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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 »

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 »

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