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3:24pm on Monday, 3rd October, 2016:



I usually crank up an incognito window when I want to search for something on Youtube, for two main reasons.

Firstly, I don't want to see ads for what I search for; in particular, I don't want to see them for innocent adwords I mention in my searches that mean quite a different thing in another context.

Secondly, I really don't want to be presented with the myriad of 18+-rated videos that seem to be attached to some innocuous subjects (remember, kids: if you want to look up an insertion sort, remember to add the word "sort" after the word "insertion").

This second reason only partly works. It means that if I click on a video that looks ordinary but contains X-rated material, I'll be asked to log in to see it (to prove I'm 18+). As I don't want to see it (which is indeed half the reason I'm not logged in), this spares me a nasty shock. Unfortunately, some videos have the X-rated material in their thumbnails. I can be scrolling down looking for a game review or something and EWW! Put that away, please!

I realise that Youtube wants people to have the option to log in if they wish to watch a porn video or something, but there really should be a filter available that means I'm only shown videos I'm allowed to watch under my current settings. That way, I can avoid seeing freaky thumbnails of adult-only videos.

Someone's going to tell me this is easy to do now, and make me look an idiot...

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