YouTube's new comment system was getting bitten by a rise in spam, but the company is fighting back.
In a blog posted late Monday, the YouTube comments team acknowledged the increase in comment span since revamping the format a couple of weeks ago. The change was designed to cut down on anonymous and frivolous comments by requiring commenters to use their Google+ names. But the move showed that people can be jerks even under their own names and actually triggered a surge in spam.
In response, the comments team launched three updates to try to combat the problem, notably … Read more
Imagine if people spoke in real life the way they would in a YouTube comment. A comedy bit from Conan O'Brien does just that.
On his late-night talk show on Wednesday, Conan was talking about Google's decision to ban anonymous YouTube comments, forcing people to use their real screen names. Many YouTube users have given the overall comment cleanup a thumb's down. But Conan voiced his support for requiring real names, complaining that the anonymous comments are "usually awful things that no one would have the guts to say in person."
After revealing that his … Read more
YouTube channel owners appear to be taking the stance that the Google+ cure is worse than the common YouTube comment.When Google announced that it was going to replace its original commenting system with one powered by Google+, reactions seemed split between a positive reception for improving the level of discourse and giving channel owners more moderation tools, versus the concerns of commenters who felt that their free speech would be infringed. However, in the aftermath of the Google+ comments rollout, some longtime YouTubers are taking their displeasure with the new system public, posting their videos on YouTube but moving … Read more
It's no secret that YouTube comment sections are often dismal corners of the Internet, where anonymous posters disparage, defame, and diss anyone or anything they can find.
YouTube has been working over the past year to clean up these shadowy sections of its Web site. And now, the day has come that commenting on YouTube, as we know it, will change.
The online video service announced Wednesday that all users will begin seeing site-wide changes. The main gist of these changes is that comments will now be sorted so that users will see prioritized posts based on community-focused commenters … Read more
Those nasty, abusive comments left on news articles aren't the responsibility of the news site...or are they?
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Wednesday that DelfiSA, a popular Estonian news site, is responsible for a slew of threatening and offensive comments left in response to one of its stories, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The article that so enraged readers was published in January 2006 and was about a ferry company changing its route, which delayed the opening of roads to offshore islands, according to the Journal. Within the roughly 185 comments posted, around 20 threatened … Read more
"Whatever you do, don't feed the trolls."
That's what my co-workers always say when I tell them I'm about to read online comments about the CNET TV show I host, Rumor Has It.
"Don't read the comments, comments are stupid."
My internal debate about whether to view the show-related comments is a big one. Especially when user comments are so often nothing more than "First!!!11!" Especially when user comments attack my appearance, sexuality, and gender.