YouTube comments section has a very bad reputation and is known for its generally low quality and awfulness. It is also been called worst on the internet and contains a reflection of YouTube’s overall toxic culture. The comments section usually converted into a war zone or become a wild west. It could prove fatal for your mental health. So instead of you reading the flood of positive or negative comments, the company is working on a new feature that would hide comments by default.
Currently, YouTube’s comments don’t have a clear place on the mobile apps, or on both iOS and Android devices. The YouTube video itself appears at the top of the screen, followed by some engagement buttons for sharing, liking, disliking, downloading and saving the video. Underneath are the recommendations from the search giant’s algorithm in a section titled “Up Next.” If you really wanted to visit the comments sections, you have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
However, in the tests, the comments have been removed from the bottom section of the page completely. And they have been relocated to a new section that users can only view after clicking a button. The new comments button is placed between the Thumbs Down and Share buttons, right below the video.
It is not confirmed yet whether this new default setting will reduce or increase user engagement with comments, or if the interaction remains flat. On one side, comments are hidden unless the user manually taps on the button to reveal them, users won’t see them just by scrolling. On the other hand, putting the comments button behind a click at the top side of the page instead of forcing users to scroll could make them easier to access.
As per the reports of XDA developers, when you loaded up this new comment section you could then refresh the page to see the newly added comments appear. If you want to exit you have to tap the “X” button at the top of the window to close the section. Some speculations also point out that this new feature will appear on the iOS devices and not just in a limited or particular region.
The change comes at the time when the company discovered that the comments section has become home to bullying, abuse, arguments, and other unhelpful content, but also a tool that was exploited by pedophiles. Moreover, a network of pedophiles was communicating through comments and timestamps with one another.
The company then reacted by disabling comments on videos with kids. Too, they are considering moving kids content to a separate app. A YouTube spokesperson confirmed the test in a statement.