Change to disallow framing

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Jeffrey Posnick

Jan 11, 2011, 4:30:01 PM1/11/11
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Hello YouTube API Developers,

This Wednesday, January 12, the web team will be
implementing a change to prevent websites from including the
website on their pages via an <iframe> (or <frame>). Following this
change, an <iframe> pointing to will cease to display
the YouTube web site, and instead will display a blank page.

While this change isn’t directly related to the YouTube API, we did
want to announce this change in advance on the off-chance any YouTube
API developers out there do include on their site’s
pages via frames. We also wanted to make clear that this change is not
meant to affect the official <iframe> YouTube video embed API
(described at,
which should remain fully operational. It is only intended to affect
non-embed API usage.

If you’ve been including on your pages because you
were not sure how else to embed videos, this YouTube Help article
details the official methods of embedding:

-Jeff Posnick, on behalf of the web team
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