Periscope, the live-streaming mobile application, is about to roll out a new experiment that takes place on the subject of real-time comment moderation, as what the company had announced just recently. Its parent company, Twitter, at the meantime, did struggle for years with regards to spam and abuse. Furthermore, Twitter’s efforts, to this day, are without much success. Therefore, there are a lot of skepticisms about the move presented by the firm. The live streaming app is, instead, aiming to go on a different route as it introduces a community-policed system wherein users are able to report and moderate comments as soon as they appear on their screens.
Periscope Introduces Community-Based Comment Moderation
Up until recently, viewers are able to type in text entries into the Periscope application. They would then see their comments that will be overlaid on the live video stream during the broadcast. When others add in their comments, the older text comments would then float off of the screen. But when it comes to the topic about harassment and abuse, the company did only offer a set of similar tools much like their parent company has. These are tools wherein users would be able to report abuse via in-app mechanisms or by blocking individual users.
Users of the Periscope app could also restrict comments towards the people that they know. However, this can be a less desirable path, especially for those who do want to engage in a wider, more public community within the mobile application.
With this “new” system, viewers of live stream videos can then report comments as abuse or spam which will then cause the individual comment to immediately disappear from the screen. Furthermore, it will prevent people from seeing the same message from that same person during the entire length of the broadcast. Hence, as a result of being flagged, the application will then randomly select some other viewers within the broadcast to vote as to whether or not they do agree that the comment is a form of abuse or spam, or if it is deemed okay.
Should the majority of the users within the Periscope broadcast indicate that the comment is indeed spam or abuse, then the commenter would then immediately be notified that their chat abilities would be disabled temporarily. However, if they do have a comment once more during that same broadcast that is, again, flagged as abuse or spam, then they will lose their ability to chat for the entire duration of the live video.