Google Shows Weird Experiment On YouTube Search Results [Updated For Non-Juiciness]

By: Chris Crum - May 9, 2013

Update: “Nothing juicy to see here!”

Some people (including myself and others around me) are seeing a weird message at the top of YouTube search results pages. It says: “Experiment: There may be confidential content in your search results. Please do not share outside Google.”

YouTube experiment

It is unclear what this experiment is exactly, but as reddit user tk338 suggests, “This is mere speculation, but it looks like something only employees should be seeing. Someone could have changed some privileges or something accidentally? In which case a privacy breach for Google!”

Another user suggests that it could have something to do with new social media tie-ins.

We’ve reached out to Google, and will update if we hear back.

[via reddit]

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  • JT

    Some people seem to be thinking that it’s actually an experiment to see how quickly/how many people contradict the ‘don’t share’ thing, that that’s the actual experiment. Social experiment.

  • san jose plumber.

    Fine way of telling, and nice article to obtain facts concerning my presentation
    topic, which i am going to convey in school.

  • http://Facebook.comOfficialDZines Alex

    It’s obvious. When you watch a YouTube video. You don’t see thumbnails of other videos on the side anymore.