YouTube has just released an update on its Help page covering comment spam and impersonation on the platform.
They mention that the updates are part of their ongoing work and are committed to continuously evolving their strategies to combat spam detection and reduction.
Here are the updates on the platform:
- No longer allowing channels to ‘hide’ subscriber counts – this is to make it harder for people to impersonate other creators and will be effective July 29, 2022.
- Limiting the type and/or frequency of special characters in channel names – Some characters can be used to impersonate channels. An example of this is something like “¥ouⓉube✅”
- Improved creator comment moderation setting in YouTube Studio – all creators can now use the new comment moderation setting to ‘increase strictness’ in the ‘Held for review’ tab.
The announcement closes with, “We’ll monitor the comments below for questions and feedback, and we’ll keep you posted on our ongoing efforts to continue reducing impersonation and spam (in comments and beyond) on our platform.”
If you’re interested to read the full announcement, click here.