Navigating the comment section on any YouTube video is like navigating a minefield of racism, misogyny, and hate. It might not be that way anymore now that Google is changing how comments are managed!
The new system, which begins rolling out to a limited number of Tubers starting today, favors relevance over how recent a comment is, and offers a bevy of moderation tools so stem the flow of spam-filled comments.
The commenting system powered by Google+ utilizes several factors to push a certain comment to the top. Of those, community engagement by the commenter, up-votes for a particular comment, and commenter reputation will play a factor on what is seen.
If you have been flagged for spam or abuse, your comments will be buried. On the flip side, comments made by celebrities with strong Google+ reputations will be shot straight to the top.
If you’re logged in to Google+ you’ll also see comments from people in your circles pushed up to the top as well.
Another feature that focuses on YouTube’s goal to foster conversation is that you’ll be able to comment publicly or privately to people in your circles, with replies threaded like Gmail.
Hopefully, the new tools help content creators guide conversation rather than just ignoring comments all together.
As an added bonus for content creators, YouTube is also offering a selection of free music tracks to beef up your videos with, that way you don’t have to worry about infringing on any music copyrights.
How awesome is that?
Do you think the new YouTube comment section will push people to discuss topics or is it a form of censorship? Tell us what you think in the comments down below!