Long term users of YouTube will know that its commenting system has always been home to some of the most unpleasant, purile and single-braincelled comments in the universe.
But what it didn’t have much of a problem with was link spam. That’s because Google – who own YouTube – prevented commenters from leaving messages which included clickable links. Life was just that little bit trickier for those trying to peddle phishing scams or direct web traffic to malicious sites.
All changed, however, when Google revamped YouTube’s comments system at the start of this month – throwing out the old comments system, and replacing it with a set-up that required users to post their feedback on videos via a Google+ account.
Google presented this as a way of getting higher quality feedback, because users would have to use “real” names, but you can’t help but suspect that the company’s motivation may also have been to promote usage of its social network.
There’s an obvious drawback though. Google+ allows you to post links. Which means, it’s easier than ever for spammers, make-money-fast-scammers and malware-spreaders to get airtime for their dangerous or irritating links.
Read the full article: YouTube comment spam on the rise. Google tries to fight back.