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YouTube may change the placement of video titles and feedback

What you might want to know

  • YouTube is testing a redesigned video player on the web that moves the title and comments to the sidebar. 
  • A social media account for the site confirmed that this new view is only a test for now. 
  • Users expressed disdain for the feature, and YouTube suggested they submit feedback through its website. 

YouTube is experimenting with new ways to show video players on the web, and the latest one could represent one of the biggest UI changes in years. Earlier this month, YouTube Shorts started appearing in the recommended videos sidebar for some users. Now, an even more drastic change is showing up for a limited number of users. The latest redesign test moves the title, description, and comments to the sidebar and shifts recommended videos under the currently playing one.

Though this user-interface change is indeed only a test, users aren’t thrilled about it for now. The redesign drew the attention of all the major social media sites, including X (formerly Twitter), Threads, and Reddit. One user on Threads, Brian Hamilton, shared a screenshot of the visible overhaul, and over 100 principally detrimental replies ensued. 

A screenshot of a YouTube redesign test.

(Image credit: _brianhamilton / Threads)

The benefit of this change appears to be that you get to see more of the video title, comments, and description. Meanwhile, less recommended videos appear on the same page as your now-playing content. Instead of a long list of recommended videos with smaller thumbnails and titles, YouTube shows three recommended videos with larger thumbnails and titles in this test.

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