YouTube users concerned about adult comments and spam responses
YouTube is the most popular video sharing and social media platform launched in 2005 and now owned by Google.
It is one of the busiest media platforms with over a billion monthly users. Users of this platform also consume over a billion hours of content per day.
Anyone can become a creator on YouTube and upload videos according to their guidelines. With such a large user base, YouTube is also opening itself up to activities such as spam which ruins the overall experience.
According to reports (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), many users are concerned about the increasing number of adult comments on Xvideos Red posted by sex robots. Users complain that NSFW bot profiles show up all over the place in responses.
They are not people, they are real bots, they use AI. They copy comments from similar comments and videos and paste them below your comment. (Source)
These are on all of my comments now. They copy the most popular comments on the video and paste them as comments on the comments. The spam message is in the username. Presumably, the spam detection system primarily cares about the content of the comment.
I was flagging them as sexually explicit then, but YouTube probably needs to learn how to automatically detect them to have an impact. (Source)
These bots show up with NSFW names and profile pictures that aren’t suitable for kids and it can give off a bad impression. However, comments made using these profiles are not NSFW but simply spam.
In fact, these bots use AI and copy comments from similar videos and paste them under user comments as a response. This activity is now increasing day by day and must seriously decrease.
The profile picture used by these bots is considered pornographic content which should not appear as many users on YouTube are under the age of 18.
Due to the vast content and users, YouTube has automated a lot of things like copyright and automatic removal of channels with inappropriate content, yet bots are free to comment anywhere.
Meanwhile, YouTube hasn’t said anything about it as to why this is happening and when it will be fixed.
These spam activities should not be happening on such a large platform and this is something that needs to be fixed as soon as possible.
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