YouTube Tries to Clean Up Comments, Unveils Creator Moderation Tools

/ Sep 24, 2013

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YouTube has embarked on a quest to clean up the most wretched corner of the web — that’s right, the comments section. Notorious as a breeding ground for every type of foul, offensive language possible, the comments section is now being outfitted with enhanced Google+ moderation capabilities.

The new functionality, which will require Google+ integration, favors comment relevance over how recently they were submitted. In addition, comments will be deemed “relevant” based on factors like community engagement, up-votes, and commenter reputation. If you have a penchant for trolling, then expect to see your remarks deep in the dark recesses of the comments section.

The whole system banks on Google+ integration, which means that comments from folks in your “Circles” will show up higher than those of strangers. In an added effort to foster meaningful conversation via comments, uploaders will also be able to post private or public conversations with those in their Google+ circles.

Upgraded YouTube moderation tools will allow creators to blacklist specific words and whitelist various commenters so their comments will never have to be reviewed. Speaking of, the new tools will give channel owners the option to review all comments before publishing.

The new features are currently in the hands of a select group of creators, but according to CNet, the moderation tools will ideally be open for public usage by the end of the year.

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