YouTube has been claiming to fight disinformation campaigns in a policy it enacted this year.

However, a known common tactic of misinformation campaigns is to take truthful, but old, pieces of information and to present them as if they were new.

Some time ago, I noticed that seems to have removed from its web interface any kind of information about when a video has been published. When did this happen? This can only contribute to the spread of misinformation.

To clarify, I mean the interface where you're already watching a video, such as when you arrive on it through a direct link.

A short imprecise "x time ago" notice still appears on search results and recommendations. But they're certainly trying to make it harder to find out the date a video has been published.

In the past, this used to be prominently displayed below the video.


How come no one is reporting on this important and consequential change to the most watched video platform on the internet, that has been so much abused for the spread of disinformation in recent times?

Just as I did that toot, on the next day the publishing date of videos is back again displayed on YouTube pages.

I'd like to think that I had any influence on that, but no, I'm sure they don't read the fediverse and this was just a strange coincidence.

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