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We've Become Obsessed With Sourdough Vids During Lockdown

Viewership of sourdough-tied content has spiked in pandemic, and David Lynch is now a weatherman

(Newser) - During the coronavirus lockdown, have you become obsessed with watching sourdough-related content on YouTube? This may sound oddly specific, but if you fall under that umbrella, you're definitely not the only one. CNET reports that between mid-March and the end of May, the average number of daily views of... More »

YouTuber Charged After Looting at Mall

Arizona police accuse Jake Paul of trespassing, not stealing anything

(Newser) - YouTuber Jake Paul is facing charges after videos emerged showing him present during the looting of a mall in Arizona. However, the 23-year-old is not accused of stealing anything from Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall on May 30. Instead, police charged him with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly, which are misdemeanors,... More »

Reflecting on Pain, Apple Adds to Donations

Other companies announce gifts to battle inequality

(Newser) - Apple will be donating money to combat discrimination, CEO Tim Cook said, but that's just the start. "We have to reexamine our own views and actions in light of a pain that is deeply felt but too often ignored," Cook wrote in a memo to employees after... More »

YouTube Star Embroiled in Controversy Over Looting Video

Jake Paul says he was just protesting, not vandalizing or looting

(Newser) - YouTube star Jake Paul on Sunday denied reports that he participated in looting an Arizona mall during protests against the death of George Floyd. The Guardian reports Paul was seen on video at the mall Saturday night as rioters looted and vandalized it. Forbes says some of the footage was... More »

YouTuber Under Fire Over Decision on Adopted Son

Myka Stauffer and husband give up son they adopted with special needs

(Newser) - A popular YouTuber has revealed that she and her husband made the wrenching decision to give up the now 4-year-old boy they adopted in 2017 from China because his special needs—including autism—proved too overwhelming. And now Myka Stauffer is taking heavy criticism online, with hashtags such as cancelmykastauffer... More »

15 Years Ago, This Was YouTube's Only Video

A lot has happened since Jawed went to the zoo

(Newser) - The most-viewed video on YouTube is currently "Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee" by Luis Fonsi, with more than 6.7 billion views. Fifteen years ago today, it was "Me at the zoo" by Jawed Karim—with one view. The 18-second video by the YouTube co-founder was the first video... More »

Video of Banned Gathering: 'We Don't Give a F---' About Virus

Rashaan Davis arrested, charged with defying Ohio's stay-at-home order, posting YouTube video

(Newser) - There's a stay-at-home order in Ohio, issued by Gov. Mike DeWine, that was recently extended through May 1, but some just couldn't resist the temptation of getting together for a Friday night street gathering—and at least one person couldn't resist recording it and uploading the video... More »

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 »

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