YouTube Cracks Down On Scammers’ Phishing Tricks
Lately, YouTube has had its fair share of bad times at the hands of spammers. Earlier in the year, a group of top creators like MKBHD and Jacksepticeye created videos highlighting the endless thumbprints of spammers heating up their channels. These spammers began responding to other commenters, delivering bogus gifts and other fraud letters. YouTube has been drowning in a lot of these complaints and has announced some new changes that come close enough to stem the tide.
In an effort to address this issue, YouTube has released three new policies regarding this. First, the platform’s channels can no longer hide the number of subscribers, a move often used by spammers to disguise themselves. This is because checking the number of subscribers to a channel can help quickly verify your identity (also known as Big Name Content Creator X).
Second, YouTube places a limit on the type and frequency of special characters a channel name can take. This has been recognized as a common tactic by spammers and is sometimes used in conjunction with hidden subscriber numbers. Essentially, spammers use special characters to create descriptive names to make the channel appear legitimate. For example, calling your channel “¥ouⓉube” in an attempt to mimic the official YouTube account. Reducing how often these special characters are used also reduces the options for them to do so.
Third, YouTube is expanding access to improved comment moderation settings. Reports say that at the beginning of the year, these configurations were in the testing phase. The company now says that all content creators can toggle the Increase Stringency setting on the Pending Review tab in the platform’s moderation tools. Doing this automatically reduces the frequency of spam/scam comments, but with stricter filters, there is always a risk of increased false positives as well.
While there are a small number of new policies being implemented on YouTube that may appear to make relatively small changes, it’s good to know that YouTube is aware of creators’ efforts and is still working to improve this issue.
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