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Why does TED censor & delete peoples comments? Is the TED community unable to interact together utilising freedom of speech without censor?

If the TED mantra is, "ideas worth spreading", then why do they censor/delete peoples comments/ideas? This seems to contradict their purpose and by utilising censorship, implies the only ideas worth spreading are the ones that they approve of!

Do other members agree with the TED way of censorship? Do other members feel that they are not getting the whole experience by not being able to see the truth of others by way of their deleted posts?

Do others feel that they may only be seeing the sanitised version of others, so that there consequently is a limited range and depth to idea discussion and healthy debate?

What justifies a comment to be deleted and if so in your opinion why?

Does the present possibility of TED post deletion of your comment, lead you to hold back on giving your all on a topic?

Have you ever had a comment deleted? Did you feel that it was justified?

My post here comes on the back of me discovering that one of my posts had been deleted, along with about 5 other comments from TED members. My post was well articulated, considered, respectful and without profanity or disrespect to any member/group or minority.

I can't help but feel, that the deleted posts would have contained some very interesting things full of peoples emotions which can create strong reactions and interesting debate/discoveries. Censorship of this in my opinion lessens this experience! : D


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  • Jul 2 2013: censorship? I was hoping that it is not happening here. I am new to this... and it makes me wonder if I should expose myself like this on the Internet...
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      Jul 2 2013: TED reviews conversation topics before posting them. They approved this one. Right? To me, it means, they don't censor topics. Oppressive censors are rarely open to discuss censorship.

      The worst censorship is the one you don't even know about because all information about it has been censored out.
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      Jul 2 2013: Above in this thread, Arkady has included a link to the Terms of Use of the site. You will see there in a published list the sort of behaviors that are not permitted on the site- it's things like personal attacks on individuals, selling merchandise, and things like that.

      You can express any point of view you like. That is not what gets deleted.

      Many times a person finds a comment deleted which was extremely rude to another person and the moderator TELLS the person in a private email that the comment was deleted because it was rude. The person might then turn around and claim in discussion that it was censorship as if it were deleted because the idea wasn't somehow acceptable to the powers that be. But the real reason was rudeness.

      There are cases that arise occasionally when a comment is deleted not because anyone wants to censor the idea but it got stuck among lots of rude comments. This happened recently to Time Traveler, whose posts are always thoughtful.

      The moderators are not of delicate sensibility when it comes to rudeness. Lots of material many might consider very rude is not deleted. Typically a comment needs to be really hostile, as far as I have noticed, for moderators to act.
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        Jul 3 2013: "a comment needs to be really hostile for moderators to act."

        except if you call out ted speaker papandreou for his crimes against greek people. it gets deleted right away.
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          Jul 3 2013: I think the criteria may be different in the comments section beneath a speaker's talk.

          I have noticed and wondered about this myself.

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