YouTube Blog: Introducing a new way to share YouTube videos. “Starting today, you can share videos with your friends and family directly on YouTube. Not only can you share and receive videos in the app, you can also chat about them right on YouTube, reply with another video, invite others to the conversation, and more. We think it’ll make sharing easier, faster and more fun on your phone. And if you want to continue sharing videos through other apps, you can still do that too.”
TechCrunch: ‘Despacito’ is the new most-watched YouTube video ever with more than 3 billion views. “Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee’ is not only the most-streamed song of all time, it also is the most-watched YouTube video ever, surpassing more than 3 billion views on the Alphabet-owned video site.” This is how I know I am old: I have yet to hear this song.
BBC: YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’. “YouTube’s child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company’s volunteer watchdogs. There’s a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them – and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a special network of volunteers, called Trusted Flaggers, who help identify worrisome posts and comments on the network.”
Digital Trends: Youtube Music Gains Ability To Download Songs, Albums, And Playlists. “Now, this isn’t the first time users have been able to download music on YouTube Music, but it is a serious improvement for ease of use and convenience. Previously, you could download music through the offline mixtape feature, which was automatically created based on your listening history — that meant you had little control over the specific songs that were downloaded.”
CNET: YouTube gets faster, more accurate in fight against terror videos. “YouTube has announced updates in its ongoing fight to prevent the video platform from being used to promote terrorist content.”
Ars Technica: UCF kicker ruled ineligible, loses scholarship after monetizing YouTube videos. “University of Central Florida place-kicker Donald De La Haye had to choose between making YouTube videos and playing college football, and he chose YouTube. UCF announced Monday that De La Haye has been ruled ineligible to play for the school’s team. The decision came after De La Haye refused to agree to an NCAA waiver that dictated the types of videos he could create and post to his monetized YouTube channel under the name ‘Deestroying.'”
Digital Inspiration: Master YouTube Video Search with Simple Commands . “YouTube is the second largest search engine on the Internet after Google. This guide discusses advanced search operators that you can use with your YouTube search queries for more accurate video searches.” Amit’s been busy lately!