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YouTube Rewind 2018 becomes site’s second-most disliked video

Image copyright YouTube Image caption The Rewind 2018 thumbnail image features various YouTubers including popular Fortnite streamer Ninja The annual recap touting “the videos, music and trends that defined YouTube in 2018” has become the second-most disliked video in the website’s history. YouTube Rewind 2018 has amassed over 6.8M dislikes at the time of writing, second only to Justin Bieber’s 2010 single Baby which was disliked over 9.7M times. But while Bieber’s dislikes came over the past eight years, YouTube was able to reach the milestone in just three days.…

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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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YouTube top earners: The seven-year-old making $22m

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Ryan’s earnings have doubled since last year A seven-year-old boy who reviews toys has been revealed as YouTube’s highest-earning star, raking in $22m (£17.3m). The estimate by Forbes magazine found that Ryan of Ryan ToysReview pipped Jake Paul by $500,000 for the 12 months to June. Videos are posted most days and one promoting a blue giant mystery egg bearing Ryan’s face has had more than a million views since Sunday. The Dude Perfect channel was in third place, making $20m, Forbes said. Ryan’s earnings,…

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PewDiePie in battle with T-Series for top YouTube spot

Image copyright Pewdiepie Image caption PewDiePie posts vlogs and video game commentaries. YouTuber PewDiePie is battling Indian channel T-Series in a bid to retain his status as the YouTuber with the most subscribers. One fan hacked 50,000 printers over the weekend to print out a message urging people to subscribe to his channel. Both channels have more than 73 million subscribers, with PewDiePie currently in the lead by about 300,000. T-Series shares Bollywood film trailers and music videos, while PewDiePie posts video game commentaries and vlogs. The anonymous printer hacker,…

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YouTube shifts to make new exclusive shows, movies free to users

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed YouTube icon is seen in front of a displayed YouTube logo in this illustration taken October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Ilustration SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – YouTube plans to make all of its future original programming available to users for free with advertising, as the video streaming unit of Alphabet Inc’s Google seeks a bigger audience for shows and movies that had mostly been restricted to its paid subscribers. The shift in strategy means YouTube Premium will no longer have exclusive access to original programs starting next year,…

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California fire conspiracies a hit on YouTube

Image copyright EPA Conspiracy videos suggesting that the California wildfires were lit by government laser beams have clocked up millions of views on YouTube. News site Motherboard found conspiracy theories and fake news topped search results and suggestions, when looking for clips of the California wildfires. It said YouTube had “not adequately stopped these conspiracy theories from blossoming on its platform”. YouTube said it has made a long-term commitment to tackle misinformation. At least 80 people have died in the fires which swept across the state of California in November.…

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‘Superwoman’ Lilly Singh to take a break from YouTube

Image copyright Lilly Singh Image caption Lilly Singh has gone from videos of tying turbans to global stardom on YouTube in a few years YouTuber Lilly Singh, also known as Superwoman, has announced she is taking a break from the video platform. The Canadian-born content creator is stepping away from YouTube after eight years for her mental health. She promised fans she will “be back happier and healthier” after her time off. A prolific and popular YouTuber, Ms Singh has over 14 million subscribers on her channels and is among…

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YouTube to label government and public-funded clips

Image copyright YouTube Image caption The labels will run below videos YouTube is starting to put notices below news clips that state if the video was produced using public or government funds. Labels were first applied to US uploads in February and now will appear below videos seen in the UK and Ireland. The video-sharing site said the labels would provide “greater transparency” about sources. The notices will mainly appear on videos produced and shared by public broadcasters. Public funds Videos produced and shared by the BBC are expected to…

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YouTube U-turn over Red Dead Redemption 2 suffragette clips

Image copyright Rockstar Image caption The suffragette is one of many computer-controlled characters who can be attacked in the game YouTube has restored several videos showing a women’s rights campaigner being killed in a variety of ways in the video game Red Dead Redemption 2. The platform had deleted the recordings on Wednesday and in one case had banned the clip creator involved. The action had represented its first such response to depictions of graphic violence within a mainstream game. But it now says that it made a “mistake” and…

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