YouTube’s Growing Popularity Means It Needs To Pay Closer Attention To Spam Comments

You may have come across a number of different problems in your daily life but in reference to the context of the digital world, it’s safe to say each problem is looked at as a problem at scale.

Let’s be more specific, YouTube and its ever-growing popularity cannot be denied. In case you weren’t already aware, there are currently around 2.6 billion active users involved in the platform and the figures don’t seem to be stopping just yet.

Hence, that means in the year 2022, if there is a small problem, it affects large groups of people, and so on and so forth.

A problem that requires immediate attention and focus

One such problem that requires due focus and we feel is yet to be addressed publicly is the issue of spam comments, as reported by several top YouTuber stars.

Active content creators are quite well aware that after posting up a video, they face a plethora of comments that are such a nuisance.

While some post “congratulations, we’ve got something for you”, others try out an array of deceptive strategies to try and use another person’s platform to either promote their own content or generate unwanted attention.

These comments usually end up being displayed as the first or last comment on the thread. But what exactly is the goal of such comments or why are they put up in the first place?

Well, experts believe the main strategy is to warrant your attention and then try to get you off of YouTube and onto another platform such as a particular website. But at the end of the day, they’re all scams and you’d probably be wondering that if it looks fake, then what’s the issue?

According to recent statistics, people actually end up falling for these scams and most of them are money-related. So, it’s a double loss for a viewer who thinks they’re communicating with the content creator and some sort of offer going on, but in reality, that’s far from the truth.

Are there any anti-spam strategies currently in place?

Content creators claim they’re equally affected because they try their best to communicate with their followers or subscribers in the comments section but in the end, they are actually spending most of their time trying to block out spam campaigns so their followers don’t get tricked.

Common spam themes include money giveaways, cryptocurrency, adult site navigation techniques, and more. But has a huge platform like YouTube ever thought about combating this problem? After all, it seems to be a growing menace.

Well, the platform has revealed how it has built moderation tools that assist in keeping these spam comments in check. To be more specific, the automatic spam filter tool is actually doing a decent job at warding off spam.

Another common tool worth a mention is the ‘Hide User From Channel’ option that not only blocks the user from the content creator’s channel forever but also disguises whatever comments they’ve ever made on that particular channel.

But leading YouTubers feel that is not enough to combat a leading problem. And that’s especially true considering the amount of time hardworking content creators spend trying to make their platform spam-free.

One YouTuber by the name of Thio Joe has actually paved the way for designing his own anti-spam tool. And it is said to do a better job at identifying spam than YouTube itself.

What needs to be done?

A community-built solution

This targets those users who have been engaging in spam for a while now and are active across the platform for this purpose only. Experts believe Thio Joe’s tool does wonders at this by simply plugging your info on YouTube and works well on a number of different domains.

A YouTube built solution

Critics believe the best way to get around spam is by YouTube taking a stronger initiative at delving down deep into the matter. Experts believe comment moderation tools can actually do a pretty great job of blocking accounts and hiding past activity.

Another suggestion would be to potentially allow content creators to ban other users from using their names as it would bar impersonation tactics to a high degree. This way, tricking users into falling for scams would be drastically reduced.

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