Companies Halt YouTube Ads Following Reports of Commenter Paedophile Network

Companies are pulling their advertising campaigns from YouTube amid reports that a network of paedophiles is openly operating in the comments sections of videos of young children, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Disney and Nestlé are among those who have reportedly yanked spending after a YouTube video surfaced the ongoing problem. Read More >>

YouTube Updates Its Three-Strikes Policy—But Not the One You’re Mad About

Making bullshit copyright claims to get content removed from YouTube remains a tried-and-true way to screw with creators, which is why the company’s plan to overhaul its “three-strikes” policy sounds like the much-needed improvement users have been asking for. But confusingly, YouTube’s new policy update has absolutely nothing to do with copyright. Read More >>

How TV Pirates Accidentally Pushed a 25-Year-Old Indie Song to the Top of the Charts in Japan

Last week, an alt-rock mystery puzzled the music press. Almost 25 years after its release, the Dinosaur Jr. song “Over Your Shoulder” appeared at number 18 on Japan’s Hot 100 chart, beating out major new releases like Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” Read More >>

PSA: The Temperature of Boiling Water Has Not Changed

It’s that time of year again when it’s time to talk about the dangers of boiling water. Read More >>

YouTube Chrome Extension With Millions of Installs Pulled After Spamming Users With Ads

A popular extension has disappeared from Google’s Chrome Web Store days after it suddenly started spamming users with annoying pop-up ads. Read More >>

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You Can Now Play YouTube Music On Sonos Speakers

Sonos speakers are well known for being compatible with most of the music streaming services, but until today, YouTube Music subscribers were out of luck. Read More >>

YouTube Is Going to Bury ‘Borderline’ Content. It Won’t Tell Us What That Means

Last week in a company blog post, YouTube informed its approximately 2 billion users that it would begin to change how recommendations function, reducing instances of content that “comes close to – but doesn’t quite cross the line of – violating our Community Guidelines.” What defines “borderline” content, and who does the defining? That’s where things get hazy. Read More >>

YouTube Finally, Explicitly Bans Dangerous Pranks and Challenges After Bird Box Fiasco

YouTube has changed its policies in an attempt to cut down on potentially dangerous challenges and pranks, Engadget reported on Tuesday, updating its rules to explicitly ban them from the site. Read More >>

YouTube Idiot Jake Paul Appears to Run Through Traffic Blindfolded for Bird Box Challenge

Whether or not you liked Bird Box, Netflix’s apocalyptic December 2018 movie about an unseen phenomenon that drives people that witness it into suicidal or homicidal madness, it’s turned into a terrible meme. Mimicking a pivotal sequence from the movie in which several survivors make a perilous journey while blindfolded, people are making ill-advised viral “Bird Box Challenge” videos in which they do the same. Read More >>

Dual UPnP-Chromecast Exploit Allows Hacker to Hijack Devices, Force Any YouTube Video to Play

Hackers have discovered a bug that allows attackers to seize control of Google’s Chromecast media streaming player, making it possible to force the device into “playing any YouTube video they want – including videos that are custom-made,” TechCrunch reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

YouTube Responds After Failing to Credit Video From One of Its Own Creators in Tweet

YouTube appears to have found itself in hot water after it lifted an uncredited video from one of its creators and used part of the video for its own Christmas content on Twitter. Read More >>

Viral Video of Glitter Bomb for Package Thieves Exposed as Partial Fake

Remember that viral video of the former NASA engineer who got sick and tired of people stealing his packages? He built an impressively high-tech glitter bomb to prank the thieves and even lent the sneaky invention to friends so they could do the same. Well, it turns out that some of the video was faked by his friends. And the creator, Mark Rober, has apologised for the deception. Read More >>

Leaving House Derisked as YouTuber Banned from Theme Parks, Bridges and Buildings

YouTuber Ally Law, who made a name for himself recording videos of bantering derring-do in legal grey areas, has been banned from entering UK theme parks and TV studios, lest he disrupt processes and incur massive security and clean-up costs. Read More >>

YouTube’s Own Recap of 2018 Is the Most ‘Disliked’ Video of the Year

For eight years, YouTube has released end-of-year Rewind videos that showcase some of the platform’s top trends, music, and memes. The recaps feature some of the most popular YouTube personalities acting out cheesy scenarios in an extended musical video, and are generally accepted to be awful. This year’s rewind was so universally despised that it has become one of the most disliked video of all time on the network, second to Justin Bieber’s 2010 hit “Baby.” Read More >>

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The Original Star Wars Films Have Been Turned Into Animated Shorts

Star Wars fans who have kids that aren’t quite ready to sit down for multiple two-hour movies can rejoice today. Disney has announced Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, a series of animated YouTube shorts using original dialogue and sounds from the Star Wars films to introduce the franchise to a new generation. Read More >>