“YouTube says that these could be videos related to what you’re watching currently, videos published by the channel you’re watching, or other topics that may be of interest to you”
YouTube surfaces relevant and personalised content based on users’ watch history and searches. Now, in a bid to offer more control over what videos appear on the homepage and in suggestions, the video-sharing platform is bringing three specific changes. One of them now makes it easy to explore topics and related videos. YouTube says that these could be videos related to what you’re watching currently, videos published by the channel you’re watching, or other topics that may be of interest to you. This new feature can be found on the Android app’s homepage when scrolling up and on ‘Up Next’ when browsing in English language and will soon be available on iOS and desktop.
Furthermore, YouTube is also making it simple for users’ to stop the platform from suggesting videos from a particular channel. Just tap the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage or Up Next, then select “Don’t recommend channel.” Post which, you would no longer see videos from that channel. However, if you’re subscribed to the channel, you may still find them. This new feature is available globally on the YouTube app for Android and iOS starting today and will be available on desktop soon.
Lastly, YouTube is now recommending videos from channels that one hasn’t seen before, based on what other viewers with similar interests have liked and watched in the past. From now, whenever YouTube is suggesting videos found on this basis, it will surface more information explaining why these videos surfaced on your homepage underneath the video in a small box. This new feature is available globally for iOS and will be available on Android and desktop soon.