[Updated] YouTube Shorts repeating same content or filled with kids & Pakistani/Indian videos? You aren't alone
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on Nov 2, 2022) follows:
The YouTube algorithm influences the types of content that users consume on the platform. According to one study, 81% of American YouTube viewers watch videos recommended by the algorithm.
The algorithm uses a two-step method to recommend videos to a user. In the first stage, it ranks videos depending on their performance (trending).
Second, the algorithm matches videos based on a user’s watch history and it recommends videos that are similar to what they have already viewed.
YouTube Shorts repeating same content
But according to reports, many YouTube viewers reportedly encounter a problem where Shorts is repeating the same content again and again for them (1,2,3,4,5).
YouTube’s algorithm is one of the best. It facilitates in providing similar content to what a YouTube user consumes in order to boost viewer retention on the platform.
However, many viewers claim that they are continuously shown the ‘click two buttons’ videos on YouTube Shorts. Furthermore, their feed contains polarizing content about Pakistan or India.
Other Shorts viewers claim to be receiving kids’ videos despite the fact that they do not watch such content. This is a very irritating problem that affects all devices.
I know others have already posted this, just so they know how broken this is. Shorts are just filled with the 2 buttons, kids, pakistan/india, people cleaning baby’s butt and tons more. No matter how many times I click the “Don’t recommend this channel” it just keeps popping up. Please fix.
Hey guys have you guys seen huge amount of kids on you YouTube shorts. It’s alarming apparently youtube short kids algorithm is being mix up with our algorithm and I seen videos about how to have a poly relationship, weird waist challenge, Pakistan propaganda, kids showing their bodies and etc which is what kids now a days are watching on YouTube kids. And also judging by the the comments sections in these shorts a lot of people start seeing them a few days ago.
Users mention that they have reported these types of videos and have selected the option that they don’t want to watch such videos. Nonetheless, YouTube continues to promote these kinds of videos to them.
It’s not the first time YouTube Shorts is bugged, though. Several users also recently faced an issue where random videos were being played instead of the selected one.
We hope YouTube addresses this issue as soon as possible because the algorithm appears to be broken and impacting users’ experience.
Update 1 (May 28, 2023)
05:55 pm (IST): It seems that YouTube Shorts recommendations still keep repeating the same videos, irrespective of the count of refreshes, even after months.
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