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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 »

Muslim Group Sues Facebook, YouTube Over Shooting Videos

French Muslims beat NZ group to the punch

(Newser) - A group representing Muslims in France is suing Facebook and YouTube over footage of the mosque shootings in New Zealand. The French Council of the Muslim Faith accuses the platforms, which raced to delete a livestream and copies that sprung up in the aftermath, of "broadcasting a message with... More »

Half Hour Passed Before Shooter's Livestream Was Flagged

More than 1.5 million copies sprung up in aftermath

(Newser) - Few people watched the live broadcast of helmet cam footage showing the Friday shooting at one of two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, according to Facebook. The 17-minute livestream had fewer than 200 views at its end, and no one reported it during that time. Facebook says the first user... More »

Loughlin's Daughter 'Never' Went to School

Olivia Jade Giannulli let the remark slip on YouTube

(Newser) - Already queasy over the college admission scandal? You might want a paper bag. Lori Loughlin's daughter not only said last year she was at the University of Southern California just to party—she joked in 2018 that she was "never" at high school, People reports. "I'm,... More »

YouTube Makes a Big Move Against Pedophiles

Suspends comments on almost all videos that feature kids

(Newser) - YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids—potentially affecting millions of posts on the site—after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children. The change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform as... More »

YouTube Reacts After Advertisers Balk at Pedophilia 'Wormhole'

This comes after video creator Matt Watson says he found depraved activity happening on site

(Newser) - Matt Watson says he may be leaving YouTube—and as a result of his detectiving, so are some big advertisers, at least for now. "Over the past 48 hours, I have discovered a wormhole ... into a soft-core pedophile ring," the video creator said in a clip posted Sunday... More »

Study: Most Flat Earthers Get Their 'Facts' From YouTube

'Their algorithms make it easy to end up going down the rabbit hole'

(Newser) - Researchers believe they have figured out why a growing number of people all around the world believe that the Earth is flat. Texas Tech University assistant professor of science communication Asheley Landrum says interviews with 30 "Flat Earthers" at conventions in 2017 and 2018 revealed that all but one... More »

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 »

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