YouTube is set to overhaul its comments system to curb the droves of online trolls writing nasty and anonymous messages.
Speaking at Google I/O, an annual developer's conference held by YouTube's owner, head of product Dror Shimshowitz leaked the news that the website is developing a new method to halt the abuse.
Mr Shimshowitz and Google declined to elaborate on the plans but many speculate it could be the end of anonymous rants and raves posted at the bottom of YouTube channels.
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Wired reports that during a Q&A session, a member of the audience asked for advice on managing the nasty notes on his YouTube channel.
'Comments are kind of the Wild West of video,' Mr Shimshowitz replied.
'We’re working on some improvements to the comment system, so hopefully we’ll have an update on that in the next few months.'
YouTube users can choose to turn the comments off if they are particularly disturbing - but that closes the entire community, not just the violent voices.
Mr Shimshowitz refused to elaborate any further about the scope of the overhaul and a Google spokesman gave an equally vague explanation.
'We’re working to improve comments as much as we’re working to improve all parts of the site and YouTube experience,' a Google spokesman said to Wired.
Truly: The comments are so bad, they have inspired a parody blog entitled 'Stupid YouTube Comments'
YouTube's comment section is notoriously nasty. Buzzfeed called its commentors the 'worst on the internet,'
likening them to 'the dregs, the scum, the poison.'
'YouTube is a comment disaster on an unprecedented scale,' writer John Herrman said in an article last month.
'YouTube comments read like gibberish and don't really seem connected to one another. Content ranges from typed grunts to racist sentence fragments to nonsensical homophobic outbursts.'
The comments are so bad, they have inspired a parody blog entitled 'Stupid YouTube Comments' that collates the worst of the website.
Wired postulates that YouTube may ask users to include more information about themselves before posting a comment, getting rid of the anonymous anarchy of the comment chorus.
'Many members use anonymous handles since YouTube, unlike other Google sites, allows people to create distinct accounts,' Wired's Ryan Tate writes.
'As a general rule, people are far less likely to troll under their real name.'
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