YouTube later announced that they will continue with this move worldwide.
Most of the population of Europe (among other parts of the world) orders to stay at home to limit the spread, usage of services like YouTube grew greatly. In response to EU officials requesting that such services reduce bandwidth as to make sure medical entities had sufficient bandwidth to share information, YouTube along with Netflix stated they would reduce streaming quality for at least thirty days as to cut bandwidth use of their services by 25% to comply with the EU’s request. YouTube later announced that they will continue with this move worldwide, “We continue to work closely with governments and network operators around the globe to do our part to minimize stress on the system during this unprecedented situation”.
On April 3, 2018, a shooting took place at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California.On May 17, 2018, YouTube announced the re-branding of YouTube Red as YouTube Premium (accompanied by a major expansion of the service into Canada and 13 European markets), as well as the upcoming launch of a separate YouTube Music subscription.
In September 2018, YouTube began to phase out the separate YouTube Gaming website and app, and introduced a new Gaming portal within the main service. YouTube staff argued that the separate platform was causing confusion and that the integration would allow the features developed for the service (including game-based portals and enhanced discoverability of gaming-related videos and live streaming) to reach a broader audience through the main YouTube website.
In November 2019, it was announced that YouTube was gradually phasing out the classic version of its Creator Studio across all users by the spring of 2020. Currently, some users have access to Creator Studio Classic by the end of March or April 2020.
List of most viewed YouTube channels.
The most-viewed channel on the video platform YouTube is T-Series, an Indian record label known for Bollywood music. T-Series became the most-viewed YouTube channel on February 16, 2017 and has over 100 billion views as of February 2020. The top 50 most viewed channels have all surpassed 10 billion views. Seventeen channels have surpassed 20 billion views, nine have surpassed 30 billion views, and only five have surpassed 40 billion views.
2020 picture quality cut
On March 18, 2020, Thierry Breton, a European commissioner in charge of digital policy of the European Union urged streaming services including YouTube to limit their services. The request came as a result of the prevention of Europe’s broadband networks from crashing as tens of millions of people start working from home, an outcome of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. According to the EU, the streaming platforms should consider offering only standard definition, rather than high-definition, programs and users should be responsible for their data consumption. On March 20, YouTube responded by temporarily downgrading the videos in standard definition across the EU including the traffic in the UK as well.
Response to Google+ integration with YouTube
On 6 November 2013, YouTube began requiring that commenting on its videos be done via a Google+ account, a move that was widely opposed by the YouTube community. An online petition to revert the change garnered over 240,000 signatures.
In response to Google requiring YouTube members to use Google+ for its comment system, Karim wrote on his YouTube account, “why the fuck do i need a Google+ account to comment on a video”, and updated the video description on his first video titled Me at the zoo to I can’t comment here anymore, since i don’t want a Google+ account.
In response to pressure from the YouTube community, Google publicly apologized for forcing Google+ users to use their real names, which was one of the reasons the Google+ integration was unpopular with YouTube users. Google subsequently dropped its Google+ requirement across all products, beginning with YouTube. Google announced in October 2018 its intention to permanently shut down Google+ as it had failed to achieve broad consumer or developer adoption. Google+ was closed for personal accounts on 2 April 2019.