YouTube has set up a new plan to stop some of the abuse that creators and other users are getting. They've come up with a novel solution: get the community involved in moderating the content. It has launched a new program called "YouTube Heroes" which will reward people for reporting negative comments, answering forum questions, and writing accurate subtitles.
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These so-called Heroes don't really have any direct power. Instead, they will just be able to report people. YouTube employees are still the ones that have to remove the bad comments and approve good subtitles.
YouTube's idea is actually smart - once it receives reports of bad comments, it can remove them. It might actually encourage people to go out and do something instead of trolling on the internet. It will also create a community on the website, which could change the tone.
The thing is, anyone can already report a bad comment - this essential gives it a title and brings more attention to that fact.
There are different rewards that people can get for becoming a Hero and making positive contributions. The first is that they can attend "exclusive workshops" and video chats and they can test out pre-release YouTube products. This will take a lot of work.
If it is something that will interest you, you can sign-up here. However, if you've ever been reported before, you might not pass the test.