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YouTube Introduce New Measures To Curb Online Abuse

The current momentum of empowering users to control their own experiences by major platforms is very encouraging – more of this please!

In a recent move to curb online abuse, YouTube have introduced some innovative new tools for the millions of people who create content on their platform. Comments on video’s can now be managed much more effectively thanks to new features giving the creator the power to protect themselves and their channel subscribers from abusive or offensive comments (if you are affected by online abuse, explore our total access support section to find the right help for you).

New safety updates include the ability to favorite or highlight positive comments, screening comments for abusive comment with a new algorithm, and now, account holders will also be able to appoint moderators, to manage comments on their behalf.

YouTube have tried community based management before with incentives such as ‘You Tube Heroes’ that gave communities the power to manage comments, but came under fire from the YouTube community for promoting mob mentality. This new move takes another approach, giving the power back to the creator of the content, allowing them to take control over what they, and their fans/subscribers are being exposed to.

“Cybersmile are encouraged by the approach that YouTube have taken in tackling the problem of cyberbullying and abuse on their platform. Everyone should have the option to control their own online space and manage what is being shown in their name.”

Dan Raisbeck, Co Founder, The Cybersmile Foundation

The latest move will be popular with YouTubers who reach billions of regular viewers every month and encounter endless comment streams that include serious cases of abuse and hate speech. The new tools will enable them to automatically prioritize trusted contributions over untrusted sources, effectively burying other low quality content and allowing the account holder to focus on highlighting good positive feedback. Well done YouTube!

If you are affected by any kind of hate speech or online negativity check out our cyberbullying and online abuse help center or explore our total access support options to see how we can help you most effectively. For further information about Cybersmile and the work we do, please explore the following recommendations.

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