UK outs extremism blocking tool and could force tech firms to use it

 The UK government’s pressure on tech giants to do more about online extremism just got weaponized. The Home Secretary has today announced a machine learning tool, developed with public money by a local AI firm, which the government says can automatically detect propaganda produced by the Islamic State terror group with “an extremely high degree of accuracy”. Read More

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Despite controversy, Logan Paul hasn’t done anything to be kicked off of YouTube

 Despite the controversy surrounding YouTube celebrity Logan Paul (thanks to a string of videos exploiting an apparent suicide and tasering a rat), the young media personality hasn’t done anything to warrant being kicked off of the platform that made him a star.
That’s according to chief executive Susan Wojcicki, who defended her company’s treatment of Paul’s video… Read More

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YouTube is expanding Red to more countries

 YouTube Red will expand its subscription service to as many as 100 countries, according to YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki . Speaking at Recode’s Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., Wojcicki said that YouTube will be looking to expand its Red service “to many more countries”. The subscription service first launched in October 2015 as a $9.99 subscription… Read More

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Unilever warns social media to clean up “toxic” content

 Consumer goods giant Unilever, a maker of branded soaps, foodstuffs and personal care items and also one of the world’s biggest online advertisers, has fired a warning shot across the bows of social media giants by threatening to pull ads from digital platforms if they don’t do more to mitigate the spread of what it dubs “toxic” online content — be it fake news… Read More

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YouTube suspends ads on Logan Paul’s channels after “recent pattern” of behavior in videos

 More problems and controversy for Logan Paul, the YouTube star who caused a strong public backlash when he posted a video of a suicide victim in Japan. Google’s video platform today announced that it would be pulling advertising temporarily from his video channel in response to a “recent pattern of behavior” from him.
This is in addition to Paul’s suspensions from… Read More

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Lino is launching to be a crypto YouTube with $20 million from China’s most famous seed investor

 YouTube on the blockchain is one of the holy grails of the crypto community. The new generation of video artists and their audience seem tailor-made for a blockchain-based distribution and restitution system — one that depends on micro-payments and digitally secured provenance. It’d also be a system that could get creators out from under the yoke of YouTube, Snap, and Facebook… Read More

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YouTube’s CEO promises stronger enforcement in the wake of controversies

 YouTube CEO  Susan Wojcicki took to the service’s Creator Blog last night to issue some broad goals for the year forward. The plans largely revolve around increased transparency on the company’s part and tightening enforcement — a pretty clearly reaction to multiple creator controversies over the past year and change, including, most recently, the suicide video posted by… Read More

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To fight propaganda, YouTube will now label state-funded news broadcasts in the U.S.

 YouTube today said it’s launching a change to its service that will offer viewers more transparency around where news broadcasters get their funding. According to a company announcement, YouTube will now add notices below videos that are uploaded by broadcasters who receive some level of government or public funding. “Our goal is to equip users with additional information to help… Read More

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Google’s data-friendly app YouTube Go expands to over 130 countries, now supports higher quality videos

 YouTube Go, a mobile version of YouTube built for emerging markets with features like offline viewing and nearby sharing, is today expanding to over 130 countries worldwide. This wider rollout will make YouTube Go available to a large number of people who want the ability to watch YouTube videos, even if they don’t have a good connection, or find themselves offline. The list of new… Read More

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YouTube TV’s app arrives on Roku

 The YouTube TV app is at last available on Roku devices, starting today. Google had announced earlier that YouTube’s live TV service would be coming to Roku and Apple TV in the first quarter of 2018, following a delay that saw it pushing the launch date back from year-end 2017. Until now, YouTube TV has been fairly limited in its support of living room devices compared with rivals,… Read More

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