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YouTube Is Now Censoring Comments

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YouTubers have a lot of control over their channels including individual videos.  For example, a video can be for public viewing; it can be unlisted which means it will still be public but will not show up in searches; or it can be private, meaning the user can control who can view it and who cannot.

Comments can be held for moderation, individual commenters can be blocked, so can certain words. There are other options too, but of late, commenters have been advised by the algorithm against using certain words. Here is a very recent example of a comment that I attempted to post on the History Debunked channel.

As can be seen from the database alluded to, the offending word isn’t or wasn’t so offending when it was used, although the song may make you cringe if you play it.

More seriously, one should ask how many comments on a more serious subject are being covertly removed when the algorithm disapproves of them. The big one is of course a C, and no, it isn’t a swear word.

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Kerwas
Kerwas
April 16, 2022

Was never a surprise to me. All what they can do, they WILL do. No questions about that.

Lord Baldric
Lord Baldric
April 16, 2022

The bastards banned me months ago for not following the company line. I hope they sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Bob
Bob
April 16, 2022

It’s not now censoring comments. It’s been censoring comments for ages. I am trying to reply to other comments, yet my comment has been shadowbanned. nothing at all is “wrong” or “naughty” with what I wish to reply. There is nothing offensive or anything whatsoever. It is a perfectly-fine comment, but youtube decides to ghostban me. This happens a lot, and it’s very nearly impossible to either reply to other comments on there or to make my own comments on there. I made a forum which others are welcome to use, if they wish. I hope it to be free… Read more »

Orion
Orion
April 16, 2022

YouTube is google owned and therefore part of IT big tech, and as such is an arm of the US government to be used for its own propaganda purposes. Free speech is most certainly not allowed. Following their guidelines means going along with whatever the US establishment wants to feed the sheeple.

Helga Fellay
Helga Fellay
Reply to  Orion
April 17, 2022

I watched a video on YT from Saudi Arabia making fun of Biden. Look for it, it’s hilarious. It shows that the Dem (and their loyal followers in MSM and Big Tech have written Biden off, or that he no longer matters as everyone knows by now that he is not the one in charge anyhow.

Brokenspine66
Brokenspine66
April 17, 2022

NOW? They censoring comments for a very long time. I can’t even count how many comments of mine are disappeared regulary AKA censored on YT and you can guess on what kind of topics. YT = Pure Orwellian Fascism like on FB + TW.

Last edited 2 months ago by Brokenspine66
Alice
Alice
April 18, 2022

Youtube comments became practically unusable some months ago. All my comments have stopped appearing, independent of the type of language used, the channel and the channel’s assumed comment policy. I can neither post critical nor supportive comments any more. I suspect that there is some new mechanism on Youtube, that isn’t applied on a case-by-case basis, but instead singles out certain user accounts based on some unknown criteria and either makes all comments of these users go straight to moderation independent of their content or just don’t let them get published at all. I think the situation with content censorship… Read more »

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