Mar 30

Three years after removing the news commenting option as a result of the poor chain of discussions that followed each news feature, Yahoo! News has decided to give it another try. Well, this time with a filtering tool for comments to ensure a better quality of discussion.

As of March 2, 2010, Yahoo! News has reactivated the news commenting feature, allowing users to give some informed insight on various news items. In addition, it now has a Yahoo! News Comments Abuse Form where people can report inappropriate material, threats, harassment, fraud, spam and other prohibited content.

Yahoo! News has been a leading online news aggregator for web based information on world reports and other late-breaking news thus attracting as much as 22 million unique visitors during its launch in 1995. As of 2005, Yahoo! News has topped the charts, going neck-to-neck with MSNBC and falling many steps ahead of CNN’s online news updates. According to the Nielsen/ Net Ratings, Yahoo! News fell second in 2009, following MSNBC and CNN.

In an interview in 2004, Yahoo! News Product Manager Jeff Birkeland disclosed that Yahoo! News works with a number of news partners who are engaged in the business of accuracy. As opposed to other news aggregators who use computer algorithms, Yahoo! News utilizes a pool of highly competent people to guarantee the quality of the news content. Yahoo! News gets its high quality content from a number of news services such as Reuters, BBC News, CNN.com, CBC News, Fox News, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Seven News, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP), and so on. News categories include current events, business news, world news, entertainment news, sports news, tech news, news in politics, science news, health news, travel news, popular news, odd news, daily features, editorials and comics.

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