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YouTube's fullscreen comments section is here to ruin everyone's day

YouTube's fullscreen comments section is here to ruin everyone's day

The YouTube comments section often is a special kind of hell spewing toxicity, and Google's half-hearted attempts to make it a more pleasant place aren't helping much. Following a recent redesign of how comments are displayed in the Android app, Google has now silently added the option to read them in fullscreen mode, too — the one place previously safe from having to interact with your fellow internet users.

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YouTube now lets you translate comments instantly (at your own risk)

YouTube now lets you translate comments instantly (at your own risk)

The internet contains many a rabbit hole you can fall into and there is no shortage of them on YouTube. So, if you find yourself sitting through clip after clip from a Japanese restaurant vlogger and are wondering what the comments are saying — you can only presume they're generally nicer than on certain other videos — you can now translate them without having to leave the page!

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A controversial Gmail feature is jumping over to Google Docs

A controversial Gmail feature is jumping over to Google Docs

Google introduced Smart Reply to Gmail way back in 2017, and in the years since, it's spread to even more of the company's apps. Hell, it's even stopped users from getting Rickrolled in text messages — an infinitely helpful tool, if you ask me. Google Docs is next on the list for Smart Reply, with automatic replies to suggestions and comments coming to all of your team projects just in time for a new school semester.

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Let Google finish your sentences when commenting on Slides and Sheets

Let Google finish your sentences when commenting on Slides and Sheets

Smart Compose is pretty wild. The feature routinely manages to accurately predict words when writing in Docs or Gmail, and now, the predictive algorithm is making its way into your comments on Sheets, Slides, and Drawings.

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YouTube is trying to make comments better no wait really please come back

YouTube is trying to make comments better no wait really please come back

Internet comment sections can be fertile grounds for flourishing conversations or a powder keg of vileness. For many sites including YouTube, managers may push reminders for writers to be civil, hide the sections away, or not have them entirely. Now, the Google-owned social video platform is giving some creators the ability to implement rules in their comment sections as part of a pilot program.

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YouTube timed comments beta now appearing on more videos

YouTube timed comments beta now appearing on more videos

The other day I watched a YouTube video of a man throwing a grenade into an ATM, "for science." It's the kind of mindless fluff that's perfect for YouTube, but it did have quite a lot of buildup when all I wanted to see was a grey box go boom. A new feature might help you find the good part of any video, if you can stomach reading the comments section.

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Google Sheets is making it even easier to collaborate

Google Sheets is making it even easier to collaborate

Google's office suite is among the best when it comes to collaboration, but there are always things that can be improved. As such, Google Sheets is in for a new commenting and discussion interface that lives in a sidebar of its own, complete with filters and search tools.

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YouTube is testing a bunch of comment section design tweaks

YouTube is testing a bunch of comment section design tweaks

The YouTube app introduced an easily accessible comment section revamp in April 2020, but it looks like the company isn't happy with the current design anymore. YouTube is testing a few new looks for the collapsed comment section in the Android app, and some variations even allow you to post your thoughts without having to enter the comment section first.

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YouTube to gently suggest commenters not say vile crap

YouTube to gently suggest commenters not say vile crap

Perhaps the single most toxic and disgusting part of the internet is YouTube's comments sections, which are frequently filled with outright ignorant, vile, and reprehensible remarks. If the internet had a "worst of" section, YouTube comments would be it. Google has been making efforts to improve the quality of discussion on its platform (likely a fool's errand), and today the company announced its latest attempt to bring us better discourse: a reminder on Android to reconsider posting your comment if it appears to contain disrespectful content.

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YouTube comments suck, but a new warning might help them get better

YouTube comments suck, but a new warning might help them get better

Have you ever been outraged at some ignorant moron for posting something too stupid to be real, but after typing up a word salad of purified hate that's meant to leave them a pathetic husk of a person, you realize nothing will be accomplished and end up deleting the whole thing? I hate to break it to you, but that's probably the right move (most of the time). The fine minds behind YouTube think so too, and they're testing a new prompts that will casually remind users to reconsider hostile comments before it's too late.

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