YouTube bans the worst spam comments for 24 hours.
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(Pocket-lint) – YouTube is finally taking tougher action on spammy commenters on its platform. Repeat offenders are now banned from entering for 24 hours.
Spam comments have long been a problem for YouTube, but the video streamer is starting to make changes it hopes will improve the situation. There are three changes in total, but banning repeat spammers might be the most interesting. The company says users will receive a notification that “comments have been suspended” for their accounts, meaning they won’t be able to comment for another 24 hours.
This ban will be triggered if YouTube believes someone has repeatedly left comments that violate its Community Guidelines, the company says.
YouTube will also start notifying viewers if their comments have been removed for being abusive, although this feature is currently only available to those whose language is English. Other languages will go live in the coming months, we are told.
YouTube also says it improves automatic spam detection, so it can be removed faster. Improvements will also be made to bot detection when comments are left on live streams.
All of this is of course welcome and anything that can reduce the amount of abusive and poor quality comments on YouTube videos is something we absolutely want. Hopefully things continue to improve and these changes will have an impact sooner than expected.
Written by Oliver Haslam.