Clickbait articles should be banned

Clickbait articles should be banned
Most news site nowadays tend to employ the tactic of clickbait articles. This is when they write the article title in such a way that readers click on it because the article sounds interesting or tricks them into thinking something else has happened. But usually at the end of the article you find out that the article title is not representative of what is actually in the article text. This should be banned because it is basically tricking its reader and wasting their time. The only reason news sites do this is because its earn them a lot more revenue but getting more clicks. Do you not get tired of clicking on articles thinking it means something and reading something totally unrelated or different?



Yes it should be banned

Sometimes you can't assess things if what your looking at are real info or just scam because of these. Its really annoying.
Posted by Anonymous on 06-29-2017

Yes I agree

I simply hate this! I get so irritated when I click on such links. I believe that they make use of a negative tactic, which is not likely to be appreciated by most. Besides, most people are simply going to leave so what's the use? I do agree that these kind of articles should not be allowed. People deserve better and I feel it is a way of making people feel like fools, which ultimately backfires.
Posted by sspi on 06-30-2017

my pet peeve

Click and bait is basically lying to get traffic and hits. One of the worse sites is Yahoo as many headlines are fake, and also other millennial websites where they seem to encourage click and bait. I hate them in email headers too, and I will just ignore them now.
Posted by Alexa on 06-29-2017

I hate click bait

I always find it very annoying when I click on a striking headline then find a generic and boring article. They make an exaggerated headline, twist the facts a little bit, and boom. They got thousands of views. It's rampant on the internet nowadays because it gets them clicks. But in return, they're just wasting most of our time.

I agree that clickbait articles should be banned forever. The problem is, there is no way in order to ban these types of articles. Who would ban them? Will there be a regulatory body on the internet?

We want clickbait articles gone but I'm kind of sad because I know that they're here to stay.

Posted by limberg on 08-01-2017

Use your head

Hey man it's just sales. People sell you stuff and sometimes it's not all the time a scam although a lot of them are. Why don't you, before reading the rest of the article, do a quick google search for reviews about whatever product you were looking at. Come on use your head.
Posted by missionreport on 07-01-2017
O..kay. You got my attention there good sir. I believe that he is asking for opinions about something so you may want to take it slow.

Another thing, you sound that you are disagreeing, but how come you voted "agree"? Maybe you should also..have a good day, perhaps? :D
I replied here because there are so many annoying responses. Fact is, everyday, it's either you're selling or you're being sold to. How about you? Don't you watch your favorite soaps? They sell it, you buy it. Everyday!
I don't. You don't even know me and you are generalizing all the people. I guess if that's healthy for you then go with it. :)

Take care! ^_^
Honey I was giving you an example. When I said "you" I didn't really mean you personally. It's a simple example of what I mean by every day people are actually selling or buying everyday of their lives whether they know it or not. Another example if you would like is, the way we present ourselves. We sell ourselves as smart and beautiful people in order to be perceived as such. So in this case, you are selling and the people around you are buying it.

Please, yes!

I couldn't agree more. I hate click bait. It is absolutely crazy how popular then have gotten... A few years ago there was hardly any and nowadays every other article is a click bait. Even the videos on social media platforms such as YouTube. Almost all of the videos there revolve around click bait now.

I just think that it is sad that people use it for traffic increase. Yes, it does work but it is such a cheap way of getting the clicks. Most people will never visit your site again.

Instead of click baits, you should focus on delivering quality and new content - that will improve your actual chances of success.

Posted by Mehano on 06-30-2017

I kinda agree

The thing is, those people making the clickbait titles are just trying to make a living like you and if you think about it if it wasn't click bait you might have never clicked on it. So it is a bit justifiable, but after so many years being on the internet you should be able to tell what a click bait title or picture or anything is. The average run-of-the-mill click bait consists of one of three things: Female bombshell, some internet hoax, or words like YOU WON'T BELIEVE... in all caps. I feel it should be reduced but not banned.
Posted by AlexHarris on 06-30-2017


...or at least they should have a less clickbait title. Say in the title what the article is about, and if people are interested they will read the article! Clickbait is annoying and lead to disappointment. It should be banned, since is an example of very bad journalism.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 07-14-2017

It's obvious

I hate that kind of marketing... It's like companies are forcing us to "swallow" the products they're trying to sell. This is extremely annoying (it's something even invasive and inappropriate)!
Posted by WildSpirit on 06-29-2017


I agree with banning those articles that are totally irrelevant with the title. It is really wasting time reading them. Now I learned to always glance through the article and see if it's something I'd like to read, instead of just reading it from the top to bottom.

