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He Asked Young Fans to 'Prove' Themselves. Now, a Guilty Plea

Austin Jones could see 20 years on child porn charges for enticing girls to send explicit videos

(Newser) - A YouTube star indicted in 2017 on child pornography charges pleaded guilty to one count Friday, admitting he lured six young teens into making and sending him explicit videos in which they danced provocatively, talked about how old they were, and showed their genitals, breasts, and anuses to him at... More »

Guy's Crazy Stunt Gets Him Banned From Cruise Line

Video shows Nick Naydev leaping off 11th deck of docked ship

(Newser) - Maybe the only sane thing about a man's leap from the 11th deck of a cruise ship is that the ship was docked at the time. Nick Naydev, a 27-year-old from Vancouver, Washington, posted video to Instagram showing him leaping off Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas into... More »

YouTube Addresses Your Asinine, Dangerous Challenges

Site bans 'pranks with a perceived danger of serious physical injury'

(Newser) - A minor accident caused when a teen allegedly tried to drive with her eyes covered , in imitation of scenes from Netflix's Bird Box, was apparently just the start. Per the Verge , YouTube's Tide Pod challenge has given way to the Bird Box challenge, in which users film themselves... More »

Kids Song 'as Infectious as Anthrax' Is Climbing the Charts

You'll be hearing 'Baby Shark' in your head all weekend now

(Newser) - If you're a fan of fins, or under the age of 5, you'll be pleased with one of the Billboard Hot 100's newest hits. Otherwise, you'll likely just be fascinated at how "Baby Shark," a children's song about sharks, is now making its... More »

YouTube Bans Proud Boys Founder

Gavin McInnes blames 'concerted effort'

(Newser) - Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes has been kicked off another website—but it's not because of his far-right beliefs, according to YouTube. A notice on the Canadian's account, which had around 221,000 subscribers, states that it has been terminated because of multiple claims of copyright infringement, CNET... More »

Highest-Paid YouTube Star Is a First-Grader

Ryan of Ryan ToysReview made $22M in a year

(Newser) - This year's highest-paid YouTube star made $22 million in one year by playing with toys. Ryan of the channel Ryan ToysReview is a 7-year-old first-grader who, yep, opens, plays with, and reviews toys in his super-popular videos; he has more than 17.3 million followers. (His family also runs... More »

Guy's First Hang-Gliding Flight Is 134 Terrible Seconds

Instructor forgets to attach man's harness to glider, he has to hang on

(Newser) - The first day of a Florida man's Switzerland vacation got a bit more adventurous than he had planned when a hang-gliding ride went horrifyingly awry. Chris Gursky's instructor failed to attach his harness to the glider, so Gursky had to hold on for dear life for 2 minutes... More »

PewDiePie About to Lose Crown as YouTube King

Indian music channel will soon have more subscribers

(Newser) - PewDiePie's long reign as the king of YouTube is about to come to an end. The Swede, who turned 29 on Wednesday, has had the most popular channel on YouTube since 2013, but he is just days away from being overtaken by T-Series , a Mumbai-based entertainment company that posts... More »

'Terrifying' Doll Gets Spotify Ad Banned

Even 'Havana' couldn't keep a UK watchdog group from banning it

(Newser) - Spotify's latest ad features a catchy popular pop tune and "a medley of horror film tropes" in the lead-up to its final tagline, per NPR : "Killer songs you can't resist." But it's just that horror theme, along with what Billboard calls a "terrifying... More »

YouTube Suffers Worldwide Outage

'Please don't call 911,' Philadelphia police say

(Newser) - It wasn't just you: YouTube suffered a worldwide outage Tuesday night that lasted around two hours. The site tweeted around 9pm to thank users for their "reports about YouTube, YouTube TV, and YouTube Music access issues," and announced it was back at 11pm, CBS News reports. There... More »

Female Shooter Was a Temporary Employee

26-year-old kills 3 and herself, wounds others, at Rite Aid distribution center outside Baltimore

(Newser) - News that a shooting left multiple people dead may sound depressingly familiar, but the one outside Baltimore on Thursday is unique in at least one way: The shooter was female. Police say the 26-year-old woman, who has not been identified, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Harford... More »

Inspirational Social Media Star Claire Wineland Dead at 21

She suffered from cystic fibrosis, suffered a stroke after lung transplant

(Newser) - A young social media star who inspired legions of fans with her optimism despite a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis has died at 21—a week after receiving a new set of lungs in a transplant, reports People . Claire Wineland suffered a stroke soon after the Aug. 26 transplant, and... More »

So What Exactly Is 'Shadow Banning'?

Trump says White House will look into whether Twitter is treating conservatives unfairly

(Newser) - President Trump said Thursday the White House will look into complaints that Twitter is treating conservatives unfairly by limiting their voice on the platform. "Twitter 'SHADOW BANNING' prominent Republicans," he tweeted . "Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.... More »

His Cover of a Hank Williams Song Went Viral. Now, a Record

11-year-old Mason Ramsey, who yodeled in a Walmart, drops 'Famous' on July 20

(Newser) - It was only a matter of time—just a couple of months, actually—before a preteen boy captured in a viral video yodeling in a Walmart put out a record. Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old whose version of a Hank Williams classic has been watched more than 50 million times on... More »

They Sought Adventure, Died While Pursuing It

Travel vloggers die in fall from BC waterfall

(Newser) - Three Canadians who shared their love of travel with 1.1 million subscribers on Instagram and another 500,000 subscribers on YouTube died this week after tumbling over a waterfall. The content creators for High on Life were swimming in a rock pool above Shannon Falls near Squamish, BC, around... More »

Videos Released of Fatal YouTube Stunt

Minnesota teen begged her boyfriend not to do it

(Newser) - A Minnesota teen wept and begged her boyfriend to abandon a YouTube stunt, but he wouldn't cave—and a little while later he was dead. Authorities have released transcripts , evidence , and videos showing Pedro Ruiz, 22, as he directs girlfriend Monalisa Perez to fire a .50 caliber handgun through... More »

YouTube Power Couple's Breakup Video a Phenomenon

David Dobrik and Liza Koshy praised for 'mature' handling of situation

(Newser) - It's 2018, which means that when a 21-year-old and a 22-year-old who have become YouTube stars together break up, they don't—they can't—do so privately. And that's how a six-minute video in which popular comedy vloggers David Dobrik and Liza Koshy tearfully discuss their split... More »

Cops: YouTuber Falsely Told Disney Hotel Guests of Shooter

Arizona's Dillion Burch was allegedly recording people's reactions for his channel

(Newser) - Police in Orlando say an Arizona man caused a panic at a Disney resort by going around telling people about an active shooter—all so he could record their reactions for his YouTube channel. Dillion Burch, 22, allegedly told residents at Disney's Contemporary Resort they had to evacuate in... More »

Fake Terror Attack Sends Shoppers Screaming

All to promote a film about the Islamic State

(Newser) - A new generation of YouTube stars are staging prank terror attacks in public and angering a few people along the way, the Guardian reports. On Tuesday men stormed a mall in Iran wearing black Islamic State garb and crying "Allahu Akbar"—causing some shoppers to scream in terror... More »

Video of Him Vanishing Has Been Watched Millions of Times

Lars Mittank sprinted out of a Bulgarian airport and into the ether on July 8, 2014

(Newser) - Lars Mittank spent the first week of July 2014 with friends at a Bulgarian beach resort. He has spent the nearly four years since as one of YouTube's greatest mysteries. Kirk Pepi has the story at Mel Magazine . Pepi writes that the 28-year-old's holiday with his five former... More »

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