YouTube Intros Safety Mode and Video Speed Dashboard
Article by George Norman
On 15 Feb 2010
Last week popular video-sharing site YouTube announced the launch of Safety Mode, a feature that will filter out content some users may find disturbing. The truth of the matter is that you can find a video on just about anything on YouTube. Some of that content you will definitely want to watch; some you will want to filter out. And this is where Safety Mode comes in.

Thanks to Safety Mode, users can filter out objectionable content they do not want to see. On top of that Safety Mode lets users who have children protect their young ones from content that is not suitable for their tender age and fragile minds.

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“Diversity of content is one of the great things about YouTube. But we know that some of you want a more controlled experience. That's why we're announcing Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. An example of this type of content might be a newsworthy video that contains graphic violence such as a political protest or war coverage. While no filter is 100% perfect, Safety Mode is another step in our ongoing desire to give you greater control over the content you see on the site,” explained Associate Product Manager, Jamie Davidson

At the bottom of any video page, way down at the bottom, there’s a Safety Mode link. You need to click it to opt into Safety Mode. And with your YouTube password, you can lock the Safe Mode setting.
For additional details on Safety Mode, check out this video.

The Google-owned video sharing site has announced the release of yet another service: the YouTube video speed dashboard. The dashboard is meant to “give you insight into what your YouTube speed looks like compared to the YouTube speed of users in other regions and different ISPs.”

“So, what can you do with all of this new data about your video speed? Well, that's entirely up to you. Some users will find it interesting to compare their city's average YouTube speed with the rest of the world's. Some will discover they're running at slower speeds compared to other users with the same ISP. A higher YouTube video speed translates to a better and faster experience not just for YouTube videos but for the Web in general; and by making this speed data available to users we would like to continue our ongoing efforts to make the web faster,” explained the YouTube team.

To get started with the YouTube video speed dashboard just
click here.



Tags: YouTube, Google, Safety Mode, Video speed dashboard
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