Those comment moderation tools YouTube has been talking about are finally here. Back in September, YouTube teased the idea of “better comments,” which ended up being a system in which comments were moderated based off of a person’s relevancy and pull within the community. It also helped creators sort commenters into “white” and “black” lists, which would either bump YouTube comments to the top or bury ones posted by trolls.
Among the tools, which we’ve previously written about, are private, threaded conversations among creators and their audience; and enhanced tools to review and moderate comments before they are published.
The new comment system has been built to better promote relevant discussion and help end the incessant trolling that is so common on YouTube. Per an official release from YouTube, here are the new features released today:
– Comments you care about move to the top: You’ll see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles. You can still see the most recent comments by switching from “Top Comments” to “Newest First.”
– Join the conversation publicly or privately: You can choose to start a conversation so that it is seen by everyone, only people in your Circles, or just your bestie. Like Gmail, replies are threaded so you can easily follow conversations.
– Easily moderate comments: If you also post videos on your channel, you’ll have new tools to review comments before they’re posted, block certain words or save time by auto-approving comments from certain fans.
Of course, this all comes with the caveat that you must be connected to Google+ in order to comment. However, YouTube has been extremely open in expressing that users will not lose their anonymity.
For better or worse the new YouTube comment section is here. What do you think?