[Opinion] Hey YouTube, please stop recommending videos that I’ve watched

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New updates will be added at the end of this story …….

The original story (published December 26, 2021) follows:

YouTube is the most watched video sharing platform today. With billions of videos to choose from, YouTube has implemented a recommendation system to help you find more content that you like based on factors like your play / search history and channel subscriptions.

This means that the content that YouTube recommends you are the most likely to like it. And this works for the most part as if by magic, hence the dominance of the platform over the competition.

It’s worth noting that YouTube intends to keep you on the platform for as long as possible. The more you look at, the more advertising money they make.

Perhaps this explains in part the various layers of video recommendations that are aimed at keeping your eyes on YouTube for as long as possible without breaking a sweat.

You can find a mix of your interests on the home page and further suggestions under the ‘Next’ button when playing a video. This eliminates the need to manually search through multiple videos to find something good to watch.

However, the algorithm for generating recommendations on YouTube is not always perfect. Sometimes YouTube Recommendations may have suggestions that you may not like.

In such cases, a quick reluctance will ensure that the video and other related videos do not appear in your recommendations. It is a pity that other regular viewers cannot see your dislikes.

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I watch YouTube a lot and have more than several dozen channel subscriptions. Given my diverse content consumption, I don’t think YouTube can run out of video suggestions that I might like.

Most of the time this works fine, but one annoying thing I’ve had to grapple with for years is that YouTube recommends videos that I’ve already seen. Not once, not even twice. But on several occasions.

Unfortunately, YouTube viewers have no control over how many times a video can appear in their recommendations, which is my biggest criticism of the otherwise great video sharing platform.

With the billions of videos on the platform, the last thing I would expect if YouTube recommends a video that I have watched on various occasions is the last thing I would expect. But that has become a staple food not only for me, but also for many others.

We have previously documented this plight, which has persisted for several years, but Google doesn’t seem to be doing much about it. Reports from those affected are still being received.

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According to Google, it may take YouTube some time to learn your habits before finally recommending videos of your interest. After using YouTube with the same Google account for about a decade, the platform certainly knows a lot about me.

Others have done their best to train the AI ​​algorithm to suit their interests but are still disappointed. This begs the question, is YouTube’s recommendation system to blame? And if so, what is Google doing about it?

You probably wouldn’t be far if you said yes to the former, but the latter is only known to Google. However, since it has been in the market for years, one wonders whether YouTube ignored the problem or just didn’t figure out how to approach it.

While Google can train its algorithm to automatically skip videos that have already been viewed, I would like a switch to enable or disable the AI’s ability to recommend videos that have already been viewed to the app settings.

In this way, viewers can decide whether or not they want videos that have already been viewed to appear in their recommendations. But hey, we don’t make the decisions here, but YouTube (Google). And I hope this resonates with the right people.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in your comments below. You are also welcome to vote on the Twitter poll below, with results being announced after a week.

Update 1 (January 3rd)

The survey results are now available. It looks like everyone who voted would want YouTube to add a toggle to enable / disable recommending videos they’ve already watched.

In case you missed the survey, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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