New York Times: Filling Oreo With Toothpaste Earns YouTube Prankster a Jail Sentence. “It was a humiliating video that fueled outrage on social media. A YouTube prankster filmed himself offering a homeless man in Barcelona an Oreo cookie filled with toothpaste rather than cream. Now, the prankster, known as ReSet to his followers on YouTube but whose real name is Kanghua Ren, has been handed a 15-month prison sentence and must pay 20,000 euros, or about $22,300, compensation to his victim.”
Observer: Debunking the Myth of ‘Blogger Boyfriends’ and ‘Instagram Husbands’. “Toronto-based influencer Allegra Shaw has 234K followers on Instagram and 863K subscribers on YouTube. She also co-runs Uncle Studios, a sustainable clothing line. Her high-fashion style features occasional nods to the ‘influencer’ uniform (think: tiny sunglasses and biker shorts), but it’s her un-edited vlogs that set her apart from the rest. In them, she provides her viewers with an intimate look at the art of influencing and showcases her boyfriend’s role, too.”
BBC: Yang Kaili: China live-streamer detained for ‘insulting’ national anthem. “A Chinese live-streaming celebrity has been detained for five days for ‘insulting’ the country’s national anthem. Yang Kaili, a 20-year-old with tens of millions of followers, had appeared on camera singing the anthem while flailing her arms around.”
Tubefilter: 8% Of People Admit To Watching YouTube Videos While Driving, As Vlogging Behind The Wheel Runs Rampant. “A recent study has shown that ‘Netflix and chill’ may have some much more dangerous competition: ‘YouTube and drive.’ A new study has shown that 8% of people admitted to watching YouTube videos while actively driving a car, and a further 4% of respondents admitted to doing the same with Netflix.”
New York Times: A Social Media Star Is Shot Dead in Baghdad. Iraqis Fear a Trend.. “Tara Fares was a model and a social media star whose carefully crafted lifestyle and fashion photos drew in more than 2.7 million followers on Instagram. On Thursday, she was shot dead at 22 in broad daylight in Baghdad, the latest woman killed in a series of attacks that government officials are investigating as possibly linked.”
ZDNet: Why don’t more people over 60 have YouTube channels?. “Despite media coverage suggesting “mature” vloggers (anyone over 40) are up and coming in the beauty sector, there are not many successful YouTube channels that showcase skills, talents, and passions hosted by those over 60 years old.” Oh, I dunno, maybe because YouTube commenters often treat YouTubers like dirt? As for the over 60s, I can think of Granny Pottymouth and RC Model Reviews, though I’m not 100% sure he’s over 60.
Quartz: The lucrative new world of YouTube celebrity boxing. “The fight scene is looking pretty good for the rest of this year. Next month, we have the boxing rematch between Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez and Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin. Then, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face the unorthodox Tyson Fury. And in mixed-martial arts, Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon after two years to face the undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in October. But for millions of casual fans, the only fight they care about is a clash between two non-athletes who made their names talking nonsense on YouTube.”