Google has recently changed it so that the proposed clip, where Google jumps you to a part of the video with the answer you're looking for, no longer takes you to YouTube.com. Instead, it overlaps a window, a modal, that plays the video in a black frame above Google's search results.
Here's how it works – search for related content such as (diving into a toilet) and you'll probably get this suggested clip from YouTube:
If you click on it now, instead of Google sending you to YouTube to watch the video, Google now uses a modal. It places the video in a black overlay and plays it above the Google search results.
This removes many of the YouTube creator methods to get subscribers, suggested videos & more. It clearly contains inline ads and this specific video, the maker has added its own watermark to the video. I assume if it was a video that wasn't from YouTube.com, Google would do the same and not bring you to your own domain for video playback.
Kristina Azarenk said that this again looks like stealing traffic:
Now what #YouTube videos & # 39; s are displayed in a lightbox on the desktop. Saw it once today but couldn't replicate it again.
Resembling #Google steals its own traffic 🙄
The videos & # 39; s in the carousel under the 2 search results were redirected to YouTube
cc @rustybrick pic.twitter.com/B8H7iH6dr6
– Kristina Azarenko (@azarchick) July 31, 2019
I'm pretty sure Google hasn't used the black modal overlay in the last 24 hours. But I don't know 100% whether it used to go to YouTube.com or just played in the search results box at the top of Google's search results.
Forum discussion on twitter.