Discord is starting to test a YouTube integration in its chat service that lets users watch YouTube videos together and create playlists. It comes just weeks after Google forced two popular Discord music bots offline, which caused a lot of anger among a lot of Discord users.
The new feature is called ‘Watch Together’. It is currently only available on a very small number of servers, including on the Discord Games Lab, where the company is testing other features such as Poker Night and Chess in the Park.
As you would expect, this gives even more data to Google and YouTube since it collects IP addresses, search queries, and more, although it states that it won’t have access to any information that is relevant to your Discord account.
YouTube will likely earn a lot of revenue from Discord users thanks to this new feature. Users were forced to use third-party bots until now to listen to music in Voice channels. This, however, made Google very angry since these bots prevented the company from playing ads, which is why it sent a legal cease and desist letter to “Groovy Bot” in August, and it’s also the same reason why it shut down “Rythm bot” earlier this month. We’ll have to wait and see how this feature develops over time and whether other services will create similar integrations to watch movies together. Spotify already allows users to listen to the same track together at the same time.