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Don’t Let YouTube Comments Come Back to Haunt You

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YouTube has just initiated a feature that allows users who leave comments on videos to delete those comments. Now when you put your foot in your mouth, you can take it back out.

"Whether you misspelled ‘pwned’, back in the day when you were just a n00b to the internets, or you simply said something you wish you could take back – now you can remove your commentary at any time," says a post from the YouTube Team.

To remove a comment that you’ve made, go to the "Text Comments" section below the video and click the "Remove" button next to your comment.

Remove YouTube Comments

On the surface, such a feature would almost seem unworthy of discussing, but considering the amount of attention " cyber-bullying " and reputation management are getting these days, it could actually prove to be very important. YouTube is one of the most widely used social networks, and I’m willing to bet there are more than a few things people have said on there that could come back to haunt them.

Facebook has had it right. You can always easily get rid of posts on your wall if you don’t like them or feel that they could hurt your reputation. This kind of thing should become something of a standard for social media. We have seen time and time again people whose lives were affected negatively because of something they said or showed online.

Don’t Let YouTube Comments Come Back to Haunt You


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  • http://DONSCYCLEWARE.COM Don

    Sounds like a good idea. People have a bad habit of posting the wrong thing here and there all over the Internet. They don’t seem to realize that these posts are public most are permanent. They can come back years later to harm them.

    I for one occasionally post something with typos and notice them about one second after they are posted.

  • kyle correia

    i did a search for my name a couple weeks ago and i seen some of my comments some were unpleasant due to the heat of the moment discussion thats cool that i can delete them now hahahah

  • http://399Retouch.com Miles Abernathy

    Only the wisest person never says something that they later wish they could pull back. It’s not possible to retrieve the spoken word (just ask Gov. Blagojevich), but now Google YouTube is making it work for keyboarded comments. Kudos!

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

    no takesy backsies… Oops, i might have misspelled something here.

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