A recent report has confirmed that YouTube is introducing changes to its two browsing features following concerns are growing regarding harmful content, which is spreading through the recommendation algorithm of the platform.
Our news sources have reported that YouTube is adding filtering capabilities and Sortable topics to the homepage of YouTube and to the “up next,” recommended categories. The company has taken the step to provide more control over the platform ultimately. With changes in the features, users will now be able to explore the topics that they want to see like DIY crafts or music videos, from the top of the homepage.
YouTube will also be applying the same type of filtering to “up next,” thereby allowing users to find out what kind of videos they actually wish to see as recommendations over the platform. Similar product changes were first rumored earlier this year.
“Our goal is to explain why these videos surface on your homepage,” said YouTube. The company besides adding features to give control to the users regarding the videos they wish to see is also working on the part which will provide control to the users over the type of videos they don’t want to see. This part will include the content that users do not want to see over the platform but have been recommended by the company’s algorithm.
There are reports that a new option called “Don’t recommend channel” will soon be added to the platform. This option will make people click on it if they want to hide content from a specific creator or brand.
“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,” Essam El-Dardiry, product manager at YouTube, wrote in the blog post. “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.”