Sharing videos through YouTube Messages bids adieu next month

Ruben Fields
August 23, 2019

"Since then, we've also focused on public conversations with updates to comments, posts and stories", the company wrote in a Google Support post this week. But, the company didn't explain why Messages Feature is no longer a priority. The company had to shut off comments on videos featuring minors, after the discovery of a pedophile ring that had been communicating via YouTube's comments section.

The feature also had issues with spam - much like Google+ did - as there were unwelcome requests from strangers, at times.

YouTube has chose to kill off its internal messaging service a little over two years after introducing the feature.

According to the notice that now shows up within the app when you go to your inbox, the feature will be discontinued on September 18.

It is believed that one of the main reason is that the feature is under-utilised. Now YouTube direct messages is disappearing in the near future.

"In August 2017, YouTube introduced a "Messages" feature for its mobile apps and later the Web".

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That was it. Sharing YouTube videos through messages was indeed a great way of sharing videos amongst friends and family.

YouTube is removing the ability for its users to direct message each other - focusing on public conversations instead.

Sharing itself isn't going away, obviously.

The change was first spotted by 9to5Google, which noted that YouTube Messages came to the web in May of a year ago.

"We're constantly re-evaluating our priorities and have made a decision to discontinue YouTube's native direct messaging feature while we focus on improving public conversations", the video-sharing platform said in a support post. So, enjoy it while you can.

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