New changes have found their way to your homepage on YouTube—the power to control what you see is now in your hand. This a clear departure from what we had in the recent past where you don’t have the power to choose what you see in your homepage. According to the Google-owned streaming site, the demands to take charge of what can be viewed were high—control what videos appear on homepage and in Up Next suggestions.
There is nothing to write home about when it comes to YouTube’s algorithm. Users have been left disappointed about some of the things they have been made to see in the last couple of years. We had situations where users were fed with inappropriate videos including content encouraging extremist politics, and many more. Right activists have called for changes, and it is heartwarming to know that things are about to turn a positive direction in the next couple of days.
You can now explore various topics and related videos on your Homepage and Up Next. It is now easier to explore topics and videos including, baking videos, your favorite music genre, your favorite videos, and the latest late-night talk shows. YouTube will no longer serve you generalized videos and topics—going forward, options will be based on your existing personalized suggestions. Your Homepage will be based on videos related to what you are watching, videos published by the channel you are watching, or other topics that may be of interest to you.
You will find the new feature on the homepage when you scroll up, while the Up Next feature can be seen while browsing. The feature is available to all signed-users in English on the YouTube app for Android, while iOS, and desktop users and other languages will take their turns soon.
Remove suggestions from channels you don’t want to watch. Going forward, you will be able to rid your Homepage of channels you don’t want to watch. “We’ve now made it simple for you to tell us to stop suggesting videos from a particular channel.” You can do this by tapping the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage or Up Next, then “Don’t recommend channel.” Once you are done, you will no longer see videos from those channels suggested to you on YouTube.
Finally, YouTube will now place additional information beneath suggested videos. This is aimed at helping you to learn why certain videos are being suggested to you. The reason why videos are being suggested to you will be inside a small box underneath the videos. This might also serve as a way to help you find videos and content that are of interest to you.