Does the "Deny" / "Approve" button on comments encourage censorship?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (5 posts)
  1. eugbug profile image99
    eugbugposted 7 years ago

    Does the "Deny" / "Approve" button on comments encourage censorship?

    While the "deny" button comments may allow us to remove offensive or derogatory comments, it also means that criticism of hubs can be denied. what are your thoughts on this?

  2. Nesbyte profile image87
    Nesbyteposted 7 years ago

    While I'd like to think people don't use it in that way, you're right; it does raise the possibility of censorship. Perhaps a better way would be to make it so that all comments are allowed, and if the hub author or a reader spots spam comment then it can be flagged the same way hubs are flagged.

  3. EricDockett profile image99
    EricDockettposted 7 years ago

    Censorship implies people have the right to say what they want and are being restricted somehow.  In the context of your hub, they do not have that right. 

    Consider your Hub like a piece of property.  A hardware store is a piece of property too.  If you owned a hardware store would people have the right to post anything they wanted on your front window?  Maybe a competitors advertisement, or maybe just graffiti?  Probably not, and in the same way you shouldn't let people post whatever they want in your Hub comments.  Respectful debate is fine, but unfortunately some people aren't so "restrained".

    Also, if you have an Adsense account you are responsible for all content on your page, including comments.  You don't want some clown posting a nasty spam link or some other nonsense that may endanger your account, right?

    The ability to deny comments on Hubs is a good feature.  It's always smart to have your comments set for moderation before they appear on your Hub, and weed out anything that is detrimental.

  4. Sherry Hewins profile image96
    Sherry Hewinsposted 7 years ago

    I don't think it encourages censorship, but it enables it if people choose to use it that way.

  5. richie222 profile image61
    richie222posted 7 years ago


    I'm certain you know, on one hand we have the: "loony toons"; on the other: the "sophisticates." Somewhere in between, their are the moderates. My creed-o? "Everything in moderation."

    If one chooses to be a radical, they'll LIVE on that button, however, you must be able to separate the "wheat from the chaff."  My thoughts? I usually play it by ear, picking and choosing, as I see fit. If you let the "tail wag the dog," you're setting yourself up for a fall.  Perhaps you shouldn't concern yourself too much with the issue.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)