Periscope Now Lets Users Moderate Comments During Broadcasts

With this update, when users see inappropriate comments, they can flag them as abuse or spam.

Periscope has launched the ability to moderate comments during broadcasts. Now, when users see inappropriate comments, they can flag them as abuse or spam. After they flag a comment, the application will randomly select a few viewers and ask them to vote on whether the comment was spam, abuse or OK. Periscope said the system may also identify “commonly reported phrases.”

Once a vote has taken place, if the majority of voters found the comment offensive, the poster will be notified that their ability to chat in the stream has been temporarily disabled. If the user commits repeat offenses, they’ll be blocked from chatting for the rest of the broadcast. Either way, the original user who reported the commenter will no longer see posts from that user for the rest of the broadcast.

Periscope allows broadcasters to turn off comment moderation for their streams. Users can also opt out so they’re not selected to vote when comments are flagged.

Periscope commented:

There are no silver bullets, but we’re committed to developing tools to keep Periscope a safe and open place for people to connect in real-time. We look forward to working closely with you and everyone else in the community to improve comment moderation.

Readers: What do you think of Periscope’s new comment moderation feature?