YouTube Pulls Plug On Direct Messaging Via Phones And PCs

Posted: Aug 21 2019, 12:18am CDT | by , in Technology News


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YouTube pulls plug on direct messaging via phones and PCs
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Starting September 18, users will no longer be able to send messages directly to other users on the platform.

YouTube will no longer support direct messaging through its Android and iOS app and via its desktop website just two years after introducing the service.

The direct messaging functionality allows users to quickly share videos and discuss them privately on YouTube without having to go to a different messaging app. The messaging feature supported both individual and group chats.

The feature first rolled out across smartphones in August 2017 before YouTube introduced it to its desktop website in May 2018.

Most recently, the video streaming giant said it will no longer offer the service starting next month. It noted that since launching the direct messaging feature, it has also spent time developing public conversations with updates to comments, posts and stories. YouTube said it will double down on the improvement of public conversations now that it is scheduled to shut down direct messaging in mid-September.

Starting September 18, users will no longer be able to send messages directly to other users on the platform.

Users can still share videos via clicking the "Share" button at the bottom of a video and clicking a social network icon to which they want to share a video.

In another YouTube news, Bloomberg News reported that YouTube officials are planning to end “targeted” advertisements on videos that are likely to be watched by children.

It comes as the Federal Trade Commission is probing YouTube for potentially breaching the Children’s Online Privacy Act. The news outlet said the commission could impose a multi-million dollar fine on YouTube.

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