YouTube’s Comments Might Now Be Less Awful

The fight to make the Internet a better place never ends, but today we can count one more victory on our side: now, not only can you moderate YouTube comments better, but the way comments appear is now also different.

I mean, it’s not like you necessarily care about some rando’s opinion, right? Or the opinion of whoever posted on a video last? And of course, not every conversation you have is one that you necessarily want as public. Thankfully, the new improvements to YouTube comments address this stuff — here’s the YouTube blog on the upcoming tweaks:

  • 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.

I can get behind all that…even though it does mean hilarious videos like this might start dying out — especially since a couple of months ago, YouTube also introduced filters. Sacrifices, people.


  • How about an option for users to turn them off completely. I am happier living in a world where youtube comments don’t exist. I’m often happy to read comments on other sites, such as Kotaku, but the comments on Youtube are just…. they’re the worst. The worst. They’re so bad that they’re infamous. They have reached a certain level of awfulness that is hard to quantify.

    Please, give me the option to never see them. I know I don’t “have” to read them, but sometimes my eye slips down and I inadvertently catch a glimpse of them. They are literally so bad that they can give me a headache.

    • There’s a great Chrome extension called “Herp Derp” that replaces youtube comments with strings of “herpa derp derp” so you don’t have to read them if you accidentally scroll down a little. You can still click on the text to reveal the original content if you’re a masochist.

    • No man, Just don’t read them. I mean yeah sure, it could be an option to turn it off, But.. I mean, Just don’t read them man!

  • Nice to see that YouTube’s still as hypocritical as ever, protesting to stop censorship of their website, but then censoring their users.

  • I don’t want to have any more to do with google+ (and any other gooogle bs for that matter) than I have too, this new comment system is a terrible thing.

  • As of today Google tried to force me to use my real name on youtube to make any new posts.
    Say goodbye to anonymity and say hello to easy identity theft.

    • Yeah, they’ve had that for a while. You could opt out to begin with, but my user name eventually got switched over to my email anyway.

      I suspect that’s probably also a tactic to try to stop people from behaving like such cretins in the comments.

      • If it does I will just delete my account. It is not worth keeping up with my favorite channels if I have to use my “Real” name

        • As for the comments, I understand it, they literally had the worst commenters on the whole internet. For posting video’s though, why the shit would I want to put my real name on them? It’s just google trying to sneak Google+ into everything and trick you into using it.

    • I have a “real name” account for not-weird-internet-things business, but you can bet your ass my “real name” on youtube is first name: mr last name: waffle lol.

  • better? Victory? Guess your not using the same youtube as everyone else. F&5cking awful. Sod off google. Over the last 2 years you have done nothing but wreck your popular products.

  • Google computers have decided that my YouTube name is not a name and have suspended my profile. Just in case.

    That means I am unable to interact with others, even on my own videos.
    I am unable to make changes to settings on my channel and on my videos.
    All because I can’t link my channel to G+.

    If I abandon my YouTube channel I lose everything I have built up over the years – only because I chose the wrong name some years ago.

    So Google decides what free speech is.
    Google decides what comments I “should care for”.
    Google decides what a name is.
    Thank you, Big Brother, for watching out for me.

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