But I wonder if it's possible to ban these articles.

Posted by kaka135 on 06-29-2017

Words cannot describe my hate.

Clickbait articles on "news" sites as well as clickbait videos on YouTube are a plague on the internet and should be banned. If your company depends on making tempting and misleading titles for your content, but the actual article is filled with useless nonsense, then I could not care less if you don't get any traffic. Companies like that deserve to get shut down. The only sources which deserve traffic are those which are honest, straightforward, and provide accurate and insightful content.
Posted by Denis_P on 06-30-2017

Hate them

Its so annoying... There's nothing else to say. Clickbait is really a waste of time.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 06-29-2017

Please do

I realize that a lot of people are making money off of clickbait titles, mainly because it's easier to get the audience to check out your content because of that, but I don't think it's necessary. All it does is build up hype for people who would eventually find the content a let down.
Posted by arachnophobik on 07-01-2017

Clickbait stinks

Yes, I think they should be banned. They unfairly put the readers at a significant disadvantage. It's not fair for you to make money off deceiving people. If your content is noteworthy, let it speak for yourself. You don't need to say you went to Fiji and bought a fancy car if all you did was go to the store. You would be mad if someone said the previous thing to you in a conversation. How much more acceptable would it be in an article?
Posted by RedVelvetCupcake2009 on 06-30-2017

False information

Clickbaits usually rely on shady wording, and sometimes outright lying, in order to lure clicks and visitors. This can cause the spread of misinformation and just makes fact-checking much more complicated now that we're swimming in information.

Banning these, or classifying them as the spam they really are, will eliminate a huge source of misconceptions on the internet.

Posted by VintageRose on 06-30-2017

Agree on this

Clickbait practice is very common in YouTube.Irrelevant titles for poor quality content,but only for the sake of views. Too much misleading and false info spread on the internet.Google should ban such videos to protect the integrity of the platform. Online world should be a more trusted medium than social world.
Posted by DenisHero on 07-15-2017

Irritating Practice

I agree that clickbait articles should be banned. It really is quite the bait and switch and a huge waste of time. My husband encounters these all the time when he's surfing around on the internet to stay up to date in various things. I always know when it's happened to him because he makes a loud frustrated noise then proceeds to complain for the next five minutes about it. When I encounter them I'm a little less frustrated by it than he is, but none the less they are annoying at the least. I can understand why websites use them, of course they are after earning more money, but to me it's at the expense of my not using that website anymore.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-10-2017

You don't have to exaggerate the situation.

I can understand their need, but the use that is made of this type of artifice is very exaggerated and ends up misrepresenting things and making everything very irritating.

The ban would be a little unfair to those who depend on them as a form of marketing, but I advocate the idea of ??a more conscious use of them.

Posted by wiseagent on 09-13-2017

Clickbait titles are terrible

I totally agree with you. I don't mind clickbait articles if they are on clickbait sites like buzzfeed because that's how the sites function and that's what everyone expects there. But on a news site I want to see what the article generally is about before I decide to read it whole! And nowadays the titles are sensationalized and you have to read more than just a title.
Posted by felabruno on 08-25-2017

Yes, they should

I hate clickbait articles. Sadly, social media is full of them. Some are misleading articles and some are just a way to get traffic on a website, but all of them are annoying (and frustrating at times). I want to read some news on the internet and these clickbait articles and videos appear everywhere. A total waste of my time.
Posted by Dkaraly on 08-24-2017

Very annoying

It is very annoying when you come across a very interesting heading but when you open it you are redirected like 3 times, sometimes you find a survet=y that you have to fill to get to the story. They will waste your data and time with their crooked methods of looking for clicks. I believe they should be banned so as to save us all that agony and frustration.
Posted by williamk on 09-13-2017

Tricky things

This really should be banned . Sometimes you wouldn't even know it just suddenly redirects you to a strange website. It is okay if it's content is helpful but it's just something that waste too much time . This is too misleading , in our country we are even warned about false information from some sites and they cause trouble . This things aren't helpful . If i want to search for some article i can look for it, not click baiting for the sake of viewing.
Posted by PLScloni on 09-10-2017

Hate It

I usually seen alot of these on social media sites and I hate it. It is like they are making a caption or article that will make you click on that link. But when you open it, the caption is too exagerated because the real article is not the same how the caption described it.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 11-25-2018



It depends!

