YouTube updates

Use this article to stay up to date with all the latest changes on YouTube. If you're a video creator, read about changes to creator tools and features here.


Latest updates

Updates from the past 2 weeks

  • Discussion tab removal: On October 12, 2021, the Discussion tab will be removed as we continue to expand the availability of Community posts to more channels.
  • Changes to YouTube experience for school accounts: Starting September 1 and rolling out over the following weeks, you may see a new, limited version of YouTube designed for schools when you use your school account. This change will occur if your school administrator has marked you under 18 years old. As a result, you can’t comment, use live chat, or get most notifications. You also can’t create YouTube videos and may not be able to watch certain videos. This change only impacts your YouTube experience on your school account, and does not impact the YouTube experience on your personal account. Learn more.
  • Media literacy tips on YouTube: We're running a media literacy campaign on YouTube to help empower viewers to think critically and spot misinformation online. This campaign will feature media literacy tips in the form of 15-second skippable video clips that play before you watch something on YouTube (example of one of the video clips here). The campaign will appear on a random sample of videos across the platform. Note: these tips may not be available in all countries/regions and languages.

Previous updates

Updates from the past 6 months

April 2021

  • Experiment with like/dislike button designs on mobile: With a small group of users, we’re testing designs for the like and dislike buttons on video watch pages. Some of these designs won’t include a visible like or dislike count. If you're in the experiment, you can still like or dislike a video to help tune the recommendations you see on YouTube. Creators will still be able to see the exact number of likes and dislikes on their videos in YouTube Studio. 
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