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Joshua Topolsky position is way more radical. The guy really don't like comments.

http://www.niemanlab.org/2015/01/bloomberg-business-new-look-has-made-a-splash-but-dont-just-call-it-a-redesign/

Another public-facing change loyal readers are sure to notice: Bloomberg killed its comments section. Lots of media companies, from Recode toReuters, have done this lately, which Topolsky said made him more confident in the decision. He says both writers and editors are more comfortable engaging with readers on external social platforms, where they’re likely to reach a more representative percentage of the audience.

"I’ve looked at the analytics on the commenting community versus overall audience. You’re really talking about less than one percent of the overall audience that’s engaged in commenting, even if it looks like a very active community," he says. "In the grand scheme of the audience, it doesn’t represent the readership."

You can see other sites that removed comments in this Wired article:
http://www.wired.com/2015/10/brief-history-of-the-demise-of-the-comments-timeline/