YouTube wants users to be more polite


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  • Thursday, 08 Oct 2020

YouTube is testing a feature which prompts users to reconsider and rephrase potentially offensive comments. — Reuters

YouTube is trying to be the angel on your shoulder, testing a feature that would ask users to think twice before posting rude comments.

In a post on its support page, Google said the reminder would pop up before users post a potentially offensive comment, giving them a moment to reflect on it and revise the phrasing before posting.

It added that the feature was meant to encourage respectful interactions between users.

Users would still be able to post the original comment if they decided not to rephrase it.

Google noted that the feature wasn’t foolproof in being able to trigger a reminder for all potentially offensive comments, however comments that did violate Community Guidelines would still be removed.

YouTube Community Guidelines aim to curb content including spam and deceptive practices like fake engagement and impersonation; sensitive content like child endangerment, sexual content or self injury; plus harmful content like cyberbullying and hate speech.

The reminder feature was currently in limited beta, with only participating users able to see it.

“We'll continue to adjust if and how the reminder is shown pending experiment results,” it concluded.

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