The Dumbest Comments Section In The World Just Removed Anonymity

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It’s a well know fact that all the least intelligent people on the face of this earth spend the majority of their time commenting on YouTube videos. Like moth’s to a flame, the lowest common denominator of humans have an unfed desire to prove their idiocy on the most popular video sharing platform on the planet. You’re amongst a select few if you haven’t read things on there that have made you question the future of mankind and your own will to be a part of it.

For its eight years of existence, the comments section of YouTube has gained international recognition and proven that sometimes the general public’s response to a stimuli can be far more entertaining than the stimuli itself. Whether it be trolls taking advantage of the naive, people who never attended a single English class or just Bill from Kentucky who genuinely believes Europe is a country, there’s hours of cringeworthy fun to be had browsing through the little snippets of text you find on YouTube. This massive trend was spawned thanks to the anonymity of the platform, which didn’t require users to have any attachment to an external social media platform. There was no face to a name, thus the gates of the lawless realm were opened and the keyboard warriors left to run free.

That is until now.

The comments section of YouTube now requires users to possess a legitimate Google+ account (do people actually use Google+ anymore?) to converse on the multi-billion dollar video platform. Before you gasp, realistically, this huge step for the site is progressive and expected. Just like many other major online platforms, linking to social media accounts is a surefire way to monitor and regulate the level of anarchy that can unfold in the user-interactive facets of a website, namely the comments section. Furthermore, many remember three years ago when YouTube was successful sued by one such model and forced to reveal the identities of individuals who called her a whore. To prevent this from becoming a regular occurrence, updates like the integration of Google+ were inevitable.

Alas, the general public – or at least the YouTube generation – are pretty damn pissed about the changes. There’s already a Change.org petition (they rarely work out in instances like this, and here’s proof) and a swarm of angry comments on the video introduction to the new system that YouTube posted a few days ago. None of this will make the mega-corporation back down, but where there’s a will there’s a way, so it’s no surprise there’s been a massive spike in fake Google+ accounts. Let the war continue.

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