I followed the instructions found in this StackExchange post to disable the YouTube app on my phone.
Everything seemed to go well at first; the updates were uninstalled and the icon was hidden away to oblivion. However, a couple minutes later, I saw a notification that the YouTube app was being updated from the Google Play Store. Lo and behold, the app reinstalled itself and returned to its former place in my app drawer.
No matter how many times I try to disable the YouTube app, it just keeps coming back. Is there any way to permanently disable it?
I'm running Android 5.1.1 on an Xperia Z1 Compact.