Several months ago, YouTube removed the ability for people to report a user for violating community guidelines. Instead, YouTube allows its users only to flag individual videos. So when a company started creating thousands of duplicate mass advertising spam videos, YouTube was overwhelmed with spam (and didn't even realize it). The spam program uses random online dating keywords for the video titles and an autoposter to upload its videos, promoting a site called Lovely Dating, on YouTube.
YouTube, which claims to have real people immediately responding to flagged messages, has made it nearly impossible for someone to report numerous spam videos by causing a person to have to enter a CAPTCHA phrase after flagging just a few videos.
In essence, YouTube has created the perfect environment for spam to thrive.
Here's how the spamming works:
First, one long video is created that just shows a slideshow of women in the background along with text telling people to see "More Info" to visit the site. A randomizer then slices the video into dozens of different lengths so that YouTube can't see the videos being uploaded are the "same size".
The "more info" area contains a link to the site followed by a new paragraph with dozens of randomized spam words.
A video spam program is then used to automatically create new YouTube accounts. In each account, the random length videos are automatically uploaded up to fifty times using random popular online dating keywords.
YouTube's inability to allow reporting of user violations and limiting the number of videos that can be flagged, allow the spam to remain in the system and overwhelm ligitimate online dating videos while clogging the search feature.