Famous Gamer PewDiePie Turns Off YouTube Comments Due To Spam
Being a celebrity sure does sound cool whether it’s movies, songs or even through the Internet and it really is and being an Internet celebrity even pays well, but with all that comes the usual and expected hatred, insults and so forth. Any person who visits YouTube would know that a pretty significant portion of the comments underneath every video are just spam intended either as insults to the video uploader or other commenters, links to shady websites or links for some other videos in direct competition with the one being commented upon.
Well, it seems the highly famous YouTuber, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has had enough of this. The highly famous Swedish gamer who has more than 30 million subscribers on the website, recently announced that he would be permanently disabling comments on his YouTube videos because of all the spam.
“Comments are my main way to communicate with you bros, but I go to the comments and it’s mainly spam, it’s people self-advertising, it’s people trying to provoke,” he said. “I don’t care about that, I want to see what you bros say, but it gets blocked out. I was hoping YouTube would figure something out, but I’m sick of it. I’m going to turn comments off forever.”
YouTube has recently tried a lot to clean things up in video comments but seems to have failed. Last year, it implemented some new measures in place to keep the spam in check including better moderation tools and a system that moved more popular comments to the top but that had its own drawbacks.
The new system linked the profiles to Google+ which was seen by many as an invasion of privacy. On top of that, spammers simply got more creative, creating explicit ascii art images to clog up comments sections.
So what does this mean for dedicated PewDiePie fans? Well, Felix announced that he will be reconnecting with fans pretty soon through various other platforms such as Twitter and Reddit.
This news certainly will be worrying for YouTube since their poster boy for stardom with his 439 million video views in July 2014 seems to be fed up with the service. Combine that with the recent popularity of Twitch, fans might start expecting PewDiePie to move from YouTube to the live streaming service sometime in the future.
Source: The Guardian