Search Engine Land: YouTube just announced its 2023 class of #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund creators

Search Engine Land: YouTube just announced its 2023 class of #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund creators. “Earlier this year, YouTube announced a new fund aimed at helping black creators find dedicated partner support, seed funding invested into the development of their channels, and the opportunity to participate in bespoke training, workshops and networking programs. This week they named the first 30 creators for the 2023 class.”

New York Times: Twitch’s Relationship With Its Streamers Shows Its Cracks

New York Times: Twitch’s Relationship With Its Streamers Shows Its Cracks. “…Twitch has mostly maintained the good will of the streamers who are its lifeblood. But that has been changing, and streamers say they are increasingly worried that they’re being forgotten by the platform in the name of profits. More than a dozen star Twitch streamers have switched to YouTube in recent years, and the service risks losing more to other livestreaming platforms.”

The Manichi: Japan YouTuber Diet member’s prolonged overseas absence opens can of legal worms

The Mainichi: Japan YouTuber Diet member’s prolonged overseas absence opens can of legal worms . “Japanese YouTuber ‘GaaSyy,’ who was elected to Japan’s House of Councillors on the ticket of the NHK Party, remains overseas and has not attended Diet sessions, with reports earlier this year that he was residing in Dubai. The head of the chamber’s Committee on Rules and Administration has requested that he quickly return to Japan and appear in the Diet.”

WIRED: Success on Twitch No Longer Comes on Twitch

WIRED: Success on Twitch No Longer Comes on Twitch. “Burnout is inseparable from the platform’s identity. Streamers toil for the approval of audience and algorithm. Even Pokimane, one of the site’s famous faces, has had to take extended time off. Smaller streamers burn out too, anonymously: only an extraordinary few earn enough to make a living. Of the 6 million people who create content on the platform, more than 90 percent stream to fewer than six viewers; 25 percent of the top 10,000 highest-paid streamers make less than minimum wage.”

The Verge: How platforms turn boring

The Verge: How platforms turn boring. “At first, TikTok was exciting because there was culture that could only happen there. Now that on-platform culture is being overwhelmed by viral arbitrage, and the actual content is getting closer to what you see on every other network. As the platform gets bigger, it gets more generic, and there’s less to distinguish it from every other mass-market social network. This dynamic is larger than just TikTok.”

Doña Ángela: a Michoacán abuelita with over 4 million YouTube subscribers (Mexico News Daily)

Mexico News Daily: Doña Ángela: a Michoacán abuelita with over 4 million YouTube subscribers. “Doña Ángela lives in the town of Pablo Cuin in the Ario de Rosales municipality of Michoacán and she has become a viral hit by presenting homestyle Mexican recipes from her state’s regional cuisine and beyond. Her first video of how to make enchiladas verdes has had over 11 million views since it was published in 2019. Without a big production team, a fancy demonstration kitchen, and bevy of assistants behind the scenes, Doña Ángela’s kids film her on their cellphones as she cooks in front of her a large flat comal stove in a rural, wood-paneled kitchen.”

Front Office Sports: ESPN’s Newest Attempt To Target Younger Audiences

Front Office Sports: ESPN’s Newest Attempt To Target Younger Audiences. “ESPN is making a play for Gen Z by putting its social media might behind a new network of content creators, the network told Front Office Sports. The Worldwide Leader is launching ESPN Creator Network, a program that will provide up-close access to ESPN’s sports properties — as well as the company’s considerable resources — to up-and-coming content creators.”

WIRED: Anyone Can Be a VTuber. Here’s How to Get Started

WIRED: Anyone Can Be a VTuber. Here’s How to Get Started . “VTubers is short for Virtual YouTubers, but encompasses Twitch streamers who use a virtual avatar as well. Everybody can be Kizuna AI now, and there’s countless ways of doing so. If you’re looking for where to begin, many existing VTubers recommend starting from a basic and almost-free (or as low-cost as possible) way.”

BuzzFeed News: Kids Yell “Poop” At Alexa, And These Musicians Profit

BuzzFeed News: Kids Yell “Poop” At Alexa, And These Musicians Profit. “It’s not surprising that there are songs about the most basic of human functions — what is the point of art if not to unite us through shared feeling? But connecting these songs with their ideal audience (children who can’t yet spell) took a technological leap: voice-enabled smart speakers like Alexa.”

Straits Times: Popular Thai YouTuber flees abroad after alleged $77 million forex scam

Straits Times: Popular Thai YouTuber flees abroad after alleged $77 million forex scam. “A popular Thai YouTuber who claimed to be a successful forex trader has reportedly fled abroad after allegedly cheating thousands of investors out of two billion baht (S$77 million). Ms Natthamon Khongchak, better known as Nutty the YouTuber, defrauded over 6,000 victims, according to Mr Phaisal Ruangrit, a lawyer who campaigns to help fraud victims.”

WIRED: Nothing Is Protecting Child Influencers From Exploitation

WIRED: Nothing Is Protecting Child Influencers From Exploitation. “Children can now enter the public gaze of millions with as little as their first ultrasound scan. As early as 2010, studies indicated that a quarter of children had an online presence before their birth, curated by expectant parents. There is something deeply Kafkaesque about a child’s day-to-day existence becoming a vessel for logo-embroidered merch and licensing contracts. But whilst Jackie Coogan may have been able to take back at least a fraction of the money made from peanut butter tins with his face on them, the prospects seem bleak for today’s hashtag babies.”

NBC News: Twitch will allow partners to stream on other platforms now

NBC News: Twitch will allow partners to stream on other platforms now. “Twitch has lifted its exclusivity agreement and now allows partners to create live content for other platforms like YouTube and Facebook, NBC News has confirmed. Twitch partners, who must meet certain criteria to monetize their channel and access exclusive support from the platform, had been long bound to an exclusivity agreement that only allowed them to stream on Twitch.”

BBC: The sudden silencing of Guantanamo’s artists

BBC: The sudden silencing of Guantanamo’s artists. “Until the end of 2017, Guantanamo detainees were allowed to take their art with them when they were released, or give it to their lawyers to take out. The artists could bring their work to meetings with their lawyers, who would submit it along with their meeting notes to a team which vetted it for classified material or national security issues…. Then in late 2017, under the Trump administration, it became clear that art was no longer being allowed out.”

KnowTechie: YouTube Shorts will soon watermark videos just like TikTok

KnowTechie: YouTube Shorts will soon watermark videos just like TikTok. “This is similar to what you find on TikTok videos. You can tell that a video is from TikTok due to its recognizable watermark that hovers and moves on each video posted to the platform. Previously, YouTube creators could download and share their Shorts without any watermark. That’s now changing thanks to this new update.”