CBS Hides Unconstructive YouTube Ruffians In The Closet
from the sanitize-the-planet dept
In their continuing effort to make copyright holders happy, YouTube has moved all comments for any CBS-owned video entry to their own page. The article gives the rather thin excuse that the move is being done in order to make it easier for the network to control "profane, unconstructive criticism" and "off-topic political vitriol." However there's no real technical specifics given to support this excuse, making it appear that CBS is simply looking to tuck the opinions of the unwashed masses out of sight. It appears to be an example of yet another traditional media company missing the point of the interactive web - namely the interactive part. Also how constructive or vitriolic a comment is can be subjective, and it will be interesting to see if pointing out how badly a CBS video sucks would fall under the former. This is just part of a larger effort to sanitize YouTube and eliminate any mention of huffing, lock picking, or other "troubling" content that made the predominantly vitriolic and unconstructive public head to YouTube in the first place.