How Sites Like YouTube Are Combating Nasty Commenters

  • metta

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    Dec 27, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    How Sites Like YouTube Are Combating Nasty Commenters

    "Starting this week, when you're watching a video on YouTube, you'll see comments sorted by people you care about first," wrote YouTube product manager Nundu Janakiram and principal engineer Yonatan Zunger in a blog post announcing the changes. "If you post videos on your channel, you also have more tools to moderate welcome and unwelcome conversations. This way, YouTube comments will become conversations that matter to you."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/26/youtube-commenters-_n_4504185.html
  • Jonny21

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    Dec 28, 2013 2:32 AM GMT
    I like the new policy. It lets the user censor and control the comments posted on their videos.

    Recently, you see a whole lot of douchebaggery on the Internet and social media platforms. In my estimation, many of the people who troll comment sections and message boards are generally insecure about themselves, so they rather tear people down than to truly provide constructive or insightful commentary. Especially, considering most of these types of people would never have the courage to behave this way in public to the other person's face.

    Also, there are no 1st Amendment implications considering Youtube is not the government. So I am all for it.
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    Dec 29, 2013 5:02 PM GMT
    How exactly do they know who we "care about most"?
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    Dec 29, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
    Moderators and attempts to limit hate filled comments and the rude and nastiness are popping up all over. Even here on RJ we're seeing more intervention and the addition of Jeff to 'watch over' the forums. The Huffington Post site recently implemented a policy requiring a Facebook account, linked to your email address in order to verify the validity of the account holder. Of course there are ways around these but the point is that there's a movement to end the anonymous, untraceable, trolls that would instigate hatred and discourse.

    I would be surprised if you don't eventually find RJ implementing a policy of requiring verification before allowing forum comments. It's unfortunate that the self policing that has been very effective here for many years is giving way to those who now prefer to abuse the privilege of participating in a discussion by posting hateful and degrading comments, personal attacks and generating lies about others.
  • TDSmoove

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    Dec 30, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
    Personally I hate the new Huff Post policy. Not that I've ever been one to start flame wars but I'm not on Facebook nor do I think I should have to be a member of one site just to be able to post on another. Next I'll have to enter the last 4 of my social and the date of my last STD test to be verified by the Dept of Health before I can chat on Adam 4 Adam.
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    Dec 30, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    TDSmoove saidPersonally I hate the new Huff Post policy. Not that I've ever been one to start flame wars but I'm not on Facebook nor do I think I should have to be a member of one site just to be able to post on another. Next I'll have to enter the last 4 of my social and the date of my last STD test to be verified by the Dept of Health before I can chat on Adam 4 Adam.

    I hear you on this. I sent them a message with the same complaint. I actually do have a FB but created another with an old bogus email account I never use in order to satisfy the request. Neither is used, no friends, no pics, no nothing and an email attached to FB with indication of who it belongs to.