It seems like in an effort to prevent viewers from being exposed to the toxicity of the comment section, the streaming service giant Youtube is testing out a feature to hide comments by default on its Android app.
Since India has been the test ground for a lot of new features for YouTube and Google Maps, this feature has been noticed to be tested on the YouTube app in India. It will add a “Comments” button to the video options menu, between Dislike and Share. Comments appear in a new window separate from the video details and suggested videos. Users seeing the change get a message at the bottom of the screen where the comments would be that the comments have moved. We do not know if this change will roll out more widely or not.
The dedicated comments window now has some new and improved perks to it with this new UI:
Pulling down from the top of the comments window refreshes the comment section, which is good if you’re commenting on a maybe just-dropped mind-blowing movie trailer or a music video.
However, some may see this as hiding the comments away from normal people which is not entirely wrong but we should also think that shortcut makes it quicker and easier for people who live in YouTube comment sections to get there. Now, all you have to do is tap once instead of scrolling and scrolling and scrolling.