Youtube is owned by Google (or, more accurately, by Alphabet, which is the parent company that also owns google).
Google is evil.
I recently ran a scan of my site and found out that there are several third party cookies being set as a result of posting embedded youtube videos. Sorry about that…didn’t think about it.
Personally I stopped using youtube very soon after they got bought by Google. My videos are all stored locally and when I embed them into a post, I use a locally served, open source engine to do it. No spying on you from my videos.
But many content creators still use youtube because they can monetize their videos there. I’ve never engaged in the fantasy that this was ever anything other than a hobby for me, so that’s not a concern of mine.
I hope that readers of my blog are conscious enough about that kind of thing to have cookies blocked, or at least third party cookies, but I still don’t like the idea that unsuspecting people are being tracked as a result of coming here…so…two things:
First, I’ll not be embedding youtube videos on my site any more. If it’s on Rumble, or Bitchute, or one of the other privacy minded video sites, I’ll consider it, but if it’s a youtube video, at most I’ll link to a site that’s already got it embedded. I’ll never link to youtube. They belong to Google and Google is evil.
I’d prefer it if everyone on the right would just stop using youtube and move to something else, but my opinion is only that, my opinion, and has very little chance of being heeded by the big internet fish when they can make money from their youtube videos…at least until they’re demonetized or flat deplatformed.
But I digress.
Secondly, in addition to no longer embedding youtube videos in my posts, I’ll be going back through old posts and removing the embedded youtube videos that are there. If I can, I’ll post a link to the related info, but a lot of it is old and outdated anyway, so I’ll just delete the embed code.
Hopefully at the end of all that, you will no longer be exposed to tracking cookies from my site even from something as ostensibly innocuous as an embedded video.