Google Has a Magical Mystery Abusive YouTube Comments Fix in the Pipeline

By Gary Cutlack on at

Speaking during one of the YouTube-themed events at last week's Google I/O event, Google man Dror Shimshowitz claimed it's working on some sort of system to bring an end to the torrent of misery unleashed daily by the comments beneath YouTube videos.

When asked about the difficult area of the always abusive YouTube comments, Shimshowitz said: "We’re working on some improvements to the comment system, so hopefully we’ll have an update on that in the next few months." Obviously Google doesn't want people to just switch off the comments, as that's a big source of additional page views and revenue for the company, so it's working on something else.

However, nothing more was said about the mechanics of the system, whether it'll be an approval system, rude word filter or something more clever. Hopefully it'll make scrolling down less of a depressing descent into the pits of hell, whatever form it takes, and lessen the workload of the YouTube Complaints Department. [Wired]