This is supposition.
Put yourself in this position.
You own a website in a small town. One of your good friends runs a chain of pubs. The chain is criticised on your website and your good friend bends your ear about unfair criticism. What do you do?
This is not about covering up the Watergate scandal. We are not talking about a threat to democracy. It is a dilemma.
Given the quality of comments from the likes of you know who and his friends, how would you as the website owner react to a sustained and unwarranted attack on your good friendquote s business. Be honest now.
Banning all comments, both good and bad would seem like a good compromise and one which would certainly cross my mind.