February 3, 2023

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YouTube warns comment spammers if they break the rules

According to a post signed by “Rob” at TeamYouTube, YouTube will start warning users if it’s spotted and their comments are removed for violating company policies. Major creators have increased awareness of commenting on spam on the platform, and this change and other updates shared Tuesday could help reduce spam volumes.

If the user continues to post abusive comments, YouTube may ban them from further posting for up to 24 hours. “Our testing has shown that these warnings/timeouts reduce the likelihood of users leaving hurtful comments again,” Rob writes in the post. The notification is only available for English comments for now, “but we hope to expand it to other languages ​​in the coming months,” says Rob. The company has also improved its ability to detect spam in comments as well as bots in live chats.

Creators like Linus Tech Tips, Jacksepticeye, and MKBHD have all made videos about comment spam this year. The spam itself takes many different forms, but you may see waves of copied comments, comments posing as great creators, or scams for things like Robux. In response, YouTube has introduced a way to increase the strictness of its comment moderation and is cracking down on tricks people use to impersonate creators, and is now also adding a warning for spammers.