YouTube Empowers Creators with New Comment Moderation Feature2 min read
YouTube is delving into the world of enhanced comment moderation, granting content creators an unprecedented ability to manage and control the discourse surrounding their videos. This innovative option allows them to selectively disable future comments on specific videos while preserving existing comments, offering a more versatile approach to handling discussions.
As of now, YouTube users have two options when it comes to managing comments: they can either completely shut down comments at both the channel and individual video levels or accept all comments, including potentially unsavory or unwarranted ones. Although there is an option to hold comments for review, there has been no straightforward method to halt comments beyond that point.
Enter the “Pause” feature, a new comment moderation setting that is poised to be a game-changer. This feature, currently under testing by YouTube, equips creators with the power to prevent new comments from appearing on a video while safeguarding the comments that were already posted. It is designed to strike a balance between fostering discussions and exercising control over the conversation.
Creators participating in this experimental phase will encounter the “Pause” option in their video-level comment settings. It can be accessed through the gear icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the comments panel, both in the YouTube app’s watch page and YouTube Studio, ensuring accessibility for both desktop and mobile users.
The process is remarkably straightforward. By activating the “Pause” setting, creators ensure that no new comments can be added. Viewers will be greeted with a courteous “Comments are paused” notification in the comment section, while still retaining the ability to peruse the existing comments. Creators will now have three categories in their comment control settings: “On,” “Pause,” and “Off,” each offering nuanced levels of comment moderation.
This advancement is particularly valuable in situations where a creator’s content garners unwanted attention due to current events, coordinated attacks, or unforeseen circumstances. YouTube is initially introducing this feature to a select group of channels, marking a significant stride toward providing creators with greater control over their YouTube experience.
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