A massive overhaul of YouTube’s comments section means that a Google+ account is now a prerequisite for leaving your thoughts on a video. After a lot of griping from users across the internet, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim has chimed in with his own dissenting words.
On his personal YouTube account, Karim left one scathing question: “Why the fuck do I need a google+ account to comment on a video?” The outburst marks the first time in 8 years that Karim has posted to the site, fuelling further controversy over Google’s decision to link its flounder social network to YouTube.
YouTube has long been viewed by many as the home to the most vitriolic comments on the internet. When you take into account the competition that is quite a hefty title to say the least. After promising an overhaul early in 2013, Google finally released a video to announce the new system, which is being implemented immediately. So far over 30,000 comments have been left on the YouTube overhaul video, many of them from angry users who seem to share Karim’s distaste for the change.
Aside from making all comments personal, YouTube will now be ranking comments according to relevance rather than recency. The comments YouTube deigns most relevant include comments by the video’s creator, popular personalities, or your Google+ friends.