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AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over videos exploiting children

FILE PHOTO: An AT&T logo is seen at a AT&T building in New York City, October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File Photo (Reuters) – AT&T Inc pulled all its advertising from Alphabet Inc’s YouTube for the second time in two years after a magazine reported the platform displayed ads next to videos that showed the exploitation of children. “Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube,” an AT&T spokesman said in a statement on Thursday. The move comes just one…

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Bloodsports videos taken down from Facebook and YouTube

Image copyright YouTube Image caption YouTube said it had removed content that broke its policy guidelines but the BBC found some footage remains on the site Facebook and YouTube have taken down content promoting illegal animal bloodsports following an investigation by the BBC’s Countryfile programme. But both websites still host users who feature graphic videos and photos showing banned cockfighting and hare coursing taking place in the UK. Facebook did remove one user and said content “must respect local laws”. YouTube said it had removed all material highlighted by the…

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Man charged over online ‘pick up’ videos

Police have charged a man in connection with videos posted online that showed men trying to pick up women. The 37-year-old man was arrested following an inquiry into footage of men chatting up members of the opposite sex in the street that was posted to social media. Police said the man was expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 14 January. A report on the matter will also be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Source link

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YouTube stars under fire for ‘loot box’ videos

Image copyright Jake Paul Image caption YouTuber Jake Paul has responded to the controversy on Twitter, saying “Don’t gamble!” High-profile YouTubers have faced a barrage of criticism for promoting a ‘loot box’ website. Videos by Jake Paul and Brian “RiceGum” Le feature a company called Mystery Brand, which exchanges money for unidentified prizes. Other YouTubers say they have turned down similar sponsorship deals from the firm, offering $100,000 (£78,921). A spokesperson for the UK Gambling Commission told the BBC it “will be taking appropriate action.” PewDiePie hackers take over Google…

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How viral dance crazes became ‘the new music videos’

Loads of dance crazes have found fame on social media. From Drake’s In My Feelings, to Shaku Shaku, to The Floss – dance has been at the forefront of some of the biggest tunes of 2018. Here Bonnie Lister Parsons, CEO of dance company Seen on Screen, reveals exactly how viral dance crazes are now being used by top artists to sell their music. Video produced by De’Graft Mensah Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1…

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YouTube Rewind backlash sparks unofficial Best of 2018 videos

Image copyright YouTube Image caption YouTube’s official Rewind video is introduced by Will Smith YouTubers have taken it upon themselves to fix this year’s YouTube Rewind. The annual video, which claims to review the highlights of 2018, became the most disliked in the website’s history. It was criticised for not including enough content creators, with popular personalities PewDiePie, Shane Dawson and Logan Paul all notable absentees. Now many YouTubers have used their skills to fix the problem by making their own round-ups for 2018 – and showing YouTube what it…

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YouTube, under pressure for problem content, takes down 58 million videos in quarter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – YouTube took down more than 58 million videos and 224 million comments during the third quarter based on violations of its policies, the unit of Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday in an effort to demonstrate progress in suppressing problem content. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of users are seen next to a screen projection of the Youtube logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo Government officials and interest groups in the United States, Europe and Asia have been pressuring YouTube, Facebook Inc…

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Yanny v Laurel in top 10 trending YouTube videos of 2018

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionYanny or laurel – what do you hear? And why? Think back to May and there was just one question which dominated the UK – can you hear Yanny or Laurel? An audio clip went viral which divided the internet into two camps. Now YouTube has revealed a video of the sound has made it into the top 10 most trending videos of 2018 in the UK. Other videos on the list include Paul McCartney taking part in Carpool Karaoke – which…

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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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‘I use Snapchat to sell sexual videos’

Image caption Jodie Carnall describes herself as a “Snapchat Premium girl” Snapchat is being used to sell explicit images and videos online, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has found. Jodie Carnall says she makes £4,000 a month on the app, but it’s not without a cost to her personal life, and she has been subject to online abuse. “It’s like a proper business,” the 26-year-old says. “It’s like people that sing, or go and gig, or artists that sell their own paintings. I’m just selling pictures and videos of me.”…

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