YouTube fighting spam and impersonations in update to Google+ comments

November 26, 2013
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It’s no secret: YouTube comments can be offensive. In an attempt to corral that behavior, Google introduced Google+ commenting for YouTube, effectively tying the two services together. It’s been a few weeks, but the scope of such a move isn’t known yet. Does the new comments section cheapen Google+, or improve YouTube?


Conversely, does it improve anything at all? YouTube has long been a bastion for racist, sexist behavior in the comments section. Creating a hurdle for them to jump through doesn’t dilute the message much, but moderation does. Google has announced that they are going to be giving creators a better avenue to moderate comments, as well as a few automatic tools for detection of spam or impersonations.

According to a post on the YouTube creators blog, bulk moderation has long been requested, and those tools are “coming soon”. Google is also set to improve the ranking system for comments, and retrofit moderation. While they offered no details on “bulk moderation”, we’d like to think creators can block comments ahead of time with offensive language, links, or anything along those lines.

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Google’s aim with introducing the Google+ commenting system was to put a stop to all those offensive comments, but it relies on moderation. As users, we can moderate who responds to our shares or comments via Google+, but for creators it’s not that easy. When it comes down to more popular videos, which get view counts of 100,000+, Google+ isn’t going to help much. That many views lend themselves to thousands of comments, and going through them one-by-one is just not feasible.

Though the comments section was always terrible, it didn’t affect YouTube much. The service was and is a go-to for video sharing, regardless of what Google feels the comments section should be. Happily, we can expect to avoid ASCII art in the future, and should be able to comment without being roundly scorned for no reason.


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  • I_warned_ya

    Bull$hit. Google’s “Aim” with this fascist move was to push Google Plus and collect MORE DATA and prove to the rest of the world that they have YOUR DATA. If the comments were a problem, filters or controls set by subscribers could have handled that issue, but since it wasn’t the actual problem, Google gives not a $hit about actually fixing anything.

  • jlninja

    Without a doubt, it ruins them both. My comments on youtube videos have absoulutely nothing to do with G+. I refuxe to comment anymore on videos because I know it appears on the other, so in effect, Google has cancelled freedom of speech. I may have to belong to this stupid company, but I refuse to place any of my comments in this system any more.

  • King_Anonymous

    It’s crap. Google+ shall never happen. Your site either happens or it doesn’t. Google+ is more than a hardcore fail. It is being implemented in the biggest site on the planet and biggest video site on the planet. Ofcourse more users shall be there. Haha but they’re all forced.

    “Oh my god, look our site big like teh faceboook, join us, our spy machine is better!”

    No, just fail crap only the most bored use Nobody’s spending time on it like facebook. Killing YouTube in the process.