Most anyone who’s used YouTube’s comments system in the past will know that the video site is one of the best places on the internet for petty, offensive and often malicious behaviour. Although a change was necessary, Google’s heavy-handed attempts to force all commentary to be made via their Google Plus social media service seem to only have made the problem worse.
YouTube has always been well-known for comments containing spam, abusive remarks and ridiculous arguments, but Google’s solution has not done much to fix the problem. On the surface, cleaning up and prioritizing YouTube’s comments section seems like an excellent idea, but it was Google’s methods that brought a lot of users up in arms.
Before the change was made to YouTube’s comments early in November, one problem that the site never had was link spamming, owing to the fact that clickable links were effectively banned from all comments. However, now that the new Google Plus comments system is in place users capable of posting links to phishing sites, porn or malware.
In response to the increased amount of abuse and scam links present on the comments list, many of YouTube’s most popular channels have opted to disable comments on their videos all together.