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A Bunch of Companies Just Pulled Their Google Ads Over Racist Videos

Yet more companies are pulling their ads from Google and YouTube because of fears the ads would appear alongside offensive content, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

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YouTube’s Restricted Mode is Hiding Some LGBT Content

Anyone who’s ever visited YouTube and ventured into the comments knows that the site struggles with how to deal with offensive content, and now it seems one of its content filtering features might have gone a bit too far. Over the past few days, several LGBT vloggers have accused YouTube of hiding their material through the “Restricted Mode” feature. Read More >>

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PewDiePie Is Still Doing His Dumb Nazi Shtick 

Last month Felix Kjellberg — better known to his 54 million subscribers as PewDiePie — was dropped by his Disney-backed representation at Maker Studios and had his premium YouTube RED series due to his use of off-colour Nazi humour and imagery which many white supremacists interpreted as a dogwhistle. Since then, he’s learned nothing. Read More >>

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Father John Misty Sang About Oculus Rift Sex on SNL and I Couldn’t Close the Tab Fast Enough

I woke up to learn that Father John Misty was on Saturday Night Live last night. “Oh neat,” I thought to myself. I haven’t followed his career very closely, but I was a big fan of his 2015 record “I Love You Honeybear.” So I headed over to YouTube and fired up the first song he played last night, “Total Entertainment Forever.” I lasted roughly 8 seconds into the song before I closed the tab. Read More >>

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Jason Segel Is the Only Person Who Can Stop This Guy From Eating Paper Forever

Jason Segel — actor of How I Met Your Mother, Freaks and Geeks and Muppets fame — is in a unique position: he’s the only person alive that can save one very strange man from a lifetime of gastrointestinal discomfort. Read More >>

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YouTube Stars’ Defence of PewDiePie Is Bullshit

It’s been a rough week for YouTube’s biggest star. Felix Kjellberg — better known to his 53 million subscribers as PewDiePie — was dropped by Disney earlier this week after a Wall Street Journal inquiry regarding Kjellberg’s use of racial humour and Nazi imagery; yesterday YouTube itself cut his channel out of “Google Preferred” advertising. Big names on the platform are rushing to Kjellberg’s defence today. Read More >>

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YouTube ‘Bug’ Has Been Screwing Users Subscriber Counts

The trolls over on 4Chan’s politics board noticed a curious YouTube glitch this week that allowed them to drive down subscriber numbers on any channel their tiny hearts desired. Today, the Team YouTube Twitter account announced that uh, yeah, there’s a bad bug rapidly dropping subscriber counts. Read More >>

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YouTube Rolls Out Mobile Live Streaming And Monetised ‘Super Chat’

If you have over 10,000 subscribers on YouTube, you'll be able to live stream on mobile as of now. For the rest of us plebs, we'll have to wait a little while for the new feature - but we do have immediate access to the new 'Super Chat' feature. Which you'll have to pay for, and creators will earn sweet cash on the back of. Read More >>

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How to Turn YouTube Into the Ultimate Music Player

YouTube’s not just for toy dissections and mannequin challenges, it’s the world’s biggest jukebox too, though it may lack some of the refinements of your favourite desktop music player. Here’s how to queue up an endless list of songs you’ll love, old and new, without having to constantly search for and select each track at a time. Read More >>

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What 2016 Would Look Like as a Horror Film

This year has been pretty fucking horrifying. Dozens of our favourite celebrities died; a gorilla was shot dead in front of children at the zoo; and a former professional wrestling star was elected president. Read More >>

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Massive Drone Carries CNN Employee Into the Sky for a Ludicrous Ad

Casey Neistat was a vlogger. Now, he lives among the clouds. Read More >>

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YouTube Bans North Korea’s Propaganda Channel

YouTube recently blocked the channel of North Korean state television, due to American sanctions on the country. The ban could be a big blow to the country’s propaganda efforts—as well as those researching them. Read More >>

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Viking Larper Fights Ninjas With Odin In Funny Short Film

It's basically what you get when you combine Vikings with Geek & Sundry's LARP. Read More >>

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YouTube Is (Still!) Screwing Musicians

Earlier this week YouTube’s Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl penned a sunny blog post applauding his platform’s payouts to musicians—$1 billion derived from advertising in the past twelve months alone. That’s an objectively large sum. It’s also a devastatingly low figure compared to pretty much every other online music service. Read More >>