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.
The changes are not yet integrated into the mainline, and that's why I'm writing here.
If you're interested, you can try out the new interface and check if I didn't forget to mention something, the developer is very responsive and serious about the issue.
You can either engage directly in the pull-request discussion:
or write your suggestions to me if you don't have a GitHub account and don't want to create one.
Now, on the topic of how to try the new version.
There are no official binaries for this as of now, since the PR was not merged yet.
If you have node.js and git installed, you can however create them yourself:
$ git clone https://github.com/jasonhenriquez/FreeTube
$ cd FreeTube
$ git switch improve-accessibility
$ npm install
$ npm run build
The binaries should be located in the build folder.
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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