Beauty, drama, and Shane Dawson dominated YouTube’s Trending page in 2019

Theo Wargo/WireImage It’s best to think of YouTube as a series of independent communities living on the same platform — what’s popular to one group might not even be on another community’s radar. There are a few rare exceptions, and the beauty world’s drama is one of them. YouTube’s top trending list (which is different from most viewed videos or most viewed creators) this year is pretty diverse, but one of the constant trends is…

"Beauty, drama, and Shane Dawson dominated YouTube’s Trending page in 2019"

YouTube’s new gaming policy will allow creators to produce more violent footage

Robin L Marshall/Getty Images A new YouTube policy taking effect today, December 2nd, will allow creators with a focus on gaming to upload videos that contain simulated violence without worrying about being automatically hit by age-restriction gates. The company’s new policy for gaming is already how YouTube treats other scripted entertainment formats, like television and movies. It will allow future gaming videos that include scripted or simulated violence to possibly be approved directly without an…

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In “60 Minutes” appearance, YouTube’s CEO offers a master class in moral equivalency

Susan Wojcicki may be one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, but she also holds the unenviable role of being ultimately responsible for a lot of garbage that we, along with our parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and children — not to mention billions of strangers — now consume on YouTube. That garbage, along with valuable content, is inevitable on a platform that Wojcicki says sees 500 hours of video downloaded to the…

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YouTube’s next big change could penalize anyone who creates for kids

YouTube just changed a major rule for anyone who uploads videos, ostensibly to protect kids — but now content creators are confused as to how to follow it. Starting next year, