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YouTube Star Calls 911 on Ex-Predator Host Hansen

He came knocking on Onision's door amid accusations of child grooming, emotional abuse

(Newser) - The alleged predators used to knock on Chris Hansen's door. Now he's knocking on theirs, and his most recent mark, a famous YouTube star, wasn't having it. The Daily Dot reports that the 60-year-old former host of To Catch a Predator now runs a YouTube channel called... More »

Loughlin's Daughter Has Something to Say

Olivia Jade Giannulli posts a fresh YouTube video

(Newser) - Olivia Jade Giannulli is back on YouTube. The daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli returned Sunday with her first video —called "hi again"—since her parents were indicted in March for allegedly taking part in the college admissions scandal, TMZ reports. They're accused of paying... More »

Son's Social Media Prank Leaves Mom in Tears

Jason Cleary, 12, let a friend set him on fire

(Newser) - A Michigan mom says it started with screaming. Tabitha Cleary's 12-year-old son, Jason, was visiting a friend's place Saturday when she heard the sound, NBC News reports. "So we came running out. That's when we saw his friend Bryce riding him on the bike with no... More »

YouTube Star: I'll Pay Family of Girl Who Died

Ms. Yeah calls it 'the darkest day of my life'

(Newser) - A YouTube star says she'll pay the families of two girls who engaged in a deadly experiment involving fire and alcohol, the BBC reports. The Chinese influencer, known as Ms. Yeah, apparently inspired them to replicate one of her videos, in which she heats up popcorn in a tin... More »

After Fans Protest, a YouTube Star Nixes a Big Donation

'PewDiePie,' accused in the past of racism, anti-Semitism, was going to give $50K to the ADL

(Newser) - YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, better known as "PewDiePie," seemed to want to rehab his image after people accused him of putting up racist and anti-Semitic content on his channel. And so the 29-year-old Swede vowed earlier this week to donate $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League, an anti-hate... More »

He's 7, Makes Millions on YouTube. Now, an FTC Complaint

Ryan ToysReview accused of deceptively advertising to kids

(Newser) - The world's highest-earning YouTube star is in hot water, or at least his family is—because the star himself is just seven years old. The Ryan ToysReview channel, which earned its young star an estimated $22 million last year, has been accused by consumer watchdog Truth in Advertising of... More »

YouTube Fined $170M for Violating Kids' Privacy

Google's video site accused of collecting kids' data without parental consent

(Newser) - Google's video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children's personal data without their parents' consent, the AP reports. The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $136 million, and the company will pay an additional $34 million to New York state to resolve similar... More »

She Found No Diamonds for an Hour. Then She Went to YouTube

Miranda Hollingshead scores big at Crater of Diamonds

(Newser) - A first-time visitor to Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park turned to YouTube for help in finding a gleaming rock and, almost immediately, spotted one. After searching through the dirt for about an hour on a spur-of-the-moment family outing on Aug. 16, Miranda Hollingshead of Bogata, Texas, sat down in... More »

YouTube's 'King of Random' Dead at 38

Jonathan Grant Thompson, known for wacky science experiments, dies in paragliding accident

(Newser) - Known for his "mad science" experiments on a YouTube channel with more than 11 million subscribers, Jonathan Grant Thompson was a sort of online "combination of Bear Grylls and MacGyver," per the Washington Post . Fans are now mourning the YouTube star known as "the King of... More »

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Hits Big Milestone on YouTube

Becomes the first music video released prior to the 1990s to garner more than 1B views

(Newser) - We all know "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a timeless classic, and a new milestone for the song proves just how unendingly popular it really is: Queen's 1975 hit just became the oldest music video to garner more than a billion views on YouTube, Fox News reports. It's the... More »

YouTube Star Dead at 35

Emily Hartridge was only 35

(Newser) - British YouTuber and TV presenter Emily Hartridge died Friday in London when her e-scooter crashed into a truck, CNN reports. The 35-year-old's death was announced on her Instagram page: "This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting... More »

Google Workers to SF Pride: Boot Google From Parade

Over company's handling of hate speech online

(Newser) - About a hundred Google employees are asking San Francisco to boot the tech giant from the city's annual Pride parade over the company's handling of hate speech online. "We have spent countless hours advocating for our company to improve policies and practices regarding the treatment of LGBTQ+... More »

YouTube Star Found Dead After Alarming Video

Desmond Amofah, aka Etika, was 29

(Newser) - YouTube star Etika was last heard from Wednesday night when he posted a since-deleted video to one of his channels that appeared to express suicidal thoughts. On Monday, the 29-year-old's body was pulled from New York's East River, CNN reports. A backpack and phone believed to have belonged... More »

Researching YouTube Story Made Reporter 'Physically Ill'

Videos of young girls were inappropriately recommended

(Newser) - Earlier this year, YouTube made a change in policy designed to curb pedophiles—it disabled comments on most videos featuring children after learning that predators were making use of the comment section. Now, however, a report in the New York Times suggests that the pedophile problem is far from over.... More »

Not Surprisingly, a 'Baby Shark' TV Series Is in the Works

Viral preschool hit is apparently not going anywhere

(Newser) - Just when you thought we'd reached Peak Baby Shark, Nickelodeon has come up with yet another way to make sure you're never able to get the song out of your head. The network is developing an animated series based on the tune, though there's no word yet... More »

YouTube Bans Neo-Nazi Videos

As well as those touting white supremacism or denying certain historical events

(Newser) - YouTube is updating its hate speech policies to prohibit videos with white supremacist and neo-Nazi content, the AP reports. The video streaming company says it has already made it more difficult to find such videos, but it's now removing them outright. YouTube will also prohibit videos that deny certain... More »

'Heartless' Prank With Oreo Earns YouTuber Jail Sentence

Kanghua Ren, aka ReSet, filled cookie with toothpaste

(Newser) - A prank called "heartless" and "disgusting" has now earned its perpetrator jail time and a hefty fine. YouTuber ReSet—real name Kanghua Ren—has been given a 15-month jail sentence by a court in Barcelona, Spain, and has to fork over $22,300 to a homeless man after... More »

How a Popular Beauty Influencer Got 'Canceled'

James Charles lost 3M subscribers in one weekend

(Newser) - James Charles is, or was, one of the most popular "beauty influencers" around, amassing legions of followers on YouTube and Instagram—but he lost 3 million of those YouTube followers this weekend alone, thanks to a scandal involving gummy vitamins, NBC News reports . Charles, 19, got his start as... More »

A YouTube Giant Pleads for Popular Meme to End

PewDiePie says 'subscribe to PewDiePie' must stop after New Zealand shooter spoke of it

(Newser) - One lesser known fact from the New Zealand mosque massacres is that the gunman invoked the name of a popular YouTube star during the attack. "Subscribe to PewDiePie," urged the gunman, making use of a wildly popular online slogan. On Sunday, PewDiePie himself—aka Felix Kjellberg—posted a... More »

YouTube Suffers Big Fail on Notre Dame Fire

Fact-checking tool links it to 9/11 attacks

(Newser) - A new YouTube tool designed to curb crazy conspiracy theories may have inadvertently done the exact opposite on Monday. The site mistakenly linked the Notre Dame fire to the 9/11 attacks, reports BuzzFeed . The problem went like so: Various news outlets began putting live video feeds of the fire onto... More »

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