YouTube update means you can chat about videos without reading the comments

Knife crime has soared in London over the past year. This large blade

This in-app feature enables users to share a video with friends and even chat about it in a private thread. Pressing it pulls up your most recently viewed videos, but you can also tap a search button to find basically anything else you'd want to add to the conversation.

The videos in question, which reportedly feature gang members wielding large knives and describing killing methods in a bid to intimidate rivals, have not been removed, as YouTube maintains that the videos do not breach their terms. With the feature, you will be able to send your friends video and share chat from within a new tab within the mobile app.

"We wanted to start with Canada because Canadians are sharing 15 per cent more videos than the average user, so it's interesting to see this is actually a behavior that happens more in Canada", said Yair.

Google previously said it would not place adverts on videos that have fewer than 10,000 views in an attempt to discourage extremist content, but all four of the videos Khan highlighted have at least double that, and in one case more than 20 times as many views.

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Rest assured that you can still easily copy the link to a video, or share it to other apps like Facebook, Twitter, or Gmail, if you prefer. It's unclear if it will be successful in that regard. But now, this feature is available for mobile users too.

Starting today, you can share videos with your friends and family directly on YouTube. While it allows you to find friends from your phone's Address Book, there's now no way to block requests from those you don't know. I had access to the feature while in testing, and found that I had a slew of incoming requests from strangers, for example - and this was before the public launch. You can, of course, deny those requests, but for public figures or those whose name or contact information is more freely available, this can be a problem. Not only can you share and receive videos in the app, you can also chat about them right on YouTube, reply with another video, invite others to the conversation, and more. The share pane shows people you've recently chatted with, as well as some suggestions for people to add to your list.

The feature is making its way to YouTube on both iOS and Android, to users worldwide.

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