YouTube has switched to private its older Unlisted videos. It has also started testing a process to emphasize policy violations in video clips.
In 2017, YouTube updated its how it works with Unlisted videos. It made it harder for people to discover without a direct link.
Unlisted YouTube videos were viewable and shared by anyone who has the direct link to the clip. But it would not appear in search results or tabs.
The update highlighted a loophole in YouTube’s system. It had unlisted content in search. The update ensured it kept them shareable in private.
To complete the process, YouTube has announced that Unlisted videos uploaded before 2017 will be set to Private from July 23, 2021.
“We are also giving creators the option to opt out of this security update and keep their videos in their current state if they prefer. If you have a video that is impacted by this change, we’ll notify you directly,” says YouTube.
If you have an Unlisted YouTube video, you must opt-out from the change, set your Unlisted videos public, or upload your Unlisted video again to comply with the new process.
“We’ll set any Unlisted videos uploaded before 2017 to “Private” starting July 23. As a reminder, Private videos can only be seen by you and the people you choose. Once these videos are made Private starting July 23, any link previously used to embed or share them as Unlisted will no longer work,” adds YouTube.
This talks about videos uploaded and intended to embed on sites, without public access. But we have yet to see the impact. If you have any Unlisted videos, take action to address it.
“We want to make it easier for Creators to understand policy decisions, know when to appeal, and avoid similar violations in the future – that’s why we’re testing out improved policy emails that provide an example of a timestamp showing where we believe the policy violation exists in the video,” explains YouTube.
The new process will link directly to the section of your video identified as potentially violating its policies. The alerts include details about the Community Guideline infringed on and links to related resources.
“To start, we’re testing this with a subset of YouTube policies (so you may not see it yet) and have plans to expand to more policies in the future pending feedback and results. Many of you have specifically asked for timestamps from our Support teams, so we’re looking forward to your thoughts,” adds YouTube.
The new process is in the test phase with selected YouTube users.