launch of the pending queue; it’s just one of many continuing improvements that we hope to see sooner rather than later.

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