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YouTube is testing a comments button, but what does it actually do?

YouTube comments can often be toxic, but the company is now testing hidden comments by default.
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June 20, 2019
The YouTube logo.

One of the worst things about YouTube (and quite a few websites in general) is arguably the comments section, owing to the sheer number of vitriolic comments on many videos. But the video-sharing website is reportedly testing a rather interesting design tweak.

XDA-Developers reports that YouTube is testing hidden comments by default on the Android app. In other words, scrolling down won’t reveal comments at all. You’ll now need to tap a new “comments” button to manually load comments below the video.

It’s also worth noting that the save/watch later button has been moved in order to make way for the new button. You’ll now need to expand the video description to gain access to the old button. Check out XDA’s screenshots below.

It’s unclear whether this change occurred due to the nature of YouTube comments or if the team is simply testing it as a UI-related tweak. Either way, hiding these comments doesn’t quite address the issue of toxic users in the first place.

XDA reports that the tweak is being tested in India, but there doesn’t seem to be widespread confirmation that it’s available in other countries just yet. Have you received the button? Let us know in the comments!

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