Internet trolls have finally done it—they’ve angered the giant.
Apparently fed up with the rash of hateful, negative, racist, homophobic, and all-around tasteless comments on YouTube videos, Google is cracking down on the types of comments you’ll see from now on.
YouTube declares that it’s making comments better by integrating Google+. It will prioritize comments from recognizable profiles, like the video creator or friends. Posted comments can be shared privately or in users’ Google+ circles, and additional moderating tools will give video creators the ability to block phrases or auto-approve comments.
So, it seems to be part, “We want to clean up the comments,” and part, “We want everybody to have a Google+ account.” That makes sense, but how will people find opportunities to make $10,000 a week while sitting at home if not for YouTube comment spam?
Google isn’t alone in the crackdown. PopularScience
announced Wednesday that it will be shutting down its comments altogether. The site offered this
The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.
That is not to suggest that we are the only website in the world that attracts vexing commenters. Far from it. Nor is it to suggest that all, or even close to all, of our commenters are shrill, boorish specimens of the lower internet phyla. We have many delightful, thought-provoking commenters.
Similarly, The Huffington Post
announced in late August that it would no longer allow anonymous comments