The tab will be deprecated due to low usage and to focus on “building new Stories features”.
“Not to worry, there shouldn’t be any noticeable impact on Stories views, since less than 1% of Stories views came from that Stories channels page,” said Tom Leung in the latest video on the YouTube‘s Creator Insider channel.
Stories can still be viewed by users on Home, in the subscriptions feed and underneath videos.
The newsflash also revealed an update on the platform’s harmful or dangerous content policy, with videos about vaping or promoting products containing nicotine or THC being age-restricted.
“There is an exception if it’s educational, documentary, scientific or artistic,” Tom added.
Elsewhere, YouTube confirmed that the ‘escape hatch’ for uploading videos in YouTube Creator Studio Classic will be removed for around 10% of channels from Monday, with a full rollout to 100% of creators due to happen by the end of June.
The video goes on to announce the launch of a Live section of the YouTube Explore tab, as well as clarify YouTube’s fundraising policy.
It comes after a video by Zoe Amira, titled How To Donate to BLM with No Money, encouraged viewers to repeatedly watch adverts on the content, with money generated from AdSense being donated to the cause.
YouTube later took down the video for violating its policies, pledging to double the amount of money the video would have raised.
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