How Google made Youtube safe from an important part of the hateful comments

Last class, Professor Mochon highlighted 2 things among others: the fact that Google don’t really now where they want to go with Google +, and that a Google+ identification was now required to comment on Youtube videos, causing discontent of some users.

But this new requirement is not trivial: the haters will say that it is an other desperate attempt to drive more people on Google + (and to some extent are probably right). But in the same time it represents a huge improvement: preventing anonymous comments, which resulted in “a cesspool of illiteracy,misogyny, racism, idiocy, hatred, violence, barbarism, intolerance and general lack of humanity”. When you see the number of hateful comments that used to be posted, taking action was really necessary. 

Of course it will not remove all the spam, but it will reduce it drastically.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/netapp/2013/11/27/google-youtube-comments/

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One Response to How Google made Youtube safe from an important part of the hateful comments

  1. I think that an important thing to keep in mind is that commenting really isn’t that important for YouTube, so limiting who can do it might not affect it much (beyond cleaning up the comment section). If you did something like this for other sites (e.g. Reddit) then the decline in comments could be very detrimental to the site.

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