As of August 2023, links in Shorts comments, Shorts descriptions, and the vertical live feed are no longer clickable, and this change also applies to pinned comments. It's important to note that this adjustment does not impact long-form video descriptions or comments, archived live streams, or live streams viewed outside the vertical live feed, such as those on desktop.
As part of YouTube’s ongoing efforts to maintain a secure and transparent environment, they will be removing the clickable social media icons from all channel banners. This decision is motivated by the need to prevent the dissemination of potentially misleading links.
One of the changes YouTube is introducing is the addition of prominent clickable links on channel pages, both mobile and desktop viewers will see these links displayed near the 'Subscribe' button on your channel profile.
YouTube recognises that clickable links play a crucial role in connecting Shorts audiences to other types of content, like long-form videos. YouTube is now rolling out a safer method for creators to guide viewers from Shorts to their other YouTube content.
To ensure a seamless transition, we recommend you do the following:
- Evaluate your current use of links in pinned comments and descriptions and assess how the new channel profile links can complement your linking strategy.
- Review and update the links on your channel page. Your primary link will be prominently featured in the profile section near the subscribe button. Consider utilising links that you previously placed in pinned comments and ensure they adhere to YouTube's Community Guidelines.