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babushka(he/she, он/она/)
Time ago

Oh my god.

For context, YouTube is changing parts of its Terms of Service, and this is, as of today when I received this email, now in effect for those in the U.S.

Edit: Also, if you aren't part of the YouTube Partner Program, you won't get a cut of the revenue generated from the ads (source).

[Pic ID: Text that reads, "YouTube's right to monetize: YouTube has the right to monetize all content on the platform and ads may appear on videos from channels not in the YouTube Partner Program." End ID.]


That means ads on first aid videos!! 2 minute long unskiplable ads!!!


So this is a good time to shout out Newpipe. Its a very good alternative to the youtube app on your phone. It uses their APIs and stuff to pull videos and display them without ads. Ive been using it for a few days and Im absolutely smitten. It lacks a few functionalities as compared to the official app, but you can still recreate your subscription feed and play videos in the background (unlike the app). So theres a lot to enjoy, esp when Youtube has been pulling increasing amounts of bullshit. Unfortunately, its for android only bc Apple sucks big time, but if you have an android, its incredibly easy to install (obviously its not on any app store).

This page links to the APK files: https://newpipe.schabi.org/

If you're on desktop and still get ads, idk why you dont have origin blocker or any of the other big adblocking plugins/ad-ons, but please, do yourself a favor and get one.