Block Specific Youtube Channel

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Overview

Prevent users to access specific YouTube Channel like 'T-Series'.

Note : Blocking of Specific YouTube channel and allowing all the other youTube videos is a hypothetical scenario. YouTube website is not designed for such hypothetical situation. However, this how-to will demonstrate to block a specific YouTube Channel and one of its playlist videos.

Prerequisites

  • HTTPS Inspection should be enabled in SafeSquid. If not enabled, you can check our document - How to enable HTTPS Inspection
  • You need the YouTube Channel-ID and List-ID. You have to extract Channel-ID and List-ID from YouTube URL before creating rules in SafeSquid.

Policy Creation

We can achieve the above by following steps –

Extract Channel-ID from Youtube Channel

1. Open the Youtube channel you want to block. Here T-Series channel is taken as an example.
  Here you will get Channel-ID from the referer URL. Channel-ID is the preceding portion of the URL after 'channel/' part. Save this part on notepad for reference.

 T-Series Channel URL : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq-Fj5jknLsUf-MWSy4_brA
 Channel-ID: UCq-Fj5jknLsUf-MWSy4_brA
 For List-ID extraction click on PLAY ALL link on the page as shown below.
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Extract List-ID from Youtube Channel

2. Extract List-ID from any of the subsequent URL.
  List-ID is the preceding portion of the URL after '&list=' part. Save this part on notepad for reference.

 T-Series Channel subsequent URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgKdXLfxgQQ&list=PL9bw4S5ePsEE2KMw53rY40A00t4I-otqy
  List-ID: PL9bw4S5ePsEE2KMw53rY40A00t4I-otqy
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 You will find every Video in the list contain List-ID of the channel.
 T-Series Channel subsequent URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FjuBvzF1E4&index=2&list=PL9bw4S5ePsEE2KMw53rY40A00t4I-otqy
  List-ID: PL9bw4S5ePsEE2KMw53rY40A00t4I-otqy
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3. After extracting the Channel-ID and List-ID we have create policies in SafeSquid.
  Go to SafeSquid Web-GUI and click on Configure to create Policies.
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Create Policy in Request Types Section

4. Click on Custom Settings to open Request Types Section.
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6. Make sure the Global of Request Types Section is Enabled to True.
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7. Click on Request Types tab to create new policy.
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8. Add Youtube Channels in Request Types Field. Create new Request Profile as T-SERIES CHANNEL in Added Request Types Field.
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9. You have to add Channel-ID and List-Id in File Field. You have already saved them in notepad for you reference. Refer to Channel-ID extraction and List-Id extraction.
  Here for T-Series channel we added  (UCq-Fj5jknLsUf-MWSy4_brA|PL9bw4S5ePsEE2KMw53rY40A00t4I-otqy) in File Field.
  Save the Policy created.
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Create Policy in Access Profiles Section

10. Go to Access Profiles section.
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11. Edit the Default Policy already created in SafeSquid named BLOCK YOUTUBE CHANNELS. Select T-SERIES CHANNEL in Request Types Field. Set Action Field as DO_NOT_BYPASS.
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12. Save the policy created in Access Restrictions.
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Test the Youtube Channel Blocked

13.  Now try to open the Youtube Channel of T-Series https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq-Fj5jknLsUf-MWSy4_brA.
  All the Youtube channel of T-series will be blocked and Access block Template will be shown.
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 If you try to open any of the subsequent Youtube videos of T-Series Channel like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgKdXLfxgQQ&list=PL9bw4S5ePsEE2KMw53rY40A00t4I-otqy
 It will be blocked and Access block Template will be shown.
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Note :

  • This configuration will work only for videos sourced from the channel page and not from the feeds links or YouTube Videos embedded in website.
  • To block every videos of any specific YouTube Channel you have to insert List-ID's (of every playlists in that channel) and file part (of each individual unlisted videos) of URL in the File field of Request Types Section.