PC Magazine: Ad-Supported YouTube Music to Drop Videos, Add Background Listening. “Google is planning to shift its free YouTube Music tier into an audio-only experience. It will allow background listening for unpaid users, but limit video playback to Premium subscribers. The change, scheduled for Nov. 3, will start in Canada, 9to5Google reports. There are no details on when or how widely Google will roll out these changes yet.”
New York Times: YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused of Not Enforcing Ban. “Lady Freethinker, which has exposed dogfighting rings in Chile and dog meat auctions in South Korea, said YouTube had ignored the group’s repeated flagging of animal abuse videos. YouTube’s community guidelines, the rules for what is allowed on the site, say animal abuse content is not permitted. The ban includes videos in which humans inflict physical harm to an animal to cause suffering.” I saw no explicit content in the article, but just the descriptions of abuse were enough to make me nauseated. Click with caution.
Wired: How Hackers Hijacked Thousands of High-Profile YouTube Accounts. “SINCE AT LEAST 2019, hackers have been hijacking high-profile YouTube channels. Sometimes they broadcast cryptocurrency scams, sometimes they simply auction off access to the account. Now, Google has detailed the technique that hackers-for-hire used to compromise thousands of YouTube creators in just the past couple of years.”
CNET: YouTube’s Rewind annual trend-recap videos are officially dead now. “YouTube’s annual Rewind videos — which evolved over nearly a decade into elaborate collabs with the biggest online stars and influencers recapping the trends of the year — are officially dead now. Last year, YouTube skipped Rewind, saying it was taking ‘a break’ from the clips that were always widely anticipated, heavily watched and (often) viciously mocked. On Tuesday, the company said it was ending the annual practice entirely.”
Axios: Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content. “Google and YouTube on Thursday announced a new policy that prohibits climate deniers from being able to monetize their content on its platforms via ads or creator payments. Why it matters: It’s one of the most aggressive measures any major tech platform has taken to combat climate change misinformation.”
NBC New York: YouTube Pulls Two R. Kelly Channels After Sex-Trafficking Conviction. “YouTube pulled two channels linked to R. Kelly after he was found guilty on all counts in a federal sex-trafficking trial last week, the company said. However, Kelly’s songs and albums will continue to be available on the YouTube Music service, and user-generated content incorporating Kelly’s music is still allowed on the main platform, NBC News reported.”
Getty: Introducing Becoming Artsy . “Take a dynamic ride through Getty’s collections, laboratories, gardens, and more with Becoming Artsy, a new YouTube series. Host Jessie Hendricks brings viewers along while she explores the world of art. ‘What is a museum?’ she asks, and, ‘how do I experience art?’ She brings her curiosity and enthusiasm as she meets the people who make Getty’s art accessible to everyone.”
CNET: YouTube study: ‘Creator economy’ supports equivalent of 394,000 full-time US jobs. “YouTube released a study Wednesday saying that the “creator economy” spurred by its massive video service supports the equivalent of 394,000 full-time jobs in the US and contributed $20.5 billion to the US gross domestic product last year. The study, conducted by independent advisory firm Oxford Economics, was commissioned and paid for by YouTube.”
RiotAct: National Film and Sound Archive preserving lockdown’s creative collection. “Among some of the quirky bits and pieces preserved for posterity in the NFSA’s ‘Creativity in the Time of COVID’ project – which has been running throughout Australia’s arduous lockdowns – you’ll find the YouTube hit, Nat’s What I Reckon, which takes cooking shows in a bizarre direction thanks to rocker host Nat. You can also find internet hit Love in Lockdown, an unlikely romantic comedy created by TV comedians Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope.” Nat’s What I Reckon sounded fun so I took a look. It’s like YOU SUCK AT COOKING goes to Hell via Australia. I subscribed immediately.
Washington Post: YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content
Washington Post: YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content . “YouTube is taking down several video channels associated with high-profile anti-vaccine activists including Joseph Mercola and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who experts say are partially responsible for helping seed the skepticism that’s contributed to slowing vaccination rates across the country. As part of a new set of policies aimed at cutting down on anti-vaccine content on the Google-owned site, YouTube will ban any videos that claim that commonly used vaccines approved by health authorities are ineffective or dangerous. The company previously blocked videos that made those claims about coronavirus vaccines, but not ones for other vaccines like those for measles or chickenpox.”