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Since the update yesterday, my "Recommended" videos are not at all relevant to what I am interested in, or based on videos I have watched. It just shows random junk. WWE videos, Myanmar Idol season 4, russian, german and korean videos. What the hell?

The "Up next" sent me to a Rush Limbaugh livestream. Is this a sick joke?

This was working just fine a couple of days ago. It showed me new videos from my subscriptions, and new videos from other channels I frequent. Now it is completely unusable. Same deal with the YT app.

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It's clearly intentional since they also added the "Don't Recommend Channel" function at the same time. They may as well not recommend any channels since they are mostly irrelevant garbage.
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The videos in that image are all from the trending page... I'm seeing the same ones showing up on my recommended page too. If you log out, clear all YouTube cookies, then go to the trending page, you'll see where they came from. Trending videos are what generate the most revenue for YT, so that's what will dominate our feeds. I'm also seeing suggestions that match unwatched videos in my subscriptions. i.e. Cinema Sins posted an "EWW Grudge" this week, and wouldn't you know it, even though I didn't watch the CS video, I had recommendations from 3 other channels, about "The Grudge". And if you watch one random video, the page fills with garbage related exclusively to that random video... never mind what is actually in your History.
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This article explains a lot... Google's denial only confirms it...
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