This is fun: Stephen Colbert attacked YouTube for adding advanced comment moderation features on his show Wednesday night, calling it an “unprecedented attack on free speech” and asking his viewers to retaliate by adding a spammy comment to every YouTube video they come across.
Check out the entire segment below:
The folks at Google don’t seem to be too bothered about the spam attack. Chief Google+ Architect Yonatan Zunger posted a tounge-in-cheek reply to Colbert on Google+ Thursday morning, which read in part:
“I’m sorry, Mr. Colbert, but I can’t quite hear you over the sound of our spam filters.”
Zunger went on to say that filtering out comments from Colbert viewers wasn’t much of a challenge for his team:
” This particular post was a large number of text-identical copies of a post with a link to an unsubtle spam site in it, so let’s just say that it was slightly less ambiguous than normal. :)”
YouTube added additional ways to filter and moderate comments earlier this week, allowing video uploaders to filter certain words or ban individual viewers from commenting on their videos.