In a blog post published on Monday, YouTube admitted that Google+ integration into the website has increased spam levels significantly. Considering this particular update was meant to reduce spam in the infamous comments section on YouTube, this is quite the eyebrow-raising development.
“Since we launched the new comments experience on YouTube two weeks ago, we’ve received a lot of feedback from creators on the increase in comment spam,” said YouTube in the blog post. “While the new system dealt with many spam issues that had plagued YouTube in the past, it also introduced new opportunities for abuse and shortly after the launch, we saw some users taking advantage of them.”
The video-sharing site did not mention how it would attempt to tackle the problem. The Google+ roll-out was meant to make comments ‘flow’ in a conversation style similar to Gmail’s, but has received more criticism than praise since its inception. A petition published almost as soon as the update was launched called on Google not to force YouTube users to have to join Google+ just for the sake of commenting. Critics have called the integration just another way to promote Google+, which has never made it to the big leagues ruled over by Facebook and Twitter.