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Google will drive Youtube comments with Google+

To banish anonymous comments and fight spam
Wed Sep 25 2013, 12:43

INTERNET GIANT Google will soon change the way comments are displayed on Youtube, and will drive them with its Google+ social network.

The changes will see comments that are more relevant moving to the top of the comments list instead of the most recent. Google said this means that comments from people you care about will rise so you can see them.

"When it comes to the conversations happening on Youtube, recent does not necessarily mean relevant. So, comments will soon become conversations that matter to you," the firm said in a blog post on Tuesday.

"In the coming months, comments from people you care about will rise up where you can see them, while new tools will help video creators moderate conversations for welcome and unwelcome voices."

However, the change means that commenters won't be able to leave anonymous remarks any longer, as you'll have to be signed in to Google+ in order to comment. We're sure that won't stop some people from opening fake Google+ accounts in order to troll, however.

You will be able to join conversations either publicly or privately, or start a conversation that is seen by everyone on Youtube and Google+ or just people in your Google+ Circles.

"Like Gmail, replies are threaded so you can easily follow conversations," Google said.

The updates will also add new tools that will allow moderators to review comments before they're posted, block certain words and save time by auto-approving comments from certain commenters.

Google said that it will begin rolling out the comment changes "starting this week", with the new Youtube comments powered by Google+ on the channel discussion tab. µ


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