Here you find links to related projects and articles, e.g. from news websites that have conducted analyses and experiments with their own user comments. Some articles are only available in German.


WikitribuneWikitribune is led by Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) who has surrounded himself with an amazing group of people to bring Wikitribune to life.A new kind of news platform. Wikitribune is a news platform that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together. We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and improved.
Coral Project (in development)A collaboration between the Mozilla Foundation, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.Open source project by Mozilla, NYT and Washington Post for organizing import, storage and moderation of (user-generated) content on news websites. Here is an article by NiemanLab about the project.
Opinary (in development)Berlin Startup Opinary (before: Pressekompass)A tool for showing opinions about a certain (news) topic at one glance. Users can add their own opinion to the map.
Sensorjournalismus (in development)Hamburg based agency OpenDataCity. Funded by the Google Digital News InitiativeThe tool aims at generating a perfect news stream – adjusted to time and place – by means of algorithmically analyzed sensor data.
Commfort (in development)Students project developed at the University of Hamburg within the M-Lab projectThis app project aims at aggregating and analyzing all user comments of published articles on different social media sites.
NiemanLab (in development)Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard administers the oldest fellowship program for journalists in the world.The Nieman Journalism Lab is an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age.
Detection, evidence and control of hidden propaganda attacks via online media (in development)University of Münster, TU Braunschweig, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Spiegel Online, Pallas GmbHOnline-propaganda, social-bots, public community, methods of communication science – May 2016 to April 2019 (in German)
PhemeThe University of Sheffield
Universitaet des Saarlandes
MODUL University Vienna
Ontotext AD
King’s College London
iHub Ltd.
The University of Warwick
Pheme builds technology for finding how true claims made online are. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 611233.
It started on January 1st 2014, running for 36 months.
ForUs - High-quality online discussionsSTANDARD Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.The ForUs project aims to improve the quality of user discussions in online media by finding new ways of encouraging higher-quality user comments.
PropStopUniversity of Münster
University of Braunschweig
Süddeutsche Zeitung
Spiegel Online GmbH
Pallas GmbH
PropStop is a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) that aims at studying hidden propaganda disseminations via online media, in order to identify and prove accordant attempts.
INJECTList of partnersINJECT is a tool for journalists who want to diversify and broaden their reporting. Supporting the creative process, it triggers new ideas for story angles more easily and quickly. Unlike search engines, INJECT gives insights, not links.
Debatoo (German)Debatoo GmbHDebatoo enables targeted debates on the Internet. Using Artificial Intelligence, Debatoo structures and moderates open and closed online discussions in real time. This reduces the complexity, a focused discussion is possible. Arguments can be substantiated by sources and evidence.


The Economist"In Germany, online hate speech has real-world consequences"2018
Süddeutsche Zeitung"Google will Trolle mit künstlicher Intelligenz bekämpfen" (in German)2017
MIT Technology Review"An Algorithm Trained on Emoji Knows When You’re Being Sarcastic on Twitter"2017
The Stack"Science makes first study of know-it-all internet commenters"2016
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers"Five lessons on managing online comments"2016
ZEIT Online"Mein Bot und ich" (in German)2016
The Washington Post"Everyone seems to hate online reader comments. Here’s why I treasure them."2016
Columbia Journalism Review"How user comments got ruined—and what to do about it"2016
The Guardian"Google News introduces fact check feature – just in time for US election"2016
WIRED Germany"Studie zu Hate Speech: Netzhetzer kommentieren lieber unter vollem Namen" (in German)2016
Woolf, Max @minimaxirClassifying the Emotions of Facebook Posts Using Reactions Data2016
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers"Online Comments: Do they matter? Global Online Commenting Study 2016"2016
Krause, Anna Mareike"Strategien gegen den Hass | Zündfunk Netzkongress 2016" (video, in German)2016
Netzpiloten about New York Times "New York Times hat einen Roboter zum einfacheren Tagging gebaut" (About the tool 'Editor') (in German)2015
New York Times"Meet some of our top commenters"2015
NiemanLab"The New York Times prioritizes commenters by placing them at the center of its homepage"2015
NiemanLab"What happened after 7 news sites got rid of reader comments"2015
Poynter about New York Times"News organizations should use social media to identify diverse voices"2015
Tagesspiegel "Debattenkultur im Tagesspiegel: Eine Zensur findet nicht statt"(in German)2015
Die Welt "Article Score statt Traffic-Ranking: Wie wir bei der „Welt“ Erfolg messen"2015