YouTube Has A Problem
Let’s face it, YouTube has an ongoing problem that is plaguing both its viewers and content creators. Right now, if you were to go to any top creator’s comment section, you will see it inundated with spam and scam comments. Such an issue has been present on the platform for almost a decade. Additionally, earlier this year we saw Jacksepticeye speaking out against it, and now Marques Brownlee voiced concerns over YouTube spam.
Marques Brownlee Speaks Out:
In his video titled “YouTube Needs to Fix This”, Brownlee opened up about his thoughts on the comment section’s spam and scams, as in recent multiple of his fans have seemingly fallen victim to them. In the video, the YouTuber shared emails from fans with concerns over the scams. Additionally Brownlee also discusses Jacksepticeye’s video. In this video he touches on many of that videos same concerns. Furthermore, Brownlee talks about a few community-driven solution to comment filtering, and calls for YouTube to do more.
Back on March 6th, 2022, Jacksepticeye revealed his opinions on the matter. Since posting his video titled “Youtube has a big problem”, his video has racked up over 2.5 million views. Furthermore, in the wake of Jacksepticeye’s video, a few more creators, such as Moist Critical, have spoken out against the comment issue.
The Origins of Comment Spam:
We first saw this comment spam issue arise between 2013-2014. Ultimately, this resulted in the top creator, PewDiePie, to disabled his comments for a brief period of time. During this time, YouTube was toying with the idea of implementing Google+ integration (Google+ has since been retired by Google). Additionally, the platform was going through some growing pains. Back then, comments were mostly just spam. However, over the years, bad actors have evolved their tactics, and in recent years we have seen the rise of scam comments.
In recent, YouTube has been rather silent on the issue, though it is hard to say they are not at least aware of it, as many of the platforms top creators have been speaking out. The reason why YouTube has not been so keen on fixing it is unclear.
As of the time of this article’s publication, YouTube has yet to proper address the growing matter. If the platform does decide to respond, the #DramaAlert news team will update this article.