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Website and social media comment moderation policy

Website and social media comment moderation policy

The Wilson Times encourages reader feedback and provides a Facebook commenting tool that allows users who are logged into their Facebook accounts to post comments on articles. Visit to log in or to sign up for a free account.


Users who post comments to grant The Wilson Times Co. permission to use their comments, in whole or in part, for print and online publication. Comments will be edited and may be truncated due to space limitations.


Facebook requires users to register accounts with their real names. However, the Times does not authenticate the identities of Facebook users who comment on

If a user suspects someone has registered an account under a false name or is impersonating another individual, those complaints should be reported to Facebook, which may take corrective action at its sole discretion. The Times will not be a party to any complaint regarding enforcement of Facebook’s policies.


The following content and behaviors are prohibited on and the Wilson Times Co. Facebook page:

  • Profanity, obscenity and vulgarity
  • Sexually explicit or inappropriate material
  • Libel, slander and defamation of character
  • Repeated and pervasive disparaging personal statements
  • Threats of violence, both implicit and explicit
  • Incitement to commit acts of violence or self-harm
  • “Doxxing,” or posting private individuals’ personal identifying information
  • Claiming to unmask or reveal the identity of a pseudonymous user
  • Plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property violations, including the posting and sharing of screen captures from to evade the newspaper’s paywall.
  • Consumer complaints that reference specific individuals and businesses
  • Posting hyperlinks to vulgar, indecent or otherwise inappropriate content
  • Blocking the Wilson Times Co. page from replying to your comments or sending direct messages to your Facebook profile — since we notify users when their comments are moderated or may request more information in the event of a complaint, we must maintain open lines of communication with our followers

The Wilson Times Co. reserves the right to alter or modify the list of prohibited content at any time.


Moderation is complaint-driven. Users who believe a comment violates the Times’ policy can notify website moderators by emailing and including the text of the challenged comment and a hyperlink to the story where it appears.

Comments that violate the policy will be removed. Users who commit repeated violations are subject to having their accounts permanently banned from commenting.