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YouTube Says It Will Crack Down on All Those Creepy Videos Targeted at or Featuring Kids

Google, along with fellow tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter has drawn increasing scrutiny this year over concerns that its “concentrated authority resembles the divine right of kings,” as the New York Times put it. In recent months, it’s faced stumbling blocks when it returned misinformation and conspiracy theories during crises like mass shootings and became embroiled in the ever-expanding Russian electoral interference scandal. But one particularly disturbing note concerned Google subsidiary YouTube and its YouTube Kids section, which everyone seems to have recently realised was promoting weird-ass, creepy content to children via algorithmically suggested videos and a seeming lack of moderation. Read More >>

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This YouTuber Spent a Month Training Like Batman For One Awesome Fight Scene

Batman is all about preparation. To become the caped vigilante, Bruce Wayne spent years of his life training and travelling the world, not to mention spending exorbitant amounts of money. A month of training isn’t the same, but it’s a start. Read More >>

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Don’t Let YouTube Babysit Your Children

Maybe it’s happened to you. You’re cruising around YouTube and then boom: a video of Spiderman hanging out with girls in bikinis trying to make Elsa from Frozen jealous and then the Joker appears, ready to fight. This would seem like a weird video to any sane adult. But the weirdest thing is that it’s actually made for kids. Read More >>

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Apple Reportedly Fires Engineer After Daughter’s iPhone X Video Goes Viral

Apple is very protective of its trade secrets, particularly unauthorised leaks of information about upcoming products. Case in point: The tech giant reportedly fired an engineer after his daughter recorded a video showing off features on a pre-release iPhone X at Caffè Macs, the company’s high-end employee cafeteria at its Cupertino, California headquarters, last week. Read More >>

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YouTube MP3 Converters Have Blocked UK Traffic, Apparently to Avoid Trouble

Despite the protests of the EFF, there are still people out there (particularly rights holders) who have an issue with sites designed to rip audio from YouTube videos. After the closure of YouTube-MP3 earlier this year, the RIAA promised action would be taken against a number of other, including MP3Juices.cc and YtMp3.cc. Read More >>

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Here’s a First Look at the Upcoming Stargate Web Series

When Stargate: Origins was first announced at Comic-Con this past summer, the news was a little underwhelming. A prequel series? Ten minute episodes? Exclusive to a new proprietary streaming platform? Now we can at least get a look at what’s coming. Read More >>

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A New Ad Campaign Seeks to Raise Awareness of YouTube’s Rubbish Takedown Process and Payments

It's no secret that YouTube, as a platform, is far from perfect. Just look at the comments section and you'll get a glimpse into that. It's not so good for the creators either, as a new set of ads aims to highlight flaws with the DMCA takedown process and just how little money they earn from the platform. Read More >>

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MP3 Stream Ripping Websites are Not Illegal, EFF Tells US Government

Ever since YouTube launched people have used it to host music, which rights holders tended not to be happy with. Then sites appeared that let people rip that music without the accompanying video, which rights holders were furious about. They've been doing everything they can to shut them down, including team up with the US government - something digital rights group EFF aren't too happy about. Read More >>

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YouTube Bans Some Gun Modification Tutorials, But Plenty Remain

Fifty-eight people were killed in the Las Vegas massacre last week, the deadliest mass shooting in modern history. Seventeen guns were found in gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel room, including a dozen that had been modified with a “bump stock,” an added part that allowed the guns to fire more rapidly. And up until today, anyone with access to YouTube could watch a tutorial on how to modify their guns in the exact same way. Now those videos are not allowed. Read More >>

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‘Jargon-Busting’ Social Media Guides for Teens Have Just Been Released

Terms and conditions on social media are crazy. Nobody reads them, and therefore have no idea what they're agreeing to hand over when they sign up. So now a 'jargon-buster' guide has been released by the Children's Commissioner to help teenagers and teachers work out exactly what they're getting themselves into. Read More >>

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EU Issues Strongest Warning Yet Demanding Tech Companies Crack Down on Illegal Content

The European Union is still not satisfied with how leading tech companies are handling the removal of illegal content online. On Thursday, it released a new set of guidelines for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft, giving them just months to shape up—or face unspecified future regulation. Read More >>

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Google and Amazon Got in a Fight and Now Users Are Stuck in the Middle

Watching YouTube videos on your Amazon Echo Show is no longer an option. On Tuesday evening, Gizmodo received a tip that Amazon’s personal assistant could no longer play videos from the Google service. And this morning, both companies are confirming that’s the case, but for different reasons. Read More >>

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Journalist Nearly Banned From YouTube and Gmail For Posting Al-Qaeda Videos From Chelsea Manning Trial

YouTube’s latest push to ban terrorist propaganda across its ubiquitous video platform is getting off to a rough start. Earlier this week, noted investigative reporter and researcher Alexa O’Brien woke to find that not only had she been permanently banned from YouTube, but that her Gmail and Google Drive accounts had been suspended as well. She would later learn that a reviewer who works for Google had mistakenly identified her channel, in the words of a YouTube representative, as “being dedicated to terrorist propaganda.” Read More >>

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Popular YouTube-to-MP3 Site Dies Under Crushing Weight of Record Company Litigation

The operators of YouTube-MP3.org, a popular website for turning the audio tracks of YouTube videos into MP3s, have agreed to shut down the site and hand over the domain to the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), a trade organisation representing US record labels and distributors. This predictable outcome comes after 15 of the world’s largest record companies filed a complaint in a California court. Poor little YouTube-MP3.org never had a chance. Read More >>