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Wondering if YouTube’s new moderation features can save you time?

YouTube has made it easier to weed out irrelevant, inappropriate, or offensive comments so you can spend time engaging with the people who matter most.

In this article, you’ll discover how to use YouTube’s comment moderation tools.

How to Better Moderate Your YouTube Comments by Ana Gotter on Social Media Examiner.

How to Better Moderate Your YouTube Comments by Ana Gotter on Social Media Examiner.

#1: Add Comment Moderators to Your Channel

YouTube allows you to add comment moderators to your channel. You can invite everyone from your assistant to a social media practitioner to help you weed through the comment sections on your videos. If you’re too busy to keep up with the moderation yourself (or if you just don’t want to), this is a great option.

When moderators remove a comment, it will be held for review but not deleted. You have to remove or approve the comment yourself to take permanent action.

Adding comment moderators to your YouTube channel is quick and easy. To start, go to your Creator Studio and click on the Community tab.

You can add moderators to your YouTube channel through the Community tab.

You can add moderators to your YouTube channel through the Community tab.

Next click on the Community Settings tab.

YouTube comment moderators can flag potentially problematic comments for your review.

YouTube comment moderators can flag potentially problematic comments for your review.

The Moderators box is the first thing you’ll see on the page. Enter the YouTube channel URL of the user who will be your new moderator.

All you need to add YouTube moderators is their channel URL.

All you need to add YouTube moderators is their channel URL.

Any moderators you have will be displayed here. If you ever want to remove their moderation abilities, click the X next to their name.

#2: Edit Moderation Settings

Whether you use a comment moderator or handle comments yourself, taking time to customize your moderation settings and automated filters can make everyone’s job a little easier. You can do this under the same tab where you add moderators (in Community Settings under the Community tab).

The ability to block comments with certain words is one of YouTube's best moderation features for channels.

The ability to block comments with certain words is one of YouTube’s best moderation features for channels.

On the Community Settings page, you can:

  • Approve users so their comments will automatically be approved.
  • View your hidden users. Comments from hidden users will never show up on your channel. You can hide users directly from their comments on your videos.
  • Block words. Any comments with blocked words (including live chats) will automatically be held for review. This is one of YouTube’s best automated filters.

Below this section, decide if you want your comments to be approved automatically upon submission or held for review until approval. You can also disable all comments for all videos here.

You can allow all comments upon submission or choose to hold them for review depending on your YouTube moderation preferences.

You can allow all comments upon submission or choose to hold them for review depending on your YouTube moderation preferences.

Small- and medium-sized businesses with a moderate amount of traffic typically do well with the following settings:

  • Automatic approval
  • Utilizing certain blocked words (especially those associated with spam)
  • Hiding troublesome users

#3: Moderate Comments

You can delete comments and hide users right from their action post on your video. To do this, click on the dots icon on the right side of the person’s comment and choose an action.

You can moderate individual YouTube comments directly from the comment on the video itself.

You can moderate individual YouTube comments directly from the comment on the video itself.

It’s often more practical, however, to moderate comments from Creator Studio. When you click on the Community tab, you’ll see the Comments section first. It shows all of the comments on your channel’s videos for quicker moderation.

The Community section in YouTube Creator Studio consolidates comments from all of your videos for easy review and monitoring.

The Community section in YouTube Creator Studio consolidates comments from all of your videos for easy review and monitoring.

In the Published Comments section, you’ll see the most recent comments first. You can hide users, automatically approve them, and make them moderators. You’ll also see options to delete comments and report them as spam. If you’re looking for particular user comments to approve or reject, you can search for them.

You can easily approve or hide users from the Comments section in YouTube Creator Studio.

You can easily approve or hide users from the Comments section in YouTube Creator Studio.

If you have any comments for review or comments that are likely to be spam, they’ll be sectioned off for your review. Try to get to these as soon as possible.

Also check for YouTube comments on the Held for Review and Likely Spam tabs.

Also check for YouTube comments on the Held for Review and Likely Spam tabs.

#4: Disable Comments

If you want to disable comments on your YouTube videos entirely, it is possible. But when you do this, you’ll miss out on the chance for positive comments, too. Typically, it’s more beneficial to leave comments enabled and just moderate them, unless you’re posting sensitive or controversial material.

If you decide to disable comments on one of your videos, navigate to the video through Creator Studio and click Edit next to it.

You can easily disable comments on individual YouTube videos.

You can easily disable comments on individual YouTube videos.

On the Advanced Settings tab, uncheck the Allow Comments box to disable comments for the video. In addition to disabling comments, you can also decide how you want your comments to be displayed and if you want only approved comments to show up on your YouTube videos.

You can also customize how comments will appear on your YouTube channel if you do choose to allow them.

You can also customize how comments will appear on your YouTube channel if you do choose to allow them.

What Moderators Should Watch For

When you’re moderating comments on your YouTube videos, make sure you’re moderating the right thing. This doesn’t mean deleting comments coming from anyone who disagrees with you. If other users catch on, they may not view your business as transparent.

There are some types of comments that you should flag and delete immediately, however. These include:

Comments that are completely irrelevant. If your video is teaching users how to bungee jump and someone leaves a comment about wanting to go to a tea party, you’re officially allowed to delete it.

Spam. Unfortunately, spam bots have gotten smarter and comments pop up all over trying to get users to click on their links. It’s important to moderate these comments because not only do they look bad on your channel, but they also could potentially send users to sites that install malware or viruses on their computers.

Keep an eye out for YouTube comments that are irrelevant, inappropriate, offensive, or that contain spam.

Keep an eye out for YouTube comments that are irrelevant, inappropriate, offensive, or that contain spam.

Offensive or inflammatory content. This can include personal attacks, harmful stereotypes, inappropriate imagery or language, and straight-up hate speech. A children’s after-school program, for example, could lose customers if comments on their channel are laden with curse words. If this type of content pops up on your business’s page, quickly nip it in the bud.

Final Thoughts

Businesses typically go out of their way (even running entire campaigns) to increase engagement on their social media content, including on their YouTube videos. Every now and then, though, YouTube videos end up with comments that are irrelevant, inappropriate, or offensive.

If the comments on your YouTube videos are full of spam or read like gibberish, other users will notice and it will lower the perceived quality of your channel overall. Since all engagement isn’t necessarily good engagement, knowing how to use YouTube’s comment moderation tools will come in handy.

Whether you recruit (or hire) someone to manage the comments or manage them yourself, knowing when and how to weed out comments will work to the benefit of your business.

What do you think? Will you hire someone to moderate comments on your YouTube channel? Do you moderate comments carefully now? Share your thoughts, knowledge, and experience in the comments below!

How to Better Moderate Your YouTube Comments by Ana Gotter on Social Media Examiner.

How to Better Moderate Your YouTube Comments by Ana Gotter on Social Media Examiner.

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