YouTube Adds 'Don't Recommend Channel' and New Explore Tools for Finding Content

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Google today announced several new features coming to YouTube, all of which are designed to give users more control over the kind of content that appears on the Homepage and in Up Next video suggestions.

For removing video suggestions from channels users are uninterested in, there's a new YouTube option called "Don't recommend channel." It's accessible by tapping on the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage or Up Next. After tapping it, users will no longer see videos from the channel as suggested content.


The "Don't recommend channel" option will be available on mobile devices first before expanding to the desktop.

Along with an option to stop a channel from being recommended, YouTube is adding more detail on why certain videos have been recommended. There's a small box underneath recommended videos that lets YouTube users know why a video has been surfaced. The feature is available for iOS users today and will be coming to Android and desktop in the future.


YouTube is also gaining new tools to make it easier to explore topics and related videos, such as baking videos, or a favorite music genre. Options presented to YouTube users are based on existing personalized suggestions and can be found on the homepage when scrolling up or on Up Next when browsing. This feature is available for Android users currently and will be expanding to iOS and desktop in the future.


All of the new features are rolling out starting today, but could take some time to expand to all users.

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12 months ago

Finally i can do this for Unbox Therapy

Yes! And any other channel that uses click-baity titles and a shocked, annoyed or perplexed facial expression as their thumbnail image.

Edit: just noticed that it ironically describes my MR avatar photo expression. lol
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12 months ago

Oh good! What could possibly go wrong with this?

Good thing there aren't big groups of people that will mobilize and defame companies and content producers just because of political bias... good thing.. cause that'd be insane to live in a world like that... good thing...

How would it matter if a million individual people said Don't Recommend Sesame Street on their feeds? If those people weren't going to watch a Sesame Street video anyway, not having it recommended means nothing.

I don't like Fortnite videos. Me requesting a Don't Recommend on my feed doesn't affect Fortnite videos. It just makes my feed less annoying. Still like to hear how you think a group could do something.
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12 months ago
Finally i can do this for Unbox Therapy
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12 months ago

Oh good! What could possibly go wrong with this?

Good thing there aren't big groups of people that will mobilize and defame companies and content producers just because of political bias... good thing.. cause that'd be insane to live in a world like that... good thing...

How awful of me not wanting garbage like PewDiePie and JonTron coming up in my recommendations.
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12 months ago
I’d also like YouTube to _stop_ recommending me for the ‘free one-month trial’ of YouTube premium, highly annoying every time I login to the app. I declined once, I shouldn’t have to decline every single time when I open the app.
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12 months ago
Oh good! What could possibly go wrong with this?

Good thing there aren't big groups of people that will mobilize and defame companies and content producers just because of political bias... good thing.. cause that'd be insane to live in a world like that... good thing...
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