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YouTube’s algorithm is has been the butt of several jokes and the topic of concerned discussion. The firm has now decided that it will be placing more power in the hands of users so they know what’s going on with regards to recommendations. More importantly, users will be able to control what sort of content shows up in their suggestions.
“One thing we’ve consistently heard from you is that you want more control over what videos appear on your homepage and in Up Next suggestions. So we’re doing more to put you in the driver’s seat.” YouTube explained on Wednesday.
The firm will be making thee specific changes:
- Explore topics and related videos on your Homepage and in Up Next videos: Youtube will let sort through topics on the homepage so you can find more relayed content in categories you patronise. It will be available for signed-in users in English on the YouTube app for Android and will be available on iOS, desktop and other languages soon.
- Remove suggestions from channels you don’t want to watch: The firm has made it simple for users to tell them to stop suggesting videos from a particular channel. Just tap the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage or Up Next, then “Don’t recommend channel.” This new feature is available globally on the YouTube app for Android and iOS today and will be available on desktop soon.
- Learn more about why a video may be suggested to you: A small box has been added to explain why certain videos surface on your homepage in order to help you find videos from new channels you might like. This new feature is available globally on the YouTube app for iOS today, and will be available on Android and desktop soon.