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Why are comments not allowed on certain news stories?

In some situations, we disable commenting on stories. We do so by following certain criteria, such as if the comments may cause harm, or if there is a risk that they may break the law.

For example, we don't enable comments on stories about kidnapping, as we wouldn't want to inadvertently publish something that would assist the abductors.

We disable comments on stories concerning court cases that involve a publication ban, and on stories related to sexual assault, in order to protect the identity of the victim.

And often we don't allow comments on stories related to the death of individuals as we don't want to publish anything that may be hurtful for the family.

The decision to disable comments on a story is made after discussion among the news editorial team at CBC.ca.