In recent times, Spam has become one of the most common problems we come across on social media. Has a matter of fact, it has gotten worse.
YouTube has devised a means to tackle this problem. They have introduced a new feature to chip away its spam woes. This feature makes it difficult for real accounts to get impersonated by fake ones.
Starting July 29, channels on YouTube wouldn’t have the luxury of hiding their subscriber counts anymore. Hiding subscriber counts will give Spam accounts the luxury of concealing what they have going on and easily impersonating bigger and established channels.
YouTube is aware that “some creators would love to hide their subscriber numbers as they try to attain some level of growth,” but the firm has decided that the possibly divisive action required is to lessen the predominance of impersonators. Since YouTube is deleting a choice rather than offering one, the shift is likely to enrage some users, but the corporation is pressing through nevertheless.
Another effort to make it more difficult for impersonators to remain undetected is the platform’s new special character limits on channel names. Some special characters won’t be permitted anymore, however, if a strange character makes the cut, it sounds like you could still be able to include them. In essence, YouTube doesn’t like spammers that use the special character “¥ouTube” to spell things out.
Spam accounts frequently use the same name as the person they are impersonating, but they quietly (or not so silently) alter one or two characters. A phony channel may first appear to be genuine, and on a large scale that’s enough to draw unknowing users to a fake channel or dubious links or anything else they’re selling.
Additionally, YouTube has announced that all creators will now have access to a new feature in the comment moderation setting. The feature, which can be activated in the community settings menu, will screen comments more rigorously than the default setting, possibly removing more of what YouTube refers to as “identity abuse” as well as other spammy content cluttering up your area of the platform.
Spam has been painfully increasing recently, according to YouTube creators. Marques Brownlee, a consumer electronics YouTuber, made a video in April lamenting the situation and complaining that he has been dealing with spam in his comments that is “next-level out of control” for months. At the time, there was a tweet sent by Brownlee about YouTube’s “increasing strictness” comment moderation button; today, everyone tired of wading through spam will have access to that formerly experimental feature.
You Can Now Add Corrections to Already Published YouTube Videos
A new tool that will let you edit videos after they’ve been published is coming to YouTube. After videos are live, it will be possible to edit them using a new option for YouTube creators. Previously, the only method to fix an issue in a video that had already been published was to delete, modify, and re-upload the video.
The approach brought about a loss of engagement metrics and all-watch time, which led to more issues than resolved. To avoid this, YouTube creators will have to correct their mistakes by typically leaving a comment or adding a note to the description. However, it doesn’t help at all if the user doesn’t scroll down the page or if the video is embedded on another website. Now, existing videos can be corrected in a way that becomes instantly obvious even when the video is being viewed.
How Does it work?
The correction feature on YouTube is a combination of both old and new. Creators still need to point up mistakes and give explanations in the video description section. The ability of creators to call attention to mistakes while the video is still playing is what’s new about the launch.
When a specific area of a video contains an error, you can notify viewers and direct them to the description section of the video, where the explanation is given, using YouTube video corrections. Viewers will see a card pop-up at the precise moment of the error when you make a fix to a YouTube video.
During the course of the video, the info card teaser will appear once at the correction timestamp, indicating the presence of a correction. In cases where there are clarifications or written corrections, clicking on the card will enlarge the video description.
This is not a perfect solution, but it will at least let viewers recognize when a creator corrects their mistakes and gives the right information.
The Dislike Count on each Video on YouTube’s platform is being Eliminated
YouTube has chosen to make the “dislike” count for videos throughout its platform private. Given how much it affects how the general public sees and responds to videos, the choice is sure to be divisive. YouTube, however, is confident that the change would better safeguard its creators from abuse and lessen the threat of “dislike attacks,” which are simply when a group conspires to make a video have a high dislike count.
According to the corporation, the dislike button will still be available even though dislike statistics won’t be accessible to the general public. The thumbs-down option on videos is still available for viewers to discreetly express disapproval to the makers. For the time being, creators will have the option to see the statistics of their dislikes alongside other performance statistics for their video.
The modification is the result of an experiment YouTube conducted earlier this year to see if similar modifications will lessen harassment of creators and dislike assaults.
At the time, YouTube outlined how dislike counts among the general public could impact creators’ well-being and could inspire specific efforts to add dislikes to videos. While that is true, dislikes can also help others by letting them know when a video is clickbait, spam, or deceptive.
Smaller creators and other users just getting started on YouTube have complained to YouTube that they feel unjust dislike attacks are being directed at them. This was supported by the experiment, which showed that smaller-channel artists were more frequently the targets of dislike assaults than larger creators.
When TechCrunch inquired, YouTube refuses to disclose the specifics or the data obtained from such studies. However, it claimed to have tested the adjustments for “several months” and to have done an “In-depth analysis of the impact” on both creators and users alike.