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YouTube Begins Testing New ‘Comment Moderation Tool’ To Help Tackle Comment Spam

Most YouTubers would agree that one of the biggest problems that they continually face on the platform is directly related to comment spam.

No matter what the video’s subject may be, content creators are getting tired of the bucket loads of spam comments that appear, making it difficult to reply to actual fans and followers, not to mention the dangers of being directed to another site due to active spam campaigns.

And while the platform may have tried a number of attempts to tackle the problem in the past, it’s safe to say that they haven't been fruitful.

But now, it appears, YouTube has officially started with its experimenting trials for a new comment moderation tool that allows content creators to employ stricter measures when it comes down to inappropriate comments, which would be held for review, as spotted by Marques Brownlee.


The news comes as more and more YouTubers have put forward their extreme frustration on the subject of spam and how it was negatively affecting their channels.

Some of the content creators affected were high-profile names with huge fan followings and they feel the time had come for the platform to take disciplinary action because they’d simply had enough.

Imagine facing an army of malicious commenters that do nothing but copy you in the hopes of scamming your viewers. Sounds pretty bad right, well, you can only imagine their level of frustration.

While some of the comments may not be as threatening as the rest, so many YouTubers feel they’re still quite annoying and always carry the risk of being harmful because, at the end of it all, you never know with what intent they’re being posted.

Experts claim that YouTube does have a number of tools that try to tackle such comments, while the platform does try to remove so many of them automatically. For instance, in 2021, the shed light on how it reportedly removed 950 million spam comments alone that went against its policies. Unbelievingly, they were solely detected by YouTube’s flagging systems alone that are supposedly in-built and automated in function.

Clearly, that just wasn’t enough and it’s safe to say that YouTube acknowledges it. Experts revealed how the initial testing phase for the new tool began in December of last year and the wait for the rollout continues amongst anxious users around the globe. But when can YouTube users actually expect the new tool to debut? Well, there’s no definite word on that right now but we certainly hope soon.

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