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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 »

He Trained Girlfriend's Pug to Do Nazi Salute, Now Has to Pay

Markus Meechan, 30, fined about $1,100

(Newser) - He says he was just trying to annoy his girlfriend; a Scottish court decided in March it qualified as a hate crime. Now, Markus Meechan will have to pay roughly $1,100 over the video he posted in April 2016 that showed his girlfriend's pug making a Nazi-like salute.... More »

Police: YouTube Shooter's Father Didn't Warn Us

They dispute Nasim Aghdam's father's account, say he didn't warn of violence

(Newser) - The father of YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam says he warned authorities she was upset with the company and might be heading there—but police say her family gave them no warning she might commit violence. The news comes as more details of the Tuesday shooting, in which Aghdam injured three... More »

Father: YouTube Shooter 'Hated' Company's Policies

He says he warned police about Nasim Aghdam

(Newser) - The vegan activist believed to have opened fire at YouTube's headquarters Tuesday "hated" the company because it had stopped paying her for videos, her father says. Ismail Aghdam, father of Nasim Aghdam, tells the Bay Area News Group that he reported his daughter missing on Monday and warned... More »

Report: YouTube Shooter Was Vegan Activist

Nasim Aghdam complained site was stifling traffic

(Newser) - The woman who opened fire at YouTube's Silicon Valley headquarters Tuesday was a vegan activist angry about how her videos were being treated, according to law enforcement sources. The sources have identified the shooter—who injured at least three people before apparently killing herself—to the San Francisco Chronicle... More »

Female Active Shooter at YouTube HQ Is Dead: Police

4 others were injured in the San Bruno, California, incident

(Newser) - The active shooter at YouTube's Silicon Valley headquarters Tuesday was a woman and is dead, police say. At least four others were injured in the incident in San Bruno, located near the San Francisco airport in northern California's Bay Area. The suspected shooter was found dead on the... More »

Teen 'Condom Challenge' Is Risky, Parents Warned

Even YouTube is pulling their videos

(Newser) - A teenager stuffs a condom up her nose and pulls it out her mouth, all on video to garner online attention. What could go wrong? That's what media outlets are asking after educators in San Antonio, Texas, visited schools to warn parents about the "Condom Snorting Challenge,"... More »

In-N-Out Burger Files Legal Action Against YouTube Prankster

He claimed to be CEO, demanded food

(Newser) - In-N-Out Burger isn't laughing about a YouTube prankster who claimed to be the company's CEO making a surprise visit. The burger chain has gone to court to seek a restraining order against prankster Cody Roeder, whose videos appeared on his popular "Trollmunchies" YouTube channel, the OC Register... More »

YouTube Announces Big Change for Gun Videos

Ban on videos about selling, making guns goes into effect next month

(Newser) - InRange TV is removing its collection of gun-related videos from YouTube and heading for the greener pastures of ... a pornography website? “PornHub has a history of being a proactive voice in the online community, as well as operating a resilient and robust video streaming platform," Bloomberg quotes InRange... More »

'Keyboard Cat' Has Tickled His Last Ivory

Internet sensation Bento has died at age 8

(Newser) - An online memento to Bento is how many fans found out some sad news late last week about one of the internet's most famous cats. People reports that a six-minute tribute to the renowned "Keyboard Cat" was posted Friday, announcing the musically inclined feline's death on March... More »

Unusual Sentence Greets YouTuber Who Killed Beau

Mother of 2 Monalisa Perez to serve 180 days in jail in 10-day increments

(Newser) - A woman who fired a handgun aimed at her boyfriend, whose only protection was a thick book , will serve just 180 days in jail following his June death. A Minnesota judge approved a deal in which 20-year-old mother of two Monalisa Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in exchange for... More »

Suit: Google, YouTube Had Quotas for 'Diversity Candidates'

Arne Wilberg says recruiters were discouraged from working to hire white, Asian men

(Newser) - A former YouTube employee is suing parent company Google, for which he worked for a total of nine years, alleging that he was fired for refusing to adhere to hiring practices that discriminated against white and Asian males. Per the Wall Street Journal , Arne Wilberg served as a Google recruiter... More »

Vlogger Says He Warned FBI of 'Nikolas Cruz' in September

Bureau was unable to determine the identity of the YouTube commenter

(Newser) - It was a foreboding comment then and an especially eerie one now: "I'm going to be a professional school shooter" was posted to a YouTube video by a user named "Nikolas Cruz." Ben Bennight, the 36-year-old vlogger who'd uploaded the video, was alarmed enough that... More »

YouTube Stars Awake to Terrifying Ordeal

'Disturbed' fan with gun searched Megan Turney and Gavin Free's home while they hid in closet

(Newser) - It's their job to attract viewers. YouTube personalities Megan Turney and boyfriend Gavin Free just never expected one would turn up at their house with a gun. That's precisely what police say happened late last month in Austin, Texas. According to police documents, Turney and Free awoke to... More »

So Close, Yet So Far: The YT Record That SpaceX Launch Almost Broke

The numbers weren't that close, but Tuesday's livestream is YT's 2nd-most-viewed video ever

(Newser) - An impressive 2.3 million people were at one time tuned in to SpaceX's livestream of its Falcon Heavy launch Tuesday, meaning Elon Musk now has another achievement under his belt in addition to sending "Starman" into space in his cherry-red convertible. The livestream was the second biggest... More »

Logan Paul Gets His First 'Strike' From YouTube

Star hears his fate for posting suicide video

(Newser) - After more than a week, YouTube has revealed the punishment star vlogger Logan Paul will receive for posting a video of a suicide victim in Japan . Paul, who laughed and joked about the dead man during the widely condemned video, will have his channels removed from the Google Preferred platform,... More »

YouTube User Loses Right to Make Money Off Static

Musician hit with multiple copyright infringement claims over 10 hours of white noise

(Newser) - What should have been a soothing video has actually turned into a bit of a headache for a music technologist and professor from Australia, Gizmodo reports. Sebastian Tomczak created 10 hours of white noise—it sounds like your everyday static—and uploaded it to YouTube in 2015. "The video... More »

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