posted on Aug, 8 2016 @ 07:05 AM
I visited YouTube this morning and clicked on the "Popular" page to see if there were any new viral videos that I might enjoy. YouTube has changed,
by my notice at least, lately, and the popular page rarely features the kind of weird viral snippets of video that used to get attention there. Now
it is filled mostly with videos from high production value and big name YouTube channels, I can't argue thT there videos aren't popular, even if I
don't watch them, they just aren't what I used to look for on the trending/popular page.
This morning, though, the popular page is filled with barely watched entries from CBC Sports highlighting the Rio Olympics. I wonder how much
this publicly funded broadcaster is paying Google to promote these videos. Here in Canada, the summer Olympics...well, we're just not that great at
the summer Olympic events, as a nation, we don't really tune in like we do for the Winter Olympics.
Is everyone else seeing this Olympics push on their YouTube page from their local sports channels? In Canada we have pretty strict rules about
paid advertising being labelled as sponsored content, but YouTube is an American platform, so the rules aren't the same.
Personally, I'm a supporter of transparent advertising, so this kind of thing annoys me. Maybe it's just me though.