YouTube is testing a new layout that will move the entire comment section to a button. The feature is being tested for Android the version of the app for now.
The “Comments” button seems to be YouTube’s solution to hide unwanted comments from a user’s sight. According to XDA Developers, the rollout is currently limited to India and hasn’t been spotted elsewhere.
Hate comments and spam are some of the biggest issues social media platforms have to deal with, especially in India. Facebook-owned Instagram and Twitter have had a dedicated button for comments for a long time now. YouTube’s comments button is placed prominently near the “Dislike” and “Share” buttons.
YouTube hasn’t mentioned anything about a layout change for the iOS app so far.
In a statement to The Verge, a YouTube spokesperson responded by saying: “We’re always experimenting with ways to help people more easily find, watch, share and interact with the videos that matter most to them. We are testing a few different options on how to display comments on the watch page. This is one of many small experiments we run all the time on YouTube, and we’ll consider rolling features out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments.”