YouTube No Longer Suggests Videos on the Homepage if Watch History Is Turned Off ⇥ support.google.com
“Hazel” of “Team YouTube” on August 8:
Starting today, if you have YouTube watch history off and have no significant prior watch history, features that require watch history to provide video recommendations will be disabled – like your YouTube home feed. This means that starting today, your home feed may look a lot different: you’ll be able to see the search bar and the left-hand guide menu, with no feed of recommended videos thus allowing you to more easily search, browse subscribed channels and explore Topic tabs instead.
I received this change today and it is a pleasant update. My YouTube homepage no longer features rage bait, reaction videos, or body language experts — just a white screen, a search box, and a nag from YouTube for me to re-enable my history. This also applies to the YouTube iOS app, as you may expect.