As the 'conversation' moves to social media, AFP has decided to close comments on its online news blog

With theonline conversation about news increasingly taking place on social networks,AFP has decided to close the comments section of its blog, Correspondent.

By doing sothe Agency is in line with several other online news media, including CNN,Bloomberg, The Daily Beast, Reuters and the Toronto Sun, that have closedcomments sections over the past year or so.

While theliveliest discussions are taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other onlineforums, the AFP comments sections – in English, French and Spanish - arereceiving a diminishing supply of relevant contributions.

Other mediathat have dropped their comments sections have spoken of the same trends.

We wouldlike to thank all those who have contributed to the blogs over the past threeyears, and we hope that you will continue to express your views on otherplatforms.