YouTube is working to put an end to trolls and haters, and has started rolling out Google+ Comments to videos across the site.
Starting this week, when you’re watching a video on YouTube, you’ll see comments sorted by people you care about first. If you post videos on your channel, you also have more tools to moderate welcome and unwelcome conversations. This way, YouTube comments will become conversations that matter to you.
Back in September, the video site announced Google+ Comments had begun rolling out to channels, and would hit videos later in the year.
Here’s what users can expect:
- Comments you care about move to the top: You’ll see posts at the top of the list from the video’s creator, popular personalities, engaged discussions about the video, and people in your Google+ Circles. You can still see the most recent comments by switching from “Top Comments” to “Newest First.”
- Join the conversation publicly or privately: You can choose to start a conversation so that it is seen by everyone, only people in your Circles, or just your bestie. Like Gmail, replies are threaded so you can easily follow conversations.
- Easily moderate comments: If you also post videos on your channel, you’ll have new tools to review comments before they’re posted, block certain words or save time by auto-approving comments from certain fans.
In order to comment, you’ll need to connect your Google+ account if you haven’t already done so, which could be a nuisance for those who never use the social network.
However, YouTube hopes the new commenting system will improve the quality of comments.