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Tolkien Fans Go Bananas Over Unearthed Soviet Version of LOTR

They're watching 'Khraniteli,' which aired just once on TV in 1991, with fascination, amusement

(Newser) - If you're a JRR Tolkien fan who can't wait for the next project based on his work , take a trip back in time to a bizarre, previously made adaptation you've likely never seen. A full 10 years before Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, the...

Alleged Mobster Covered His Face on YouTube Videos, Forgot His Tattoos

Tats were visible on cooking show of alleged 'Ndrangheta gangster from Italy, hiding in DR

(Newser) - Come for the pasta making, stay for the arrest. Since 2014, Marc Feren Claude Biart, a purported member of Italy's infamous 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, has been on the run from authorities in his home country after allegedly taking part in a Dutch cocaine trafficking operation. The BBC reports...

YouTubers' Prank Almost Killed a Guy. Now, Guilty Pleas

Alan and Alex Stokes escape jail, get community service and probation

(Newser) - Twin YouTube stars who were facing up to five years behind bars for a pair of bank robbery pranks have managed to avoid prison with guilty pleas. Against the objections of prosecutors, a California judge agreed to reduce the felony false imprisonment charge to a misdemeanor if Alan and Alex...

Popular YouTuber Faces a Reckoning
Sponsors Fleeing Popular
YouTuber After Allegations
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Sponsors Fleeing Popular YouTuber After Allegations

David Dobrik under fire after member of his Vlog Squad is accused of rape

(Newser) - His name is David Dobrik, and the 24-year-old has established himself as one of the most popular content creators on YouTube with his "Vlog Squad" colleagues. Now, however, Dobrik is fast losing sponsors and subscribers after rape allegations were lodged against a member of his crew, reports NBC News...

There's a Dark Side to the Viral Silhouette Challenge

Videos are being edited to better reveal their sometimes-naked subjects

(Newser) - The "silhouette challenge" is the latest viral craze sweeping social media sites like TikTok and Instagram, this one meant to empower women. Women post videos of themselves dancing, often partially or completely nude, with their bodies appearing in silhouette. Outlets like Cosmopolitan and the Sun explain how to copy...

YouTube Delivers Bad News to Trump, Giuliani

Site extends former president's suspension, as well as bars lawyer from monetization program

(Newser) - If former President Trump had hoped to get one of his online megaphones back soon, he might have to cross YouTube off his list. As the last major social-media platform to suspend the former president, six days after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the site extended that ban last...

YouTube Suspends Trump's Channel
Trump's YouTube
Channel Suspended

Trump's YouTube Channel Suspended

President is left with few social media options at this point

(Newser) - President Trump was dealt another internet blow Tuesday night when YouTube suspended his channel. The Google-owned company says one of the videos on the channel earned a strike under its policies, and the channel will be suspended for at least a week, at which point the decision will be revisited....

A 'Day of Reckoning' for Social Media

Trump banned from FB, IG 'indefinitely,' while social media sees a 'reckoning' in general after DC riots

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook locked down President Trump's social media accounts after inflammatory posts he made during a day marked by chaos and violence on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took things further. "The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that...

YouTube's Top Creator Goes to Incredible Lengths
YouTube's Top Creator
Goes to Incredible Lengths

YouTube's Top Creator Goes to Incredible Lengths

Jimmy Donaldson's videos can take months to plan

(Newser) - This year has been a crummy one for a whole lot of people. Jimmy Donaldson isn't one of them. A couple of weeks ago, he was named YouTube's Creator of the Year, and as Bloomberg explains, it's not an honor he stumbled into. Lucas Shaw and Mark...

Gmail, Google Did Not Have a Good Morning

Worldwide outage fouled things up for a wide range of Google Services about an hour

(Newser) - If you were trying to check Gmail somewhere between 6:30am and 8am Eastern on Monday, you might well have struck out. A worldwide outage brought the system largely to a halt before things started returning to normal just before 8, reports CNET . But it wasn't just Gmail. A...

