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YouTube Decides to Add More Controls for Home Page, Up Next Videos

Lately, YouTube has been testing several new features to help users to engage better with the platform

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

To further streamline videos based on the content that interests users, Google-owned video-sharing app YouTube has decided to give users more control over their Home page and Up Next videos.

As part of the changes, YouTube would now let users explore more topics and related videos on their Home page and in Up Next videos, it removes suggestions from the channels users which they do not want to watch and learn about.

“One thing we’ve consistently heard from you is that you want more control over what videos appear on your home page and in Up Next suggestions. So we’re doing more to put you in the driver’s seat,” Essam El-Dardiry, Product Manager, YouTube wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

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The YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

All of the features are rolling out and would be made available for Android, iOS and desktop users soon.

Lately, YouTube has been testing several new features to help users to engage better with the platform.

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Earlier in May, in a bid to ramp up its online shopping business to compete with Amazon, the platform began testing shopping links under YouTube videos displaying product prices and recommendations under videos playing on the site, making it easier for viewers to buy them on Google. (IANS)

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YouTube Bringing a New Education Feature ‘Learning Playlists’

As of now, it remains unclear exactly when would the playlists be rolled out on the platform

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FILE - Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

Targeting teenagers, Google-owned content sharing app YouTube is bringing a new education feature called Learning Playlists with dedicated landing pages for educational videos on topics like math, science, music and language, free from algorithmic recommendations.

The free-from-recommendations Playlists would have organisational features like chapters around key concepts, ordered from beginner to advanced lessons to help viewers’ focus on their lessons without distractions, The Verge reported on Thursday.

The videos, as part of the educational playlists, would not autoplay at the end of a playlist either, reducing the chances of users’ falling asleep during chemistry lessons and waking up to videos about conspiracy theories.

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FILE – Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

Removing recommended videos from Learning Playlists shows that YouTube is not taking any chances when it comes to getting educational content right, the report said.

In October 2018, YouTube announced that it was investing $20 million to fund resources for educational creators and organisations through a Learning Fund initiative.

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The platform plans to begin the playlists with trusted partners like Khan Academy and TED-Ed, the report added.

As of now, it remains unclear exactly when would the playlists be rolled out on the platform. (IANS)