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YouTube to launch comment topics so you can skip the boring stuff

I’m a simple woman: I see YouTube is letting me filter out annoying, tired jokes and I click.

YouTube announced Saturday that it is working on a feature dubbed ‘comment topics’ that will allow viewers to filter comments using popular phrases.

Say you’re watching a popular vlogger visit your hometown and you want to see what people are saying about it. Just above the comments section will be a list of popular phrases used in the comments — all you have to do is click on your town’s name and browse away.

If you hate-watch YouTubers, though, the feature may not give you what you’re looking for: creators will have the ability to delete specific topics or disable the feature entirely.

That means that the topics may not instantly alert you that many are calling a video clickbait, or if anyone else thinks a prank was a step too far.

If you hate-watch YouTubers, though, the feature may not give you what you’re looking for

YouTube is also updating the Creator Studio (soon to be known as YouTube Studio). The company says the design will be “refined,” and that a few unspecified features that creators have been asking for will be added.

These features appear to be better security, in-line editing, and smart filtering. YouTube Studio will also include a “smart inbox” that will provide creators with suggestions on engaging with fans and collaborating with other creators.

The company is asking for creators to sign up for the beta version to let it know how it can be improved.

Finally, it has added 17 new countries to the list of those who can use Super Chat in their livestreams. This feature allows viewers to pay for “highlighted comments that stand out from the crowd.” It is not yet available in South Africa.

Author | Julia Breakey

Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch). More

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