YouTube Users, Angry Over Changes, Petition Google For Comments Section

November 12, 2013  |  

YouTube users are unhappy.

Earlier this year, Google restructured the comments section of YouTube, integrating it with its Google+ social network, reports The Los Angeles Times. But it seems to have been a bad move as more than 47,000 people are now petitioning YouTube to revert the comments section to its original form.

The petition is being hosted on Change.org and it charges that Google is forcing users into creating accounts for a social network they don’t want in order to use the new comments section. Also with the change, users can no longer post comments anonymously, the petition says.

“They have completely RUINED a great thing. Comments were the number one reason why I checked my YouTube account daily. Now that desire is gone,” says the top comment posted in response to the petition on Change.org, reports The Times. (That comment, which has received nearly 900 “‘likes,” seems to have been posted under the alias “James Gandolfini,” the late star of the hit HBO series The Sopranos.)

Google debuted the new YouTube comments section in September as a way to cut down the amount of hateful comments left by users, who often posted anonymously.

“The new comments section was also designed to display comments that would be relevant to every individual user. Rather than simply display the last comment left as YouTube previously did, the new comments section emphasizes comments left by users’ friends, the creators of videos, celebrities or comments left by others that have received a lot of interaction,” reports the newspaper.

According to Change.org, the YouTube petition is currently the most active one on its website where it was posted on last Thursday. This is one of several other petitions on Change.org asking  YouTube to change back its comments section.

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