Long After the Election, YouTube Makes Election Move

Will remove newly uploaded material that claims voter fraud, errors changed election outcome

(Newser) - More than a month after the presidential election, YouTube says it will start removing newly uploaded material that claims widespread voter fraud or errors changed the outcome. The Google-owned video service said Wednesday that this is in line with how it has dealt with past elections. That’s because Tuesday...

YouTube Cracks Down on Right-Wing Channel OANN

One America News Network suspended for a week after posting fake COVID cure

(Newser) - In what NBC News calls its "largest crackdown" against OANN, YouTube has suspended the right-wing news network for a week after it posted a fake cure for the coronavirus on its YouTube page. One America News Network's account has also been demonetized, and cannot earn money from ads...

YouTube Prank Gets Women Booted From Flight
2 Passengers Booted Off
Plane After First-Class Prank
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2 Passengers Booted Off Plane After First-Class Prank

Witness says woman squeezed under friend's seat before plane took off

(Newser) - An incident on an American Airlines flight got at least two passengers kicked off the plane, all supposedly in an effort to get views on YouTube. A witness to the incident last week in the first-class section of a flight headed from Dallas to Miami posted about it in the...

Steve Bannon Calls for Fauci's 'Head on a Pike'

His podcast account has been permanently banned from Twitter

(Newser) - Steve Bannon's podcast has been permanently banned from Twitter after President Trump's former White House chief strategist called for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Bannon, on his "War Room" YouTube podcast Thursday, was discussing what he thinks should happen should Trump...

This Is Now the Most-Watched Video on YouTube

With 7.04B views, 'Baby Shark' has officially beat out 'Despacito'

(Newser) - You had a good run, "Despacito." The 2017 music video by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee had been ruling the YouTube roost as the most-viewed video ever on the video-sharing platform, with 7,038,120,000 or so views as of Monday morning. Now, per the Guardian , that...

Suicide Video Prompts a TikTok Move
Suicide Video
Prompts a TikTok Move

Suicide Video Prompts a TikTok Move

Company suggests tech 'partnership' could help tamp down on harmful content

(Newser) - TikTok says "groups operating on the dark web" engaged in a "coordinated effort" to share a graphic suicide video across its platform. Now it's asking other social media giants for help. The video of a US man shooting himself was live-streamed on Facebook in late August before...

Will a YouTube Influencer Get a Second Chance?
They Made Their Adoption
Public, and Things Went Bad
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They Made Their Adoption Public, and Things Went Bad

YouTuber Myka Stauffer's decision to give up adopted boy has led to a massive backlash

(Newser) - In the bio for her YouTube channel , which has nearly 700,000 subscribers, Myka Stauffer describes herself as "a Mommy of 4 from Ohio and Married to My best friend." Unspoken is that until earlier this year, Stauffer and husband James had five children. The missing child is...

This New Music Video Is Smashing YouTube Records

K-pop sensation BTS is racking up millions of views per hour for 'Dynamite'

(Newser) - The South Korean K-pop group BTS has dropped its first all-English song and video on YouTube, with record-breaking results. The minute "Dynamite" debuted, somewhere between 3 million and 4 million viewers were watching it concurrently, which could wind up being double the previous record, reports Forbes . The old mark...

Viral Video Lands 'In the Air Tonight' Back Atop the Charts

Phil Collins' hit is No. 2 on iTunes sales chart

(Newser) - Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" was No. 2 on the iTunes song sales chart Tuesday, 39 years after it was released. Why? It's all thanks to Tim and Fred Williams, 22-year-old twin brothers from Gary, Indiana, who filmed themselves listening to the song for the first time....

Twitter Deletes Dicey Tweet Shared by Trump on COVID

'There is a cure,' woman in video claims, referring to hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - President Trump had been striking a more sober tone about the coronavirus of late, but on Monday night he retweeted a video making so many controversial claims that Twitter deleted it, reports NBC News . "Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy," Twitter said...

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