YouTube Layout: Here’s What People Think of the New Look

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YouTube launched a new design for the service on August 29, 2017, and many people aren’t happy about it.

As YouTube details in a blog post, the site underwent a redesign for both desktop and mobile versions as YouTube branches off into its other services including YouTube Music, Gaming, TV, Kids, and Red.

The desktop version also gets the added feature of a dark theme. The mobile version made the header white and moved the navigation tabs to the bottom so they’re closer to the thumbs as well as adding Library and Account tabs. The ability to speed up or slow down a video’s playback was also added to mobile as well as the ability to view a row of suggested videos while watching in full screen. Probably the most drastic change is the new logo, which takes the play button icon from the “tube” part of YouTube and places it in the front of the word.

Many people from fans to prominent YouTubers have taken to Twitter to express their dislike of the new layout. While many simply disliked the new look of the service, others accused YouTube of focusing on user interface changes instead of the wider problem of videos being demonetized out of nowhere thanks to automated systems.

However, some people applauded the new look for the site:

If you don’t like the new design, there is a way to restore the old design as outlined in the tweets below. You can even give YouTube a reason as to why you want to go back to the old look, and you can always go back to the new one at any time by going here.

YouTubers have seen their videos demonetized ever since YouTube established their Advertiser-friendly content guidelines last year, as well as the “adpocalypse” of April 2017 when advertisers pulled out of YouTube en masse following reports on ads playing on inappropriate videos. As Kotaku reports, YouTube has since then offered improved control to advertisers over where they could place ads. Some YouTubers are seeing a decrease in revenue as high as 75 percent while others with identical content have no videos demonetized, the publication reports.

YouTube has implemented features to facilitate brand deals and fan donations as well as more expanded options to appeal demonetization. However the algorithms are still inconsistent and the appeal process takes about five to seven days to get a response, one YouTuber told Kotaku. Since videos get 90 percent of their views within the first three days, the appeal process can make it too late to earn back the lost revenue. In the meantine, YouTubers have turned to alternative methods of funding such as through Patreon.

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