This New YouTube Feature Might Change Comment Sections Forever

The YouTube comments section has been home to some of the most controversial arguments on the internet, although it does give users a sense of community on the sprawling platform. YouTube has been trying to focus on one thing in particular over the past few years, which is to try and reduce the negative feedback that some users leave behind. The company did this by doing away with the dislike button, and this new update to comment moderation might have a similar effect.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that YouTube channels will now be able to pause comments on their videos for a short period of time. This has the potential to make content moderation far easier than might have been the case otherwise. Previously, channels really only had two options. Either they could allow all comments, or they could switch comments off which would get rid of the entire comment section.

Alternatively, channels could make it so that they check each comment before it ends up being posted, which can lead to a mountain of comments that they might need to go through. This new update will help in both cases. If an inordinate amount of negativity is making its way into the comment’s section, channel owners can just pause the comments without getting rid of the entire section.

Allowing users to continue seeing older comments will remove some of the suspicion that can be aroused when comment sections are turned out. Moderating comments will also become easier because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing channel owners to go through comments at their leisure without more pouring in.

This new feature has been on the cards since at least October, when YouTube first started trying it out. It will definitely go a long way towards making the lives of channel owners easier with all things having been considered and taken into account. The names of these settings have also been changed, including a new Basic setting that will filter out some comments that are of a malicious nature and a Strict setting that will hold back a greater quantity that could be seen as inappropriate by viewers and channel owners alike.

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