Reclaim the Net: Patreon deplatforms censored video archive altCensored for “hate speech”

Reclaim the Net: Patreon deplatforms censored video archive altCensored for “hate speech”. “altCensored, a platform that archives videos that have been censored or limited by YouTube, has been booted by the fan-funding platform Patreon for ‘hate speech.’ The platform has received around 500,000 unique monthly visitors over the last year, according to estimates based on web analytics company SimilarWeb and altCensored’s server logs.” Platforms like altCensored do important work. YouTube content removal often leads to unintended consequences like removing evidence of war crimes.

Mashable: 5 gorgeous YouTube cooking channels that will soothe your soul

Mashable: 5 gorgeous YouTube cooking channels that will soothe your soul. “YouTube has a reputation for being filled with shouting streamers, terrible takes, and thinly-veiled bigotry, but it can also be a force for good. A less widespread but infinitely more nourishing category of YouTube content are the cooking channels, which feature people preparing gorgeous, presumably delicious meals. Yet among these there is an even more calming and aesthetically pleasing subgenre. I am referring, of course, to the tranquil, quiet cooking channels featuring humble meals made from scratch.” Watching the Liziqi channel is like watching a beautiful, calm movie.

BBC: The secrets of ‘food porn’ viral videos

BBC: The secrets of ‘food porn’ viral videos. “I’ve just watched a fresh turkey being covered in fragments of cheese-flavoured crisps and then stuffed with what looks like three kilos of cheddar. The video has more than four million views on YouTube. Call it a stunt, call it a travesty, whatever you make of it this is food – but not as you know it.” Unless you’ve ever been to a State Fair in America. And I have seen the video mentioned in the lede — well, I saw the Kalen Reacts video, and I agree with every exclamation of horror Kalen uttered.

Tubefilter: 8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year

Tubefilter: 8-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Reportedly Earned $22 Million On YouTube Last Year. “Ryan (and his co-vlogger parents) clocked $22 million in earnings last year, according to Forbes, which placed the first-grader at the top of its annual Highest-Paid YouTube Stars list. Forbes says it estimated Ryan’s pre-tax earnings from June 2017 to June 2018 based on data from influencer marketing platform Captiv8, analytics firm SocialBlade, and trade publication Pollstar, as well as interviews with industry insiders.”

TechCrunch: Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos

TechCrunch: Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos. “Facebook is faced with yet another content-related scandal, after The Times newspaper reported that people traffickers and slave traders are using its platform to broadcast videos of migrants being tortured to try to extort money from their families. According to the newspaper’s report, footage showing Libyan gangmasters threatening the lives of migrants had remained on the social network for months.”

Guides for Verifying Photos and Videos

First Draft News is offering free guides to verify photos and videos. “In recent weeks, members of the First Draft Coalition have worked together to create a verification guide which we hope will help in these situations, a guide which journalists can keep with them and refer to when necessary. This verification guide for photos can be downloaded via the link below, as can the video verification guide and double-sided booklet guide.”

Wolfram|Alpha Is Having a Video Contest

Interesting and a bit odd: search engine Wolfram|Alpha has launched a video contest (PRESS RELEASE). “Users should submit videos revealing their favorite and most ingenious Wolfram|Alpha uses. Videos can be submitted by anyone, as long as they stay between six seconds and three minutes in length. We encourage users to be as creative as possible, while remaining appropriate for the general public to view.”