(May 25, 2012) YouTube’s lack of username spam reporting is resulting in tens of thousands of spam videos appearing on YouTube, with most going undetected for years, if ever. The result is irrelevant searches on the service that allow spammers to thrive.
If you go to YouTube and type in “Online Dating” then sort the results by “Upload Date”, chances are you will be inundated with nothing but SPAM videos being uploaded by bots. YouTube is contributing to this problem by not allowing usernames to be reported for mass spamming. Here are some username examples of online dating spammers that have been on YouTube for more than a year. Keep in mind that these are just a few examples of hundreds:
While creating this news story, we did a search for “online dating” and sorted the results by “Upload Date”. Below is a screen grab we did of the first nine results that appeared (we’d show more, but our monitor couldn’t fit more in the screen grab). Out of the 20 search results shown, the first 17 were all spam. Here’s an image:
YouTube not only prevents people from reporting a username for mass spam, but if you start flagging their spam videos one by one, after the third video YouTube forces you to start filling out a CAPTCHA form, thus insuring that you stop reporting spam videos. YouTube’s lack of interest in combating spam is making the service less user-friendly and opening the doors for other video sites/services that put more of an emphasis on spam prevention and allow users to interact with staff to combat the problem.