Technology 

YouTube deletes cheating videos after BBC investigation

Image copyright YouTube/Dan osi Image caption YouTube has a ban on all essay-writing adverts YouTube has deleted thousands of videos promoting academic cheating in the last week after a BBC Trending investigation. The videos all advertised essay-writing services, which can lead to serious penalties for students. Facebook and Google have been asked by a regulator to stop making money from adverts for these companies. All the social media companies say they are taking steps to discourage dishonest behaviour. Seven months after the BBC first exposed YouTube stars selling cheating on…

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Science 

‘Cheating’ gorillas show clever puzzle-solving

BRISTOL, England (Reuters) – Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a new puzzle game – cheating. The gorillas were presented with a wall-mounted device where the aim is to guide a peanut through a series of obstacles by poking a stick through various holes to move it along. Eventually the peanut reaches the bottom of the device and drops out. Some gorillas, however, figured out an easier way to retrieve the nut. “We’ve seen a lot of cheating behavior where…

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I found out my dad was cheating on my mum – but I couldn’t tell her

What’s it like when you think one of your parents is having an affair? Newsbeat’s been chatting to a 25-year-old who spent years suspecting his dad was cheating on his mum – going through feelings of anger, denial and sadness. He’s decided to tell his story, anonymously, to try and help others who’re going through the same thing. The phone on the bath I was 19, and had just got back from a festival. I went into the bathroom and saw a phone on the side of the bath. I…

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Man City and Paris St-Germain ‘are cheating and should be punished’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he “trusts the club” after recent allegations about their financial conduct Manchester City and Paris St-Germain “are cheating and should be sanctioned”, according to La Liga following financial conduct allegations. German news magazine Der Spiegel says City and PSG overvalued sponsorship deals to help meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. And it says that in 2014 the clubs negotiated with Fifa president Gianni Infantino, who was then general secretary of European football’s governing body Uefa, to agree reduced punishments. City say they will…

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My cheating boyfriend gave me HIV – here’s how I got justice

Image copyright Diane Reeve Diane Reeve didn’t expect to find love again after her 18-year-long marriage fell apart. But in 2002, at the age of 50, she did. It turned out, though, that her new partner, Philippe Padieu, was sleeping around – and had given her HIV. I’d kind of given up on love, but then a couple of people convinced me I was too young to do that and said I should get back out on the market – they suggested online dating. It was pretty brutal and I…

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Technology 

The YouTube stars being paid to sell cheating

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe YouTubers selling cheating: ‘Get an A on your paper – and you don’t even need to do it’ YouTube stars are being paid to sell academic cheating, a BBC investigation has found. More than 250 channels are promoting EduBirdie, based in Ukraine, which allows students to buy essays, rather than doing the work themselves. YouTube said it would help creators understand they cannot promote dishonest behaviour. Sam Gyimah, Universities Minister for England, says YouTube has a moral responsibility to act. He…

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YouTube stars’ fury as videos promoting cheating removed

Image copyright Patty Mayo Image caption Bounty hunter Patty Mayo’s channel has had multiple videos taken down YouTube stars are complaining after hundreds of videos containing adverts for an essay-writing service were removed from their channels. It follows a BBC Trending investigation which found more than 250 channels had YouTubers plugging EduBirdie. Many of the adverts urge students to use EduBirdie to hire a “super smart nerd” to write their essays. YouTube says promotion of essay-writing services is banned by its advertising policies. The adverts appear in the middle of…

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