YouTube has been having a tough time with spammers lately. Earlier this year a big bunch of big creators like MKBHD made video highlighting the seemingly endless hordes of bad actors swarming their channels who reply to other scams. YouTube has been responding to these complaints and now announced a few new changes to try and stem the tide.
There are three new politics first channel will no longer be able to hide their subscribers count a move often used by spammers to help themselves. This is because checking a channel is subscribers count is a quick way to verify that they are who they say they are.
Second YouTube is limiting the type and frequency of special characters that can be used in channel names. This another common spammer sometimes used in coordination with hidden subscriber counts. Reducing the frequency of special character reduces the options they have to do so.
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Third YouTube is expanding access to an enhanced comments moderation setting it began testing earlier this year. It is a small number of relatively small changes, but it is good that video sharing platform is still working to improve the issue. The company now says all creators can toggle the increase strictness setting in the held for review tab in the platform is moderation tools.
YouTube says this will cut down on the number of comments though with striker filters there is always a risk that there will be an increase in false positive too.