Google is rolling out some new tools to battle YouTube trolls.
The change is certainly needed, as anyone who reads the comments section on the video site knows.
YouTube has launched a beta feature to allow channel owners to hold potentially inappropriate comments for review.
“If you choose to opt-in, comments identified by our algorithm will be held and you have the final decision whether to approve, hide, or report these comments,” YouTube product manager Courtney Lessard said in a blog post.
“We recognize that the algorithms will not always be accurate: the beta feature may hold some comments you deem fine for approval, or may not catch comments you’d like to hold and remove. When you review comments, the system will take that feedback into account and get better at identifying the types of comments to hold for review.”
Those wishing to give the new system a try can submit their channel information here.
Other new features for YouTube creators include pinned comments and creator hearts.
Pinned comments enable the channel owner to promote a specific comment by pinning it to the top of their feed. This permits creators to shine a spotlight on “great engagement from your fans” or to share information with their audience.
Creator hearts give channel owners a way to “show some love” to commenters. Now, creators can give a heart to their favorite comments.
Creator usernames will also get a burst of color. Now, when a channel owner comments on his or her own channel, the username will appear under the text “with a pop of color around it,” enabling viewers to easily tell that the comment is coming from the owner. Verified creators will still have a verification checkmark appear beside their name.