Popular Science has an evidence-based reason for shutting down its comment section
Yesterday, the Popular Science website announced that it would no longer allow readers to comment on new stories. Why? Because science
, says online editor Suzanne LeBarre, who cited research showing how a minority of uncivilized, vitriolic comments can skew readers' understanding of the content of a story and contribute to political/ideological polarizations of opinion. Mother Jones wrote about the same study
more in-depth earlier this year.