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YouTube acknowledges spam issues with Google+ comments, says fixes are coming

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YouTube's new Google+ comment system has its fair share of detractors — including one of the company's own co-founders. But YouTube seems to think the change is working out for the better. "New features like threaded conversations and formatted comments are coming to life," reads a new post from the YouTube comments team. And while the team doesn't address the controversy of requiring Google+ head on, it does admit that the new comment setup has brought on an influx of spam. "While the new system dealt with many spam issues that had plagued YouTube comments in the past, it also introduced new opportunities for abuse and shortly after the launch, we saw some users taking advantage of them."

To help fix this, YouTube says it has already rolled out some updates that should prevent some spam comments. But it's also promising that other improvements are on the way, including one oft-requested feature: bulk moderation. YouTube plans to release tools for moderating numerous comments "soon," and says it is also "working on improving comment ranking and moderation of old-style comments." So while it doesn't appear that the company will be retreating from the new comment system anytime soon, YouTube clearly seems determined to make the change worthwhile for video creators and commenters alike.