In a letter to readers, The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg announced the shuttering of commenting on their website:
We’ve also made the not-unrelated decision to close our comments section. Over the years, robust conversation in The Atlantic comments section has too often been hijacked by people who traffic in snark and ad hominem attacks and even racism, misogyny, homophobia, and anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish invective.
This move corresponds with the start of a more reasonable “Letters” feature, where editors will select rather than blindly publish the opinions and takes of their readership.
For publishers (and for anyone with a website for that matter), you must take full responsibility for everything printed below your banner. I applaud The Atlantic for making this move, and I encourage all those who are stuck in the previous decade to join the rest of the civilized world.