It recently came to our attention that there was a bug in our comment
code that allowed users to delete comments from videos which were not
their own. Unfortunately, by the time we became aware of the issue
several users exploited the bug to maliciously delete thousands of
comments from other users videos. We have since fixed the bug and are
actively working to restore all the comments that were removed.

To all of our users who had their comments deleted, please accept our
most humble apologies. There is absolutely no excuse for what
happened, it was a bug in our code - and one we should have caught.
We can only say that we are feverishly working to restore your
comments and we'll do everything we possibly can to make sure
something like this does not happen again.

To all of our users who have been abusing comments with flagrant
spamming, hate speech and other malicious activities - this behavior
will simply not be tolerated on our site. If you engage in such
activity be forewarned your account will be deleted and you will be
permanently banned without warning.

YouTube is a place for everyone to express themselves. It is meant to
be a creative, entertaining and democratic environment. Let's not
allow a few bad apples spoil the bunch.


The YouTube Team