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Google Adds Comment Feature to News

Starting this week, Google will feature reader comments for the stories on its Google News homepage. But the comments won't be from ordinary readers.

In a blog post to announce the new feature, Google said it will try out a new mechanism for publishing comments from a "special subset" of readers, people or organizations who were mentioned in the story.

Google said its long-term vision is that any participant will be able to submit comments, and Google News will display them next to the articles about the story.

"We hope this will help us increase the number of diverse and meaningful points of view on the news," a Google spokesperson told internetnews.com. The spokesperson said Google's hope is that insight from actual participants will both help readers understand the news and cover views that may not be well-published or well- understood within the current coverage.

Comments, Google said, will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as "comments" so readers know it's the individual's perspective, rather than part of a journalist's report.

The product feature remains in an "experimental" stage. For now, Google has only launched it in the United States, though plans for expansion into other languages and editions are under consideration.