YouTube announces measures to 'private private videos uploaded before January 1, 2017'
As part of a security update, YouTube has announced that it will implement a measure to make all private videos uploaded before January 1, 2017 private from July 23, 2021.
Changes to measures for older private content-YouTube Help
On YouTube, users can choose from three types of public settings for uploaded videos: 'public', 'private', and 'private'. 'Public' videos are displayed in search results and uploaded video lists and can be viewed by anyone. However, 'Limited Release' videos are not displayed in the search results and can only be viewed by accessing them directly from the link. Also, 'private' videos can only be viewed by the uploader and authorized users.
In 2017, YouTube released an update to its system for generating private links. This update is aimed at improving security, and it has become even more difficult for users who do not know the link to find the limited release video.
This action targets old private videos uploaded before the update, and private videos uploaded before January 1, 2017 will start on July 23, 2021. It will be automatically set to private. However, if you embed a limited video in a website or app, or put it in your playlist, you will not be able to see it if it becomes a private video.
If you do not want to set it to 'private', the user must do one of the following three types of support.
◆ 1: Disable this change and keep the private video in its current state
By applying by July 23, 2021 using the form below, it is possible to set the old private video so that it will not be changed to private.
Prevent old private content from being changed to private-YouTube Help
Enter the channel ID, check 'Request for exclusion from channel change processing', and click 'Send'.
◆ 2: Set 'Public' for videos that were released exclusively before January 1, 2017.
If you change the setting to 'Public', you can play it as usual, but all YouTube users will be able to watch the video.
◆ 3: Re-upload as a limited release video
By uploading the same video that is released as a private video to YouTube again and setting it to 'private public', it is possible to exclude this security update. You can still embed and share the video by modifying the link to that of the new video. However, since it is newly uploaded, the comments and views attached to the previous video will not be carried over.
Also, if you want to keep the target video private as it is, you do not need to perform any operation. YouTube also explains this measure and response in the following movie.
(38) Changes to Unlisted Videos Uploaded Before 2017 --YouTube