YouTube’s New Comment Moderation Seems To (Not) Be Going Well So Far

YouTube’s New Comment Moderation Seems To (Not) Be Going Well So Far
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YouTube’s new comment moderation system sounds pretty neat, but it’s really going to hinge on how people interact on the internet. And there’s only so much you can do to moderate that. This comment thread is perhaps the perfect example of that.

Here’s the NSFW version of the top screenshot:

The top comment — with 75 “thumbs up” as of this writing — on this harmless, adorable and fluffy Maru video is a totally irrelevant ASCII drawing of a penis:

Or maybe it is relevant, considering the general fascination with drawing dick pics online.

I’m sure you all have noticed other failings of YouTube’s new comment system, but this was one particularly hilarious example I noticed recently. Maru’s top YouTube comments don’t usually draw this kind of highly-voted penis reference. They’re more about how adorable and awesome Maru and his new sister are.

Comments

    • If you’re using Herp Derp for the laughs, then this won’t be at all useful, but if you’re just using it to avoid getting annoyed by dumb YouTube comments then using AdBlock to target the comments section works perfectly.

      • Adblock can do that? Hmm…

        I tended to use Herp Derp as a general get-rid-of-crap thing, with the option of reading them if I am brave/think it’s worth it.

  • This is far from the worst I’ve seen. I saw someone that posted an 8,000 word clopfic in the comments for BrentalFloss’ “How I Did E. Gadd’s Voice” video. It’s still there, near the top of top comments, if you want to see it.

  • When I checked youtube’s “here’s our wonderful new comment system!” video, the “top comment” was by Adolf Hitler. Yup, good job youtube, you really sorted those trolls out.

  • “…but it’s really going to hinge on how people interact on the internet.”

    This pretty much explains why it was never going to work.

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