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How to filter or disable video comments

So you’ve made a channel and published your content, but what do you do when trolls attack? If you decide you want to disable comments, you can do this on either select videos, or as a blanket action across your entire channel. This is currently only possible to do from Desktop.

To disable comments for a single video:

  • Log in and click your channel icon at the top right of the page
  • Select Creator Studio
  • Open the Video Manager dropdown in the sidebar
  • Navigate to the video you wish to disable comments for and select either Edit, or Info and Settings from the drop down menu next to the video
  • Open the Advanced Settings tab just below the thumbnails and untick the Allow Comments box

If you would rather not disable comments completely, there are two additional options below this tickbox that allow you to either sort comments to show highest rated, rather than newest, or to only show comments that have been approved by you.

To disable comments on all new videos by default:

  • Log in and click your channel icon at the top right of the page
  • Select Creator Studio
  • Open the Community tab in the sidebar
  • Select Community Settings
  • Below the filters and highlights tab, there is a section entitled Default Settings. Simply select Disable Comments
  • Click Save

Generally speaking, it is advisable not to disable comments on your videos as this not only cuts off a vital line of contact between you and your audience, but can also make your channel appear untrustworthy.

Alternatively, you can disable discussion across your entire channel.


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