YouTube has announced it will sunset its private messaging option on September 18th, just over two years after it initially debuted…
Super popular video hosting site YouTube will pull the plug on its private messaging feature come September 18th. While few adults will even notice the change, kids are pitching a fit.
YouTube Private Messaging Shuts Down September 18th
YouTube made the slipped the news into an inconspicuous space. It first rolled out the in-app tool in August of 2017. But, the company hasn’t given a reason — at least publicly — for its discontinuation.
People aware of the news speculate it could be Google just coming to the realization it has too many messaging platforms. These include Duo, Hangouts, Meet, Google Voice, and Android Messages.
But, it’s definitely upsetting a number of children, who’ve posted over 700 complaints. Turns out, the youngsters were using the feature to get around parental controls on other messaging apps.
YouTube recommends people use its “Share” tool to send videos, along with messages, as an alternative.
The company wrote the following in a support post:
“Two years ago, we launched a feature to enable you to share videos via direct messages on YouTube. Since then, we’ve also focused on public conversations with updates to comments, posts, and stories. We’re constantly reevaluating our priorities and have decided to discontinue YouTube’s native direct messaging feature while we focus on improving public conversations.”