A recent YouTube Creator Insider video revealed pop-up warning messages about external links for iOS devices in an effort to protect users from inadvertent online damage.
The feature, currently limited to the YouTube app on Apple devices, is essentially about links in the VOD comments section. Typically, clicking on a link automatically redirects users to the associated web page. While in the early bot-free days of YouTube this was nothing more than a minor annoyance, the lack of any filter can prove dangerous. With many links rendered by bots that send users to data collection sites or phishing attempts, we prefer to proceed with more caution. While the average adult is fully aware that this suspicious account with no backstory offering free Bitcoins is suspicious, to say the least, this is a distinction that kids are less likely to make. To quote a rather beloved series of books by this author, “a paper shield is better than nothing”.
On iOS, now …
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