Changes to YouTube allow users to curate recommended content

Changes to YouTube allow users to curate recommended content

YouTube has added new categories onto the YouTube homepage to allow users more accessibility within the site.

This follows the rise in harmful content surfacing and exploiting the recommendation algorithm - with the FTC investigating the site as a result of failing to protect child users.

Through the update, users will have options to explore specific topics, like DIY crafts, or music videos. Alternatively, audiences can specify which content they would prefer not to be recommended. It'll also show a user why a video has been recommended to them.

This “Don’t recommend channel” option co-launched with YouTube's blog post revealing the updates, enabling audiences to hide content of a specific type, creator, or brand. The content will still be available within the site from trending, subscriptions, searches or visiting the channel, but will be hidden from the homepage, or via recommendations.

Within this update, YouTube are also expressing further transparency as to why videos and creators are recommended.

“Sometimes, we recommend videos from channels you haven’t seen before based on what other viewers with similar interests have liked and watched in the past," YouTube product manager Essam El-Dardiary wrote in the blog post.

"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."

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