Someone recently asked me to take a comment off my blog, and I said “No” – here’s why

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Recently I had a company write to me asking to take a comment down from a blog reader that was sharing their opinion about them. While I would never allow any threatening or blatant lies to get posted as a comment on my blog, I have always been very serious about letting everyone share their voice, whether they like me, or my sponsors.

So I told this particular company – “sorry, I can’t take down the comment, they are just sharing their opinion and I want to give them a voice.”

They persisted and kept asking me to take this specific comment down, and I persisted and told them, “look, it’s my blog, it’s MorganLinton.com and if someone is going to take the time to read what I have to say, I want to take the time to read what they have to say.”

I stand by that and always will. If you look back on my blog posts over the past 10+ years you’ll see plenty of nice positive comments, but you’ll also see negative comments here and there, some incredibly negative and harsh – and I am more than happy to let them in.

The reality is, like I said above, if you’re going to take the time to read what I write and hear what I have to say, I am more than happy to do the same, whether you agree with me or not. What I want all my readers to know is that my blog is an open forum where you can openly share how you really feel without the fear of being censored.

If you’ve been reading my blog for years you probably know that I end most of blog posts the exact same way – comment and let your voice be heard. I plan on blogging well into my hundreds (modern medicine should make that possible right?) and as long as I’m in charge, your voice will be heard.

So to the companies that want me to censor comments, I tell you – not on my blog, my readers come first, period. That’s not going to change now or anytime in the future. I live in a free country and as long as I can write what I want to write, so can my readers. Sure, I’ll draw the line at anything hateful, defamatory, or that obviously crosses the line, but when people want to express their opinion, I want them to know that my blog is a place they can do that.

To all my readers who have been with me for three years, five years, or ten years, thank you for reading and know that on my blog, your voice will always be heard.

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  • Puneet Agarwal March 28, 2018, 9:26 pm

    old Philospher “walteyar”has said “may be i do not agree with your opinion , but i will do my best to defend your opinion” and thats what brave people do.

    That company should improve their services rather than censoring citizen’s voices.
    Kudos and more power to you Mr Linton.

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  • MapleDots March 29, 2018, 7:12 am

    I used to run a big forum and I went to litigation 3 times because I was too stubborn to remove comments. All is great until you start getting letters from layers and end up spending lots of cash. I think I spent about 8k in legal on 3 minor complaints. Had I just removed the comments I would be 8k ahead today.

    Big companies don’t care, they will start legal even if they are in the wrong. No issues if you are prepared to fight back but if I had to do it over again I would save the 8k and endless paperwork and just remove the comments.

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  • Jose March 29, 2018, 12:05 pm

    Thank you Morgan for the lesson censorship is the worst freedom in the world of all time now we can see it ourselves, here I leave you three censuchip in video that hide the truth, the last one is a movie that I saw when I was 20 years old of age, is the future that I wonder? if there are no trees there will be no paper to write on and where to print.

    I think that censorship is like spamming a business that makes a lot of money.

    censorship desaforestation jungle amazonica
    https://youtu.be/hllU9NEcJyg

    censorship Plastic Ocean
    https://youtu.be/1qT-rOXB6NI

    censorship books fahrenheit 451
    https://youtu.be/v5t9WrW_ioU

    Freedom against censorship throughout the world where it even provates the death of who defends their own land to plant their fruits, vegetables to live free and natural.

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  • Travis Runyard March 29, 2018, 12:54 pm

    Well, shit Morgan.. The internet in general needs more people with your outlook. While I know anonyminity is likely the biggest factor contributing to the reason why a large portion of comments are negative/pointless/deliberately mean in nature, I wouldn’t have it any other way. To silence their voice, no matter how rude or IQ dropping it may be, would be another step backwards as the human race.

    Fuck you and goodnight,
    Travis

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  • grilleds March 30, 2018, 12:20 pm

    I don’t agree morgan with you should remove comments you really suck

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    • Morgan March 30, 2018, 9:11 pm

      @grilleds – thanks for sharing Grilleds – keep on reading and commenting! 🙂

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  • Christian March 31, 2018, 5:28 am

    God bless you Morgan for giving users a voice. That sounds like Andrew Rosener or Lars Lima, they both threaten many blogs to take down negative comments about them. Huge bullies of the industry that no one can talk about without fear of being attacked.

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    • Morgan April 1, 2018, 8:47 pm

      Thanks @Christian – I appreciate the kind words. Also just to make sure there’s no confusion, I’ve never had any issues with Andrew or Lars, I actually haven’t heard of Lars so not sure who that is but Andrew and I are buddies so no problems there!

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