CNET: YouTube Kids gets new parental-control features. “YouTube Kids unveiled on Wednesday new features meant to give parents more control over what their children watch, following an outcry late last year over disturbing videos that landed on the app.”
Neowin: YouTube removed over eight million videos in last quarter of 2017. “YouTube released a transparency report on how it is enforcing its community guidelines, which do not allow contents related to ‘pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech’, for example. With the help of machine learning algorithms, the company announced it removed almost 8.3 million videos from its platform in the period covering October to December of 2017.”
TechCrunch: YouTube ads for hundreds of brands still running on extremist and white nationalist channels. “It’s been more than a year since YouTube promised to improve controls over what content advertisers would find their ads in front of; eight months since it promised to demonetize ‘hateful’ videos; two months since it said it would downgrade offensive channels; and yet CNN reports that ads from hundreds of major brands are still appearing as pre-rolls for actual Nazis. The ongoing failure to police billions of hours of content isn’t exactly baffling — this is a difficult problem to solve — but it is disappointing that YouTube seems to have repeatedly erred on the side of monetization.”
Tubefilter: Barcelona-Based YouTuber Faces Prison For Pranking Homeless Man With Doctored Oreos. “If you thought YouTube pranks had already revealed the lowest levels of human decency, prepare to be stunned: a Barcelona-based YouTuber named Kanghua Ren is in serious trouble with the law after carrying out a prank in which he filled Oreo cookies with toothpaste and fed them to an unsuspecting homeless man on camera.”
The Verge: YouTube CEO addresses demonetization, ignores frustrated small creators. “YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced in a blog post today that YouTube will be launching a pilot program with a small group of users in an attempt to address and ameliorate its creators’ continued concerns regarding demonetization and other recent, largely unpopular changes to the YouTube Partners Program.” YouTube is not being nice to its golden goose.
Tubefilter: People Are Paying As Much As $200 For Shoutouts From Social Media Stars . “Cameo offers a roster of more than 1,400 notable people, all of whom deliver custom messages to specified recipients. Each individual star sets the price of his or her own shoutouts. The Australian YouTube channel Ozzy Man Reviews, for example, has his messages available for $30 a pop, while big-time YouTube star Guava Juice is requesting $200 for his how-do-you-dos.”
Ars Technica: YouTube demonetized my tuba videos (also, I make tuba videos). “Early in 2018, YouTube made changes to how us commoners can earn money through its Partner Program (or ‘YPP’). You probably heard about it here and, oh yeah, here. Now seems like a good time to describe my own (less tumultuous) history with YPP.”