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Simple Design Changes Could Make YouTube Better for the Planet, Researchers Say

YouTube is where youngsters go for their Baby Shark fix. It’s where beauty bloggers rejoice as they unbox their new favourite lipstick. As it turns out, the website—my 3-year-old niece’s one and only true love—also contributes to climate change in a fairly significant way. Read More >>

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Travel Vlogger Finds Suitcase, Two Years Later Discovers It Probably Contained a Dead Body

In Sarah Funk’s YouTube video about Cyprus’ Mitsero Red Lake, her partner joked, “This is what murder episodes are made of.” He probably didn’t realise how spot-on he was. Read More >>

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Sri Lanka Blocks Facebook, WhatsApp After Easter Bombings Leave Hundreds Dead

After at least 207 people were killed and over four hundred more were reported wounded after a series of bombs went off at Easter services in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government has moved to block access to Facebook, TechCrunch reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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YouTube and Amazon Give Up Their Dumb Dongle Fight

After more than a year, it seems the ridiculous streaming video slap fight between Amazon and Google is now mostly over thanks to the return of the YouTube app on Fire TV devices and support for Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast devices. Read More >>

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YouTube Music is Now Free on Google Home Speakers

Google and YouTube announced today that YouTube Music is now free to listen to on Google Home speakers, albeit with ads. Read More >>

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YouTube’s CEO Responds to its Bad Content Problem, Exposes the Core of its Platform Problem

Seemingly with each passing week, YouTube faces another content moderation problem. And despite the companies own efforts at moderating its platform, it can’t seem to get its hands around the problem. Read More >>

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The Internet Is Fascinated by the Black Hole News, so Naturally, YouTube Is Recommending Space Conspiracy Theory Videos

The most popular thing on the Internet on Wednesday was the first-ever image of a black hole. It was everywhere and for good reason: this is a historic moment, it reinforces Einstein’s theories and it’s something that’s difficult to wrap your head around. Read More >>

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YouTube Has Plans for Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Shows – But Don’t Expect Bandersnatch

Well, folks, it appears the inevitable choose-your-own-adventure-style YouTube programming may soon be coming to a channel near you. Read More >>

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New Australian Law Threatens Prison for Tech Execs Who Allow Violent Content on Their Platforms

In the wake of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last month, Australia is putting major pressure on Big Tech to prevent the spread of hateful and violent content on their platforms, with a new law that threatens major fines and imprisonment. Read More >>

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YouTube Says ‘Extreme’ Videos Don’t Do Well—So What Do You Call These?

Editor's note: The original version of this post (as it was published on Gizmodo US) includes links to said extreme content. We decided it best to not include those for a variety of reasons.  Read More >>

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Parliament Readies Crackdown on Social Networks for Enabling Terrorism, Child Abuse, and Self-Harm

The British government is preparing to publish its plans to clamp down on social networks that distribute and promote harmful content. According to a leaked document, the proposed measures include enabling regulators to hold company executives personally liable in cases entailing negligence. Read More >>

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YouTube Product Chief: Extremist Rabbit Holes? What Extremist Rabbit Holes?

In a New York Times interview published today, Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, sought to debunk “some myths” about the platform’s alleged tendency to radicalise users through its recommendations algorithm. It could have gone better. Read More >>

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YouTube Brings Premium Discounts for Students to the UK, Fellow Kids

Students on the tea-drinking side of the Atlantic can now benefit from reduced subscription costs to YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium. The former includes ad-free and offline access to YouTube Originals, YouTube Gaming, and YouTube Kids for those of you still in your pyjamas at lunchtime. Read More >>

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This Site That Randomly Loads YouTube’s Most Unsearchable Videos Is Addictive as Hell

Do you miss the old days of YouTube? When the platform was dominated by random videos of people’s everyday lives; instead of movie trailers, commercials, clickbait, and lots of awfulness all vying for a place in your queue? A website called defaultfile.name manages to strip that all away by randomly playing videos that were uploaded to YouTube with the camera’s default filename—and I can’t click away. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Brad Smith Calls for ‘Industrywide’ Plan to Fight Extremist Content After Christchurch

Microsoft has called for the tech industry to set a uniform approach to violent, extremist content following the sickening massacre of Muslims attending mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand by a white supremacist earlier this month. At least 50 people were brutally murdered, scores of others were injured, and footage live-streamed on Facebook by the shooter went viral on a stomach-churning scale. Read More >>