I wondered how this would play out. Frequent YouTubers love to leave pithy, nasty comments on videos, which appear right underneath the clip. Across the board, these comments have been unmoderated (although filtered for spam). That is, until now. As part of CBS’ deal with YouTube, the comments on the network’s clips are not only moderated, but they now appear on a separate page to distance them from the clips (see this clip compared to this clip for an example). CBS Interactive chief Quincy Smith says they only remove comments that are “profane, unconstructive criticism,” and off-topic political vitriol. While I may be convinced that the vetting is OK — depending on how they define “unconstructive criticism” — the fact that they’ve moved the comments to another page only serves to limit the conversation.
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