YouTube Working On Hiding Comments Section On Android App

Posted: Jun 20 2019, 2:38am CDT | by , in Technology News


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YouTube working on hiding comments section on Android app
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The good thing about it is that you no longer have to keep scrolling.

YouTube appears to be testing a new layout that could wipe out the comment sections on its Android app, according to a report by XDA Developers, a mobile software development community.

The website, which did not disclose the source of the information, said the Google-owned video-sharing platform is planning to add a button that users could tap to reveal the comments instead of just scrolling down as they watch a certain video.

The button reportedly can be found between the dislike and the share button. By pressing the comments button, an overflow window appears, revealing the comments. YouTube developers also created a separate button to close the window, the report said. This way, users no longer have to scroll through a video’s page, past the suggested videos to get to the comments.

XDA Developers said YouTube decided to hide the “Save to watch later” button to make way for the Comments button. However the “Save to watch later” feature can still be accessible when tapping the downward arrow at the bottom right side of the video where you usually click to view the video’s description.

YouTube has yet to make an announcement regarding the change and to explain why it is implementing the change. It could come as a surprise to Android users because in the era of multitasking, it has become a default for most viewers to check out comments while they watch videos.

The comments section has also become an avenue for viewers to interact with each other, sharing different views about a certain topic or artist. However, there is a great amount of trolls and users with bad behavior online who put out hurtful comments, stirring up fights and discouraging YouTube creators with their mean words.

If confirmed, the new YouTube feature could be one of Google’s measures to combat cyber bullying and harassment online. Just days ago, YouTube announced that it is tackling hate speech by removing more hateful and supremacist content from its platform.

The company said it will start “prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.”

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