YouTube is introducing changes to two crucial browsing functions regarding growing above malicious content that spreads through the platform's recommendation algorithm.
Sortable topics and filter options are added to the YouTube home page and the following recommended categories, according to a new blog post. The goal is to give users more control over what they see on the site. From the top of the home page, people can click on certain topics they want to explore, such as do-it-yourselfers or music videos. The same filter type applies to & # 39; next & # 39 ;, which allows users to specifically determine what type of video & # 39; s they want to see as recommendations and from which video makers they want to see video & # 39; s. Similar product changes were first gossiped earlier this year.
YouTube also gives people more control over the type of videos that they don't want to see. This includes content that is not relevant to their interests that would otherwise have been recommended by the company's algorithm. A new option called & # 39; Do not recommend channel & # 39; will soon be available for people to click to hide content from a specific creator or brand. Those video & # 39; s and video makers are still traceable on the platform, according to the blog post, but they don't come up on the recommended tab or the home page.
New transparency tools introduced with the update will show people why certain videos are also recommended.
"Sometimes we recommend videos & # 39; s from channels you've never seen before based on what other viewers with similar interests have enjoyed and watched in the past," wrote Essam El-Dardiry, YouTube product manager, in the blog post . "Our goal is to explain why these videos appear on your homepage to help you find videos of new channels that you might like."
It is a clear effort from YouTube to address the continuing concerns of users, critics, and policy makers about harmful harmful content that is recommended to users. Remarkable pieces from publications such as The New York Times have demonstrated how the YouTube recommendation algorithm can send people in a rabbit hole with harmful content that can lead to radicalization. Much of this content technically does not break YouTube & # 39; s community guidelines or terms of service, so it may remain – even though it is sometimes considered harmful to society.
Due to the upcoming changes from YouTube, it is also not possible to display borderline content as recommended topics on the home page or recommended feed from people. Although the changes do not necessarily imply a change in the company's algorithm, the information YouTube collects of what people want to see and decides to hide can lead to changes in recommendation algorithms further on.
Some of these product changes are planned for the coming days, while others will occur on later dates.