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Lauren Weinstein
Technology Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus his other sundry topics.
Technology Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus his other sundry topics.


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Google REALLY Doesn’t Want You Searching YouTube Channels!

Lately a lot of people have asked me if there’s any way to search for videos within a YouTube channel. “Of course!” I’d reply, “Just search at the magnifying glass field on the main channel page.”

All too often, I’d then get another email asking, “What magnifying glass?”

Uh oh.

And indeed, a look at the current YouTube channel layout reveals that Google really, seriously, apparently doesn’t want you to search for videos within a channel — unless you happen to have great vision, that is.

How do we know this? Well, let’s take a look at a typical YouTube channel user interface screenshot chunk:

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Thanks to the red arrow I’ve provided, you can clearly see the “prominent” magnifying glass icon, right? No?

Indeed, Google continues on its seemingly inexorable march toward making as many of its user interfaces as unreadable as possible for anyone with less than perfect vision, as you’ll recall I’ve mentioned “just a few” times previously, including in:

“How Google Risks Court Actions Under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)” –

On the older YouTube interface, the magnifying glass and accompanying search entry field wasn’t all that easy to find, but compared to this new version — displaying nothing but a nearly invisible icon — the old version was an accessibility award winner!

Now, never let it be said that Google doesn’t have a sense of humor. Because they’ve built a little taunting joke into this particular interface element. If by chance you happen to mouse over this nearly nonexistent magnifying glass graphic, it suddenly appears with much greater contrast to confirm that YES! you’ve stumbled onto the golden ticket — you can click here and search now!

Of course, if it appeared with such visibility on the interface in the first place, the average user would be much more likely to see it and surmise what it meant. But hey, “We’re Google!” — if you can’t see the “invisible” form of the icon, perhaps you don’t really deserve to be searching here at all!

All gallows humor aside just for the moment, this is one of the most quintessential examples I’ve seen of Google’s interfaces evolving toward becoming ever more useless to ever larger categories of users.

It’s a crying shame to see such a great company so needlessly treating significant segments of their user population in such a shabby manner.

And that’s the truth.


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Twitter's policies have become a disgrace. By Twitter's "newsworthy" standard, any vile, sociopathic, racist, sexist senile dotard who threatens enough people and/or has a large enough following would be exempt from Twitter's other rules. Obviously they should permit the larger terrorist groups to continue tweeting their threats, right? After all, it's newsworthy. And I assume if Adolf were still around, his rants about Jews would be OK with Twitter as well -- newsworthy! Grow up, Twitter. You're disgusting.

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Latest trend among racist Donald Chump Trolls is to have RESTRICTED G+ profiles so that you won't discover their racist posts likely replete with child porn that they've produced themselves using their own children. They're not fooling anybody.

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The Bro judges of India.

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I know major firms where this would be a firing offense. // At least six of President Trump’s closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, current and former officials said on Monday. //

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