Back in May, Twitter announced that it is testing a prompt that forces you to reconsider a potentially harmful reply. It looks like YouTube is doing the same too. The company added a familiar paragraph to the video hosting site’s features and experiments page.
Reading the paragraph, it’s indeed very similar to what Twitter added to its service. If YouTube thinks you’re about to post an offensive comment, a prompt will appear asking you to think if you really mean what you typed. The company acknowledges that it will not be able to catch every offensive comment. And if your comment violates community guidelines, it may still ultimately be removed.
Like before, the definition of offensive comment isn’t exactly clear. But at the very least there is a chance for offensive comments to be removed either way if they go against YouTube rules.
For now though, this feature is still an experiment on the platform. There’s no mention as to when it goes live, or which users will actually see the prompt. Of course, don’t go intentionally typing something offensive that you don’t mean just to see if it has gone live just yet. And even if it is your intention to say something mean, it’s usually not worth it.