FreeTube, a privacy focused Youtube client is getting accessibility updates
Bored of Youtube constantly tracking you? Annoyed of the cookies banners and slow website? And the Google's more and more invasive methods of verifying age for watching videos?
FreeTube is an open-source, privacy respecting Youtube client for Linux, Mac & Windows.
Hassle-free interface, no adds, local history, subscriptions and last video position saving are just some features it provides to help you enjoy Youtube privately, without sending your data to Google.
Connecting over VPN or Tor is also supported, so you can watch completely anonymously!
Until recently, FreeTube was a great app, but with somewhat difficult accessibility making it hard to control.
Fortunately, after opening an accessibility improvements issue on the project's GitHub, one developer jumped in and did a really great job on this, making the app far better usable than it used to be.
If you don't have the development environment, that's fine as well. I'm providing myself compiled binaries, so everyone can just download and try.
You can get them from:
The server is not under my physical control, so, here are checksums:
Also, one additional note. Privacy is definitely fine, but there is one consequence in this case. Any video you're watching/subscribing wia FreeTube won't get your activity counted, and its author won't get the revenue from the Youtube adds.
If you have a favourite youtuber or channel which is not widely known and you'd like to support it, I recommend at least considering making an exception and watch/subscribe it from the official site, the interest can motivate the author to further production.
I guess that much for this post, happy private Youtubing!
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