It depends! lol.. Not all clickbait links are something different. There is a new type of clickbait links on the rise. They are more funny videos than anything else. Have you seen Click Bait on MTV? Those aren't too bad. I mean, at least they are what they say they are. They're click bait because you just can't help but to click on it! lol.. Some of them appeal to your every fiber of your being and you just need to see it. Like those satisfying YouTube videos of people doing stuff like cutting frozen can of coke in half with a white hot kitchen knife lol.. I agree that the rest of click bait is just rubbish though! I hope that one day we evolve enough as as species that it is nothing more than a distant memory - a flash in the pan! :)
Posted by idealmikey on 06-29-2017

I sort of disagree?

In my view, this is like those insurance commercials which have funny stuff totally unrelated to insurance, an obviously boring topic. Anyway, of course, the idea is that insurance or whatever is so boring - that obviously funny stuff, maybe even totally unrelated to the topic has to be used in ads.

So I think, in those situations, I don't think it's lying because I don't think people are that uptight about that idea. However, though, I suppose in other cases, being directed into something that wasn't what you thought it was would be a rip off.

Posted by jyy on 07-13-2018

They're annoying but...

Yes clickbait articles are very annoying but how would we actually go about banning them? Each website is allowed to post whatever they want and if they want to post clickbait articles, they are not really committing a crime or harming anyone. It can also be difficult to define what constitutes clickbait if we are going to ban these kinds of articles. How misleading can a title be before it is considered clickbait? What if it is somewhat related to the article but not completely? I think that instead, people should be more aware of where these articles are coming from (ie. if it sounds like a reputable source or not) as many sites are notorious for posting clickbait articles and only stick to reputable news sites for their information.
Posted by lilac123 on 06-29-2017

How Will You Monitor?

It's an unfortunate fact that people are going to be manipulated into believing the snake oil salesman. That will never go away, bait and switch is a classic con that even hundreds of years of law has been unable to do away with. You kind of have to look at how you can monitor such a ban, and personally looking at it, I don't think it's possible. It's best to make sure the public is educated and just hope people are not taken advantage of. That may seem hands off but it's just such a difficult and minor problem, despite the injury it can cause.
Posted by kooch on 06-30-2017

Yes absolutely

I agree with this. It is misleading and so annoying! It is rightly named for what it is, a bait. It should be banned or at least a tiny disclaimer warning viewers. There should be a sort of law or fine attached to this as well. A blacklist of some sort. It is increasing because people have been able to get away with it for so long. At the start of my blogging journey, I embarked on learning how to create and launch a SEO campaign online. The amount of misleading and time wasting information I encountered was staggering to say the least. You would click on a link expecting to see SEO strategies only to have a system shoved in your face for purchase. Pretty annoying..
Posted by joegirl on 07-02-2017

free speech

If you agree to ban their speech then eventually someday someone will find something wrong with your speech and try to shut you up and ban you from saying things too. As bad as these sites and articles are, they should be allowed to speak, and if the people click on them and make them the norm then the people will get what they deserve, but it's important to let this remain a choice because otherwise the choice being made for us is not a good alternative.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-24-2018


