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  • Genius lets you scribble in the margins of the internet
  • Genius lets you scribble in the margins of the internet
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Genius Web Annotator: comment on the entire internet

With the launch of its Web Annotator tool, Genius is now giving people the opportunity to comment on every webpage in existence. It boasts the potential to change the way we read the news on the internet, but could it also expose digital creators to anonymous trolls and bullies?

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Genius’ new Web Annotator service means that online feedback is no longer confined to below-the-line comment sections and off-site forums. It allows anyone to discuss content on any page – even those with comments deliberately disabled – via a URL prefix or dedicated Chrome extension.

Co-founder Ilan Zechory says the tool is intended to provide a “social experience” of “collaboratively reading the whole internet together.” [1] Yet while advocates argue that publishing content online intrinsically invites readers to discuss and share it, can authors really claim ownership if comments aren’t made on their own website, but on ...

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