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My YouTube homepage looks like that now too! I still get pissed off when I see it sometimes, because the message feels coercive: It's like, you can't possibly WANT your watch history turned off, can you? This MUST be a mistake. Change your setting now!

It disturbs me how things that once felt like friendly options are now being pushed on people. Anyway, it only fuels my desire to continue disabling watch history — and to continue spending time offline.

Thanks, as always, for writing your Newsletter. It always a breath of fresh air.

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Haha I know! But also very satisfying to be like, NOPE. Made me unreasonably delighted to hear your homepage is similar, this is how we resist the attention economy!!!

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Y'know, I got that same YouTube homepage, my interpretation of it was a sort of blackmail as in "you can't have recommended videos if you don't let us track you".

Now, *personally* I viewed that arrangement as a positive but I still have to assume it's meant to bully people who want privacy into giving it up.

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It definitely is! It's like when websites require you to login to access their stuff, it's always an absolute no from me. Very coercive. It feels good to simply "walk away."

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