YouTube hit by spam as compulsory Google+ login backfires

27/11/2013

Google has admitted its YouTube site has become riddled with spam after it switched to compulsory Google+ logins from users to comment on videos.

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The internet giant came under fire last month as it ditched standard YouTube profiles for Google+ accounts, in a bid to boost engagement on its social network.

YouTube has now acknowledged that its new comments experience, which launched just two weeks ago, has garnered much feedback from creators. But it's not good feedback, with creators noticing an unfavourable increase in comment spam.

YouTube wrote in a blog post on Tuesday: "While the new system dealt with many spam issues that had plagued YouTube comments in the past, it also introduced new opportunities for abuse and shortly after the launch we saw some users taking advantage of them."

YouTube said it aims to decrease spam comments in future, issuing a service-wide update that will recognise bad links and impersonation attempts, improv ASCII art detection and change how long comments are displayed.

YouTube also promised to issue more updates in the future for managing comments and videos better, as well as improving comment ranking and moderation of old-style comments. In fact, bulk moderation tools are a "longstanding creator request", and YouTube will apparently deliver those tools soon.

"We know the spam issues made it hard to use the new system at first, and we’re excited to see more of you getting involved as we’ve fixed issues," YouTube added. "Thanks for sticking with us."

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