Watch this: Stephen Colbert attacks YouTube for filtering comments


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(s goog) 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.


Victor Rivera

This program would be awesome if he didn´t constantly remember us non-americans that he is constantly adressing the “nation”.


We, the commenters of YouTube, believe in free speech as strongly as we believe in free videos of animals dressed like other animals. Therefore, we hereby declare: you can make up to 88 dollars an hour working from your house. Click here for one weird tip on how to lose your bellyfat. U R homo. Ron Paul 2012!

Janko Roettgers

Usually we would delete a comment like this, but I’ll leave it up, because that’s the very text that Colbert wanted people to spread in YouTube.

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