What happened to hiding related videos?

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  • #3208499

    torres126
    Member

    Hi,

    I’m certain that there used to be a shortcode to hide related videos when embedding a YouTube video, and it was featured on this page: https://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/youtube/

    I’ve used it a lot, and I managed to find the shortcode again which I copied and pasted. It seems to still work fine on my end, all the related videos are from that content creator (which has been the case for a while), which is ideal for several reasons. For example, you’d have the reassurance that inappropriate videos weren’t being recommended on your blog.

    I just wanted to ask, is there a reason why this was removed, and has something changed? I’m curious because I used the hiding related videos feature quite a lot.

    Thanks very much. :)

    The blog I need help with is clubpenguinmountains.com.

    #3208507

    I don’t know if this helps. This doc https://developers.google.com/youtube/player_parameters?csw=1 says:

    The behavior for the rel parameter is changing on or after September 25, 2018. The effect of the change is that you will not be able to disable related videos. However, you will have the option of specifying that the related videos shown in the player should be from the same channel as the video that was just played.

    #3208508

    torres126
    Member

    Hmm…interesting, thanks for finding that! That’s what I suspect, although the change to the WordPress.com documentation was made a while after September, I think.

    Perhaps it’s worth mentioning on the WordPress.com documentation that related videos can be restricted to videos from the same channel, since that’s a pretty useful feature. :)

    #3208695

    kokkieh
    Staff

    Hi there,

    It looks like that info was actually removed only yesterday. I’ll follow up on why it was removed rather than updated.

    @torres126

    Perhaps it’s worth mentioning on the WordPress.com documentation that related videos can be restricted to videos from the same channel, since that’s a pretty useful feature.

    Does that work as advertised for you?

    #3208770

    torres126
    Member

    @kokkieh Yes, that works as intended for me using the same shortcode as before.

    #3209209

    kokkieh
    Staff

    Thanks for confirming.

    It looks like Google’s initial release notes may have been a bit ambiguous as to the behaviour, causing someone else to remove the info completely. We’ve double checked, and have updated the doc with the new behaviour.

    #3209259

    torres126
    Member

    Thank you!

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