As useful as this will be for Melinda and others like her I foresee a wave of amateur porn and sex video leaks all with "secret" unlisted YouTube links.Not that this will bother me as I won't be hosting all those files, and I won't have to see anything I don't want to see.
@Ian_M., is that really an issue? There's already plenty of porn, spam and other material that makes it onto YouTube every hour as it stands. The flagging system allows users to bring the stuff to YouTube attention for removal, and a high percentage of it does get removed, I suspect.I suspect the cost of extra bandwidth and storage is far less than the cost of a more effective approach to attempted prevention?If people combine porn uploads with spamming Unlisted video links, I'd expect a similar end result... at least some of those getting the spam are likely to flag these videos as well. Time will tell, though.I've been hoping for some usable semi-private feature like this for a long time. I don't want to be harsh, but the existing privacy options have been largely useless, at least to me, since most of my RL friends and relatives are unlikely to create a YouTube channel, just to watch my private videos.Also, my understanding from other users is that any account without a perfect record is currently unable to use this feature, so those that try to spam using this, are likely to find that they'll lose the feature for any channels where they try it. Your point does actually suggest to me one credible reason why that that move may have been made... it's something more than a few users are not too happy about, now that the feature exists, especially if they don't have access to it due to some long-ago single strike against their account.
@Aza, your probably right that it won't make that much difference to the spam situation.Needing a perfect record will prevent casual spammers and people who have made a mistake, but have a real investment in their current channel from posting Unlisted Videos.However, many spammers will just make a new account if there current account gets banned. So I have doubts that even a one strike policy will really cut back on spam links.
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