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YouTube says that these updates are being implemented in stages on various platforms, which users can check out in the coming days.
YouTube has the potential to hook the user to its platform for hours. This has been the most significant criticism of the streaming giant.
The video streaming platform owned by Google will additionally introduce more controls for what you see on the Homepage and also suggestions in the Up Next Bar. YouTube claims these updates will be available in the next few days for all end users.
You will now see quick access options on the YouTube Homepage for topics that may be relevant, based on your current recommendations and history.
You may have recommendations from your favorite music genre, for example, or a dose of late-night talk shows or some cooking videos.
“They could be videos related to the one you’re watching, videos published by the channel you’re watching, or other topics which may be of interest to you. This new feature can be found on the homepage when you scroll up, and on Up Next when browsing,” says Essam El-Dardiry, who is a Product Manager at YouTube.
This feature is available in English for signed-in users and on the Android YouTube app. Desktop and iOS users will also see this update very soon.
You can also remove channels you don’t want to watch.
2⃣ In fewer steps on mobile, remove suggestions from channels you don’t want to watch by tapping the three-dot menu > Don’t recommend channel.— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 26, 2019
To remove a suggested video (but not the entire channel), you can still tap the three-dot menu > Not interested. pic.twitter.com/7BoXDNpKtY
“Although we try our best to suggest videos you’ll enjoy, we don’t always get it right, so we are giving you more controls for when we don’t. We’ve now made it simple for you to tell us to stop suggesting videos from a particular channel,” says El-Dardiry.
To do this, tap on the three-dot menu next to a video and select the “Don’t recommend channel” option. Once you do this, you should no longer see videos from that channel suggested to you on YouTube. This is now worldwide accessible on the Android and iOS YouTube app and will shortly be available on the desktop.
The third feature is the additional information on why a video appears on your list.
3⃣ Learn why you might enjoy watching a certain video with a new box of additional info highlighted in gray underneath the video thumbnail.— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 26, 2019
Available today on iOS & Android – we’re working on bringing it to Desktop soon! pic.twitter.com/NgDQYve9sP
“When we’re suggesting videos based on this, you’ll now see more information underneath the video in a small box. Our goal is to explain why these videos surface on your homepage in order to help you find videos from new channels you might like,” says El-Dardiry.
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