Instagram Bows to Russian Censor’s Pressure, Will YouTube Be Next?

With fears of government crackdowns looming from every corner of the globe, tech giants have to decide who they’re willing to piss off. Following a demand from Russia’s internet censor, Instagram has removed videos relating to bribery allegations made by the country’s most prominent activist. So far, YouTube hasn’t complied with the same request. Read More >>

YouTube’s CEO Says Facebook Should ‘Get Back to Baby Pictures’

Facebook is reportedly trying to be more than just the landing page for conspiracy theories and election propaganda—it wants you to come for the videos, baby. It’s a play to rival YouTube, but its CEO, Susan Wojcicki, doesn’t seem too threatened. Read More >>

YouTube Red Will be Expanding to More Countries

YouTube Red launched in the US back in October 2015, and in the following couple of years it basically stayed that way. Over the next year or so it expanded to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea, but after December 2016 it just stopped - much to the frustration of anyone who wants to take advantage of the service here in the UK. Read More >>

You Know Logan Paul Is Gonna Keep Doing This Shit Forever, Right?

Logan Paul returned from the month-long hiatus related to his “suicide forest” video, which cost him his YouTube RED show and preferred advertising status. Paul made it a whole two days before doing something else reprehensible, and now the video platform has temporarily cut off all advertising to his channel. Read More >>

YouTube Is Very Sorry for Spamming Users With Logan Paul’s Stupid ‘Comeback’ Video

Yes, Logal Paul is back. Even if you’re not subscribed to his channel or interested in his varsity ice hockey meets self-help cult schtick, you might know that already thanks to YouTube. Earlier this week, the site decided to push a notification about Paul’s new video to scores of users who had never opted into receiving them. Read More >>

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12,000 Social Media Influencers, Mostly Women, Exposed by Marketing Firm Data Breach

More than 12,000 prominent social media influencers from YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and the gaming platform Twitch were exposed last month by a data breach at a marketing firm that pairs online stars with top brands seeking product reviews and endorsements, according to researchers at the security firm UpGuard. Read More >>

YouTube Will Warn Users When They’re Watching State-Sponsored Propaganda

Confirming an unusual screenshot which circulated last week, YouTube has officially announced its intentions to mark content from certain news agencies as “funded in whole or in part” by whatever state happens to be their patron. In short, the platform is calling out propaganda. Read More >>

It Took a Month For Logan Paul to Become The Real Victim

On Thursday, Good Morning America aired an interview with Logan Paul, in which the wayward YouTuber explained again how he messed up and he’s really, really sorry for posting a video in which he gawks and laughs at an apparent dead body in Aokigahara, known as the suicide forest. He’s learned tough lessons and maybe it was all supposed to happen this way because now he can use his fame to help others. Read More >>

Google CEO Says AI Is ‘More Profound Than, I Dunno, Electricity or Fire’

“AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on. It is more profound than, I dunno, electricity or fire.” Those words were not uttered from the lips of a stoned Gizmodo staffer, but said on a stage at a Recode- and NBC-sponsored “town hall” in San Francisco last month by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Read More >>

This Is DoubleDeckerAnton – My New Favourite Vlogger

One of the joys of YouTube if finding someone who offers a unique perspective - and then being able to go back through their videos and learn more about their world. And that's what I did over the weekend when I stumbled across a vlogger who calls himself DoubleDeckerAnton. Read More >>

Hackers Hijacking CPUs to Mine Cryptocurrency Have Now Invaded YouTube Ads

Cryptojacking is a relatively new malware issue that has gradually become a widespread problem. Bad actors are injecting a piece of JavaScript into websites and advertisements that harnesses a victims CPU to mine cryptocurrencies. The latest network to be targeted by cryptojackers is Google’s advertising service on YouTube. Read More >>

YouTube Is Asking Promoted Musicians to Sign Non-Disparagement Agreements

YouTube is asking musicians who have signed up for a new partnership programme in which it provides big-ticket funding for videos and promotional support to sign sweeping non-disparagement agreements, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

Watch the Slow Mo Guys Get Blown Up Like Action Heroes in Their Fancy New YouTube Show

Tired of waiting weeks for the Slow Mo Guys' latest experiment with their high-speed cameras? Over the next 12 weeks, the duo’s new Super Slow Show is going to deliver an almost daily dose of slo-mo goodness with bigger explosions, celebrity guests, and bigger risks, all recorded at thousands of frames per second. Read More >>

YouTube Doesn’t Think it Should be Regulated in the Same Way as TV

Following the Logan Paul video controversy earlier this month, there have been calls for YouTube to be regulated in the same way that more traditional TV channels need to be. However, YouTube has refused to accept that, on the basis that it's 'different', thanks to being an open platform that distributes content rather than having any kind of editorial input. Read More >>

Confirmed: Big Companies Can Still Make Money off Small Creators Kicked Out of Partner Programme

Last week, YouTube announced that they would be changing the entry requirements for their partner programme. While previously anyone with 10,000 lifetime views could become a partner and begin earning revenue, from 20th February, that threshold is being increased to only include channels with 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view time in the last 12 months. That's a massive increase. Read More >>