YouTube will tell you if you’re too mean in the comments
YouTube wants you to stop being mean. As YouTube comments continue to serve as a place to harbor negativity and bad humor, the platform is deploy a way to let you know if your comment is too rude.
YouTube announced yesterday that the video-sharing platform will contact you soon if a comment you left on a video is deemed too abusive based on the Community Rules. If a user receives a notification and continues to post abusive comments, YouTube will muzzle them with a 24-hour comment ban.
The new feature is released today, and the company said in its blog post that testing of the feature and penalties has proven successful. YouTube will give people who believe they have been wrongfully reprimanded the chance to challenge their punishment, and the notification system is currently only available for English comments.
“Our goal is to both protect creators from users who attempt to negatively impact the community through comments, as well as to provide more transparency to users whose comments may have been removed for policy violations. and hopefully help them understand our community guidelines,” TeamYouTube said in a blog post.
This new feature was part of a larger announcement that YouTube made yesterday on efforts to curb spam and abuse rampant on the platform, especially in its comments. As well as telling users they’re morons, YouTube says it’s also honed its AI tools to remove comments sections from the website looking for spam and shitty behavior, allegedly deleting 1.1 billion of spam. comments in the first six months of this year. The platform also uses artificial intelligence to detect and remove bots from YouTube live chats.
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“We have been working on improving our automated detection systems and machine learning models to identify and remove spam,” the company said in its post. “As spammers change tactics, our machine learning models are continually improving to better detect new types of spam.”
YouTube has flirted with comment moderation methods in the past, including kindly asking you to behave, hide comments on their own separate page as good as view user comments on his own profile. This new feature, however, appears to be a more aggressive attempt by the company to tone down its website discourse.