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What is a highlighted comment on YouTube?

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Youtube comments make the bread and butter of feedback on the online video streaming platform. As a result, it’s not uncommon to see hundreds if not thousands of people commenting their thoughts under a video. 

However, several comments stand out from the others. Some because of the insane amount of likes they get and others because they’ve been highlighted. In this article, we’re taking a look at what is a highlighted comment on Youtube?

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What are highlighted comments?

When speaking of Youtube comments, highlighted comments are considered more like bookmarks rather than featured. They’re often used to bookmark especially when you’re looking to follow up on a comment later. 

Each highlighted comment will carry a Highlighted comment tag. Youtube can even highlight comment replies with a Highlighted reply tag. These comments are just part of the improvements Youtube has been pushing to its commenting system, including reminding users to be respectful. 

These comments are neither picked by the video uploader nor the audience. It also doesn’t mean that the highlighted comment is very popular or is good or bad. Once again, they’re simply a bookmarking feature. 

You’re usually going to see them when someone replies to your comment on Youtube, and you try to get back using the notification that Youtube sends you, making it easier for you to find the comment. If this happens in a comment reply, you’ll see the highlighted reply label instead.

Youtube links can point straight to a highlighted comment as well. Consider the example below.

If you pay a little attention, you’ll notice that the link above has an lc tag followed by an ID. If you click this link, it’ll take you straight to the highlighted comment on that video whose ID is given in the lc tag, which possibly stands for linked comment.

When you refer to such a link, Youtube pulls the specified comment to the top of the comment section and adds a Highlighted comment label.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: