Data Horde: Help Archive YouTube’s Community Contributions!

Data Horde: Help Archive YouTube’s Community Contributions!. “YouTube is removing their community contributions feature on September 28. In case you haven’t already heard, that’s the feature which allows viewers to add captions/subtitles, translated titles and video descriptions on videos. And YouTube seems to be pretty insistent on removing the feature, despite massive backlash. Now although YouTube have given their word to keep published community captions (and other contributions) online, there’s a small detail many people have overlooked. Last year, YouTube restricted the feature to only allow uploaders to publish contributions. As such, there are many many unpublished captions, title/description translations stuck in review.”

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content. “TikTok on Tuesday proposed an alliance with nine other social media platforms to work collectively and rapidly to remove suicide content, following an incident this month when a man killed himself on Facebook. The Chinese-owned app said it had set out its proposal in a letter to the chief executives of Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Pinterest and Reddit.”

Mashable: YouTube puts human content moderators back to work

Mashable: YouTube puts human content moderators back to work. “YouTube is re-assigning the work of content moderation to more actual humans, Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, told the Financial Times. At the start of the pandemic, YouTube had to reduce the staff and workload of in-office human moderators. So rather relying on that 10,000-person workforce, the company gave broader content moderation power to automated systems that are be able to recognize videos with harmful content and remove them immediately.”

The Next Web: Mozilla needs your help to expose YouTube’s recommendation algorithm

The Next Web: Mozilla needs your help to expose YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. “After installing the RegretsReporter and playing a YouTube video, you can click the frowning face icon in your browser to report the video, the recommendations that led you to it, and any extra details on ‘your regret.’ Mozilla researchers will then search for patterns that led to the recommendations.”

ASMR: what we know so far about this unique brain phenomenon – and what we don’t (The Conversation)

The Conversation: ASMR: what we know so far about this unique brain phenomenon – and what we don’t. “ASMR is the third most popular search term on youtube worldwide. But in case you haven’t heard of it, it stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. ASMR is a complex emotional state that only some people experience when they hear, see, and feel certain ‘triggers,’ such as whispering, delicate hand movements, and light touch. The feeling is described as a tingling sensation beginning at the crown of the head which can spread down the neck and limbs.”

Variety: YouTube Announces TikTok Copycat ‘YouTube Shorts’ for 15-Second Videos

Variety: YouTube Announces TikTok Copycat ‘YouTube Shorts’ for 15-Second Videos. “Like TikTok, the YouTube Shorts tool features a multi-segment camera to edit multiple video clips together, and will feature a library of songs to include as backing tracks for videos. Also mimicking TikTok, YouTube Shorts includes speed controls that ‘give you the flexibility to be creative in your performance’ as well as a timer and countdown ‘to easily record, hands-free,’ according to [YouTube’s Chris] Jaffe.”

Mashable: ‘Cooking in a Wheelchair’ is a joyful, accessible YouTube show full of practical tips

Mashable: ‘Cooking in a Wheelchair’ is a joyful, accessible YouTube show full of practical tips. “Cheese, joy, and an inordinate amount of garlic are just a few things in abundance in the new YouTube cooking show Cooking in a Wheelchair. The idea to make an accessible cookery show came during lockdown when disability campaigner Katie Pennick was shielding at home for three months, and unable to leave the house for any reason. Prior to the pandemic, Pennick tended to eat out quite often. So when she began shielding, she got stuck into cooking every day out of sheer necessity in addition to keeping herself busy.”

CNN: YouTube is banking on tech to clean up controversial content, as moderators stay home

CNN: YouTube is banking on tech to clean up controversial content, as moderators stay home. “YouTube said Tuesday that it is increasingly relying on technology to moderate content, resulting in a sharp rise in removed videos, including some that didn’t violate its policies. The Google-owned company said that between April and June it removed more than 11.4 million videos for violating its policies. That’s more than double what it took down in the previous three months.” Oh, why not. Auto-regulating content HAS WORKED SO WELL SO FAR…

Un-Adopted: YouTubers Myka and James Stauffer shared every step of their parenting journey. Except the last. (The Cut)

The Cut: Un-Adopted: YouTubers Myka and James Stauffer shared every step of their parenting journey. Except the last.. “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, anywhere from one percent to 5 percent of the more than 100,000 adoptions in the U.S. each year are legally terminated in what’s called a ‘dissolution’ — making the Stauffers’ decision to relinquish custody rare but not unheard of. Had they not shared Huxley’s adoption with the world, building an audience from videos about everything from his medical diagnoses to his food anxiety, they would be dealing with a private family tragedy rather than a public scandal. Instead, the Stauffers have been held up as examples of what is wrong with both influencer and adoption culture — and what can happen when a child is caught at the intersection.”

BBC: BTS’s Dynamite smashes YouTube records and heads for UK number one

BBC: BTS’s Dynamite smashes YouTube records and heads for UK number one. “Dynamite, the latest single by Korean boy band BTS, has smashed YouTube records – and looks set to be the UK’s number one single this Friday. The pastel-coloured, dance-heavy video was watched 101.1 million times in 24 hours after its release last Friday. That surpasses the previous record, set by fellow K-Pop band Blackpink, whose song How You Like That racked up 86.3 million views in 24 hours in June.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google boss says regulatory concerns ‘not only about the money’

Sydney Morning Herald: Google boss says regulatory concerns ‘not only about the money’. “The global tech giant took aim at the Morrison government and the competition regulator this week in a series of public warnings about the new code, including an open letter on its website that claimed the changes could jeopardise the free nature of its services in Australia. On Friday it also told YouTube stars the code would have a ‘negative impact on the creator ecosystem in Australia’.”

CNN: Fake texts and YouTube video spread disinformation about Republican primary candidate on election day

CNN: Fake texts and YouTube video spread disinformation about Republican primary candidate on election day. “The texts, which included a message and video, falsely claimed that Byron Donalds, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, had dropped out of the race for Florida’s 19th Congressional District. Text messages received from at least two numbers said, in part: ‘Hello folks, I’m Byron Donalds, and today I dropped out of Southwest Florida’s race for Congress.’ They included a link to a YouTube video, which has since been taken down. It’s unclear how many people received the text messages.” In case you’re wondering, Mr. Donalds won the primary, but only by a whisker.

Doncaster Free Press: Video archive of 1,000 Doncaster Rovers matches from 1980s to now goes live

Doncaster Free Press: Video archive of 1,000 Doncaster Rovers matches from 1980s to now goes live. “The archive officially begins from 1980 onwards but also includes clips from the 1950s and 1960s including scores of games at the club’s former Belle Vue home. Now [Andrew Webb] is appealing for fans with footage of games not yet available to get in touch or upload the clips onto YouTube.”

Slate: Justice, Livestreamed

Slate: Justice, Livestreamed. “The defense lawyer sits in his office—with the defendant, wearing a mask, at a desk behind him—as he takes turns with the prosecutors in questioning the witness, screen-sharing documents at various intervals. This is what court looks like in many parts of the country these days, and in some states, it’s available on YouTube. If you tire of Alcalá’s virtual courtroom, you can jump over to elsewhere in Texas, where child welfare cases are being streamed. Or you could click to Wisconsin or Michigan, where defendants join Zoom via video from the county jails and judges breeze through preliminary hearings and dole out sentences for parole violations.”