You can let people's opinions be known WITHOUT CENSORING or "temporarily suspending commenting"...like they might do in a REPUBLIC.
I'll let the people who were censored by their government, and overthrew that government, tell you how important freedom of the press/speech REALLY is.
“For if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”
“Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.”
“Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”
“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”
So...censoring the publics right to their opinion is simply betraying the public.
So...open it up. Find your balls, if you have any. Jump in, the waters fine.
I originally liked your product, until you decided to throttle/choke/censor public opinion. Actually, the comments were more entertaining than the articles.
For the love of all that's holy, IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, while people are sitting around with their thumbs in their ***** and their minds in neutral, be the mold breaker. Invite lively discussion and differing opinions.
Free press. Free speech. Try it some time.