Since I don't post comments on the Huffington Post very often, I'm not sure if this is pure chance or now their default disclaimer on all comments being left, but lately whenever I do happen to post a reply to someone responding to one of my articles there, a little note appears --
"Due to the potentially sensitive nature of this article, your comment may take longer to appear publicly."
I just got this again, when leaving a thank you to a fellow who sent me a nice note about my most recent article, which I posted on Tuesday. The reason this stood out to me is because the article that had a potentially sensitive nature was the one I originally wrote here on Elisberg Industries about (are you ready?) -- what's on television New Years Eve!!
As I've noted recently, I've had a few articles that the Huffington Post has refused to post, so I do know they're getting far more "sensitive" than in the past -- but this seems to be taking that to extremes.
While I think it's possible that they now simply leave this disclaimer on all comments, what I suspect is more likely is that there are certain buzzwords that their software looks for, and no matter what the context or what is actually said, the computer just flags any comment that contains it. Mind you, I don't have a clue what that oh-so-sensitive buzzword might have been -- though my guess is that their list of potential offenders is really comprehensive these days. Perhaps it's when I used the politically-charged name "Marx". Though if so, it would have been nice if the software included code that would recognize the following word, "Bros."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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