Yes, I think they should be banned because they usually lead to some kind of strange presentation which is some kind of video that is designed to get you to buy something. These are not the types of things that I enjoy reading when it is designed to sucker me into buying something.
Posted by kgord on 06-29-2017
I hate clickbait style of spamming because they ruin my mood. Would you believe that I have been receiving some emails that were purportedly ads of 2 banks which asks the receiver to click on the button that says “verify your account” otherwise your account may be suspended. The tendency of the reader is to click on the button only to be brought to another website that is not related to the bank.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-03-2018
Yes they should be banned. But who is going to ban the clickbait articles. Since the media is already using clickbait articles, it will continue to release such articles in order to garner traffic. Search engines can block such articles but it takes month and in a month such articles will be no more useful.
Posted by vinaya on 06-29-2017
They absolutely should be banned. However, before we ban them, we need to set specific rules in place for what constitutes a "ban". If the title of the article has absolutely nothing to do with the article, there should be rules banning them. You are scamming people of their hard earned money through deception. However, if the article happens to be a controversial or interesting topic and the article author is just being facetious, a ban is unnecessary. I think in most cases we can tell the difference. You want to enforce rules but not to the point of censorship. Ideally, you want safety and honesty for all. It's not good if a company gets its money by tricking its readers or clients.
Posted by RedVelvetCupcake2009 on 06-30-2017
You're too right, most of the nowadays news are Clickbait, these sites owners just want views to their websites which is awful..Imagine someone tells you fake rumors just to keep listening to him.. These sites owners know that their news are fake but.. they only care about views.
Posted by Moaz on 06-30-2017
I agree, clickbait these days has just gotten out of hand. Nowadays I'll get a YouTube thumbnail pop up saying that they got demon possessed. When in reality it was just a prank.
Posted by Okaviator on 06-30-2017
I don't think it should be banned, but I do agree with the poster that it is annoying. We all just need to be better informed about what's going on in the world around us and if we have to read a click bait-y article to be more informed I don't see the harm in that.
Posted by Lizzyib on 07-03-2017
It is really frustrating when that happens to me. I look at an advert and think that I will check it out only to find it is something else entirely. It is really annoying. It annoys me so much that I now don't bother to click on those ads. It has happened so many times that it has sunk into my thick skull now that it is probably a fake ad like we get fake news!
Posted by JMS on 07-11-2017
I believe that this is a very individual question. If the site is a click bait site then the users will realize it and move on to other sites naturally. I don't think any type of punishing measure needs to be taken. Quality content speaks for itself. The good prevail and the bad are rooted out.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-10-2017
No need to ban them, cause they shoot a bullet in their own foot, if I a web site has make me click on something deceitful, I will not visit this website again.
Posted by joey98 on 09-01-2017
The problem is how to ban them, the internet being vast the best way is to regulate such kind of media or least they should be having a disclaimer. Everyone wants to create revenue through the internet but good ways should be observed s as to have a good way and method of getting the clicks t their sites.
Posted by williamk on 09-13-2017
Definitely yes because it is fooling people to click on their article. I was a victim of such website's owner tactics before, it is really annoying. They make suck dishonest tactics just to lead people to visit their website. I think it is unprofessional and unethical. If you want your website to generate traffics, it must be done in the proper way not not fooling the people.
Posted by vhinz on 10-15-2017
I am also against clickbait because it is like fooling me. If there is a false advertising then clickbait falls under that category. But it is the trend and I don’t think there is something we can do. Oh yeah, the social media platforms and websites can ban them. But since they are contents so I don’t think it is that easy to impose such a rule that is detrimental to the contents of the website. But maybe if users will be taught on how to determine if the link is a clickbait then those clickbaits will not have an effect on us.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-01-2018
You're right. I hate that click bait. but somehow, we need to understand them. That's how they run their business, or let me say source of income. Click bait, or pay per click is one of the source of income for many freelancer using the net. The most thing I hate about that is, aside from the click bait it's also a fishing site, and it's really dangerous, specially if you gave your info or you sign up to their site.
Posted by ion on 02-20-2018
Since the articles are mostly meant to decieve the readers to just click on the articles without getting the real news from the article so that it now helps the article owners to make a lot of money, that to me is not good then it might need to be banned from wasting readers precious time.
Posted by babyright on 03-17-2018
Clickbait can be really annoying but I'm not sure if they need to be banned completely unless it really has damaging effects. It still depends on the context of the situation. There are other more disturbing videos that need to be banned.
Posted by Chinet23 on 09-11-2018
Clickbait exists because of SEO. Sites needs visitors and views to get first page rankings. That's why Clickbait was invented. I do think such practice should be banned. Because as you said it's trickery.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 11-24-2018