How do I stop spam comments on YouTube?
With over a billion users spread across the world. YouTube is one of the biggest online streaming platforms. It allows users to watch videos and even download them on their devices (in the app only).
Genre ranging from cooking recipes, travel vlogs, unboxing, sports, series, and what not!. You can create your own YouTube channel and upload your videos. You can check blogs on our website on how to create a YouTube channel.
However, if you are a regular user of the platform and you have a habit of reading comments on YouTube videos or live streams, you May have certainly noticed a repetitive pattern. Along with childish insults, lame jokes, or abuses, and questionable viewpoints, there exists a pattern in the comment section.
Most of these comments revolve around the topics such as, how to find a job, looking for a date? paid courses, apps, discord, community links, etc. So basically these types of repetitive spam comments are the work of YouTube Spam bots.
So above lines raise queries like:
What are Spam comments?
Spam is content and correspondences which give a negative experience by making it difficult to find more relative and substantive material. Basically, bulk messages on videos and live streams. For example:
You are live streaming on YouTube and fortunately; you have a pretty good number of live viewers on your stream and you are trying to have an interactive session with your viewers by reading their comments. Now you see repetitive same content comments, some external links, abuses, lame humor, resulting in pushing your genuine comments so fast that you cannot read one!
What is a Spambot?
A Youtube Spambot is a computer program that is made to create spam comments on Youtube videos. Most of these spambots consist of a Python script and easy-to-use software products that can be used by anyone to create spam comments.
But the question is…
Why are spam bots even created?
They are created to get your attention and make you perform a particular action online.
It is irritating for users and it brings zero value to the platform, but someone intentionally does it all the time. In many cases, bots are used to automate spam comments on high-traffic accounts.
These accounts often look real. To avoid being flagged as spam, bots mimic human behavior by posting images to their accounts, liking posts, and making connections with other users.
According to Digital information world, millions of accounts on YouTube are fake, it’s becoming a serious security and data protection issue for YouTube.
Bot accounts usually have thousands of followers while the number of posts is ridiculously small. That indicates that the account is most likely not real unless it belongs to a celebrity.
Accounts with many followers and a few posts belong to bot networks that follow each other’s profiles to fool users and make them believe accounts are real.
People operating the bots have one aim ‘to grab your attention’.
How do I stop spam comments on YouTube?
Youtube itself is engaged in solving this problem of spam comments. However the primary solution to spam comments is to encourage users to report them.
Spam comments are particularly more problematic for creators as they discourage real users from commenting on videos. It can even harm the reputation of the creator’s videos.
You can stop a lot of spam bots from the community page, which is given in your ‘YouTube Studio’ section, under the ‘settings’ option.
How to block spam comments from your channel?
Using the ‘Automated filters’ section given on the ‘Community page’ of your YouTube channel’s ‘Settings’, you can block any comment that includes a link. This will remove most bots as it blocks anyone trying to advertise anything.
You are also provided with a ‘blocked word list’. This allows you to create a list of words as it will block any comment that includes the words given by you automatically.
Although there is very little that viewers can do technically to stop YouTube spam comments. However, if you ever notice any harmful spam comments, you can easily report them.
For this, you just need to click on the three vertical dots given next to the particular comment and select ‘Report’. You can even provide a reason for its report and removal. However it is necessary for multiple people to report bot accounts to get them blocked.
So, if you see these types of comments again? You know what to do.
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