YouTube's source code has just been leaked, completely revealing the metrics this platform uses to control YouTubers 2YouTube's source code has just been leaked, completely revealing the metrics this platform uses to control YouTubers 2

Recently, YouTube’s codebase, including the platform’s internal metrics, including a video `display restriction` label, was leaked.

After this incident, YouTube had to quietly hide its code to avoid prying eyes.

Previously, these leaked metrics appeared from October 8 to October 29, before YouTube silently hid and hid these metrics.

Their findings not only show that YouTube is using its own proprietary internal metrics to police YouTubers, but also that the scoring favors corporate brands, Hollywood stars, and other celebrities.

1. P-Score measure

The first measure leaked through the above codebase is YouTube’s P-Score (Preference Score).

YouTube's source code has just been leaked, completely revealing the metrics this platform uses to control YouTubers

According to YouTube, P-Score is designed to push `the most brand-relevant and engaging content on YouTube` to Google Preferred advertisers.

Leaked code shows that P-Score applies to every YouTube video, whether it is in the Google Preferred program or not.

This P-Score is proprietary, meaning YouTubers won’t know how to increase it.

YouTube's source code has just been leaked, completely revealing the metrics this platform uses to control YouTubers

1. Popularity: (Popularity is assessed based on viewing time).

2. Passion level (Passion: based on the level of viewer attraction to the channel).

3. Level of safety (Protection: based on whether the content is safe for the brand or not).

4. Platform (Platform: what featured content is viewed on the big screen).

5. Production ability (Production: includes any content that uses `skillful camera techniques and cinematography`.

After P-Score was discovered in the above codebase, Bowblax, Nicholars DeOrio, Optimus and Josh Pescatore said their findings showed that P-Score is a measure based on region and other factors.

2. Metric for evaluating content labels

Another measure leaked this time is the evaluation of content labels according to a 6-level age rating system.

YouTube's source code has just been leaked, completely revealing the metrics this platform uses to control YouTubers

1. Y: Particularly safe content suitable for all YouTube viewers.

2. G: Particularly family-friendly.

3. PG: Family friendly in general.

4. Teen: sometimes suitable for families.

5. Mature: rarely family friendly.

6. X: Default age limit.

3. The rating scale is limited to display

YouTube's source code has just been leaked, completely revealing the metrics this platform uses to control YouTubers

The third measure leaked in this code shows the possibility of display restrictions and the display restriction score.

According to research by YouTubers, there are two types of display restrictions:

– limit display for brand safety: limit advertising on videos.

– Display restrictions for special videos: the algorithm limits the ability to spread videos on the platform.

4. P-Score impact

YouTube's source code has just been leaked, completely revealing the metrics this platform uses to control YouTubers

In addition to discovering internal metrics leaked in the code, YouTubers Bowblax, Nicholars DeOrio, Optimus, and Josh Pescatore also compiled P-Score scores for more than 200 different channels.

The results mirror most of what we see on YouTube every day – corporate brands, Hollywood stars, and `authentic sources` dominate most of the content shown, while independent YouTubers

Refer to Reclaimthenet

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