YouTube Unveils New Mobile Chat Feature for Android, iOS Apps

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This new feature allows users to text along with video sharing, inviting up to 30 people to the conversation, sharing another video within the chat window to reply, and sharing the video with the multiple contacts.

YouTube's private video sharing feature "Shared tab" that was earlier limited to Canada and North America is now rolling out to all the Android and iOS devices globally.

Since YouTube is a video app, it makes sense for you to, apart from text and emoji, only add other videos in its conversation threads - you can not send images to each other.

YouTube owner Google already operates several messaging apps including Android Messages, Allo, Duo, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

Starting today, you can share videos with your friends and family directly on YouTube. They can also get a direct link to share and add new friends to the thread.

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Experts also warned that some young people are forced to appear in the videos, which then puts them at risk of harm.

YouTube has been testing the feature since last May, but Monday's update marks the first time the company's made its so-called "native sharing" to everyone.

Ever since Google acquired YouTube back in November 2006 (following its original soft launch in 2005), the video-hosting site includes community features such as comments and likes to enable one-on-one communication between uploaders and their subscribers. Do you think you will be using the YouTube sharing and messaging feature in the coming days? And if you want to continue sharing videos through other apps, you can still do that too. Firstly, it encourages increased engagement as users do not have to shift to Twitter or Facebook to share commentary or videos. It is still an app-only feature at the moment; but hopefully YouTube will expand the feature to desktop soon.

YouTube points out that the new icons don't change your earnings in any way, but at least "give you a more detailed understanding of whether your video has been identified as not suitable for all advertisers". It's basically like having an in-app messaging option.

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