YouTube discontinued its private messaging feature in July 2018, but there are still ways to message someone on YouTube if you want to stay in touch.
Business inquiry emails are a solid way around this issue, and provide another way to connect creators and viewers on YouTube.
Here's what you need to know about messaging someone through business inquiry emails on YouTube.
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YouTube may have taken away the private messaging feature in 2018, but you can still enable messaging, of sorts, by setting up business inquiry emails on your channel (or taking advantage of those on someone else's channel.)
Just keep in mind that these are only visible on the desktop version of YouTube.