Creators Drag YouTube After The Site Begins Tinkering With Thumbnails
28 June 2018, 15:24
The community is not happy
YouTube is feeling the heat from creators after they began tinkering with video thumbnails.
On Wednesday, YouTuber Rayo Gareca noticed that the thumbnails they had picked for their channel had been replaced by others. After reaching out to YouTube, it came to light that the website had replaced them with auto-generated thumbnails - but hadn't notified affected users first.
"We are running a small experiment where 0.3% of viewers will see an auto-generated thumbnail, instead of your custom thumbnail," they said.
While YouTube insisted that they "are not removing the ability to create your custom thumbnail," creators have been firm in their opposition to the "experiment", even at this early stage of testing.
"Who even comes up with these new 'experiments'," Alfie Deyes tweeted.
Who even comes up with these new ‘experiments’... I think a Vimeo employee is secretly working undercover at YouTube and is gradually taking down the platform https://t.co/fSR8J9XDZD— Alfie Deyes (@PointlessBlog) June 28, 2018
you better not youtube lol i LOVE you but I’ll always speak up when i disagree. We are not about to go to 2010. Sometimes you get so unlucky and your auto generated thumbnail is something random like a tree or a FOOT. Plus just don’t i literally beg you, no point in experimenting https://t.co/HK4OkOXzbE— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) June 28, 2018
YouTubers from all over the world chimed in with their thoughts. American YouTuber Kat Blaque described the potential move as a "bad idea," while Riley Dennis slammed YouTube for running experiments "without our consent."
"At least opt-in to this if they want, but there's a reason we design our own thumbnails," she added.
....you shouldn't just.... run experiments on us without our consent?? at least let creators opt-in to this if they want. but there's a reason we design our own thumbnails. you're harming our branding and engagement for your own research purposes. @TeamYouTube https://t.co/0PhE65YiXH— Riley J. Dennis (@RileyJayDennis) June 28, 2018
YouTube is yet to respond to the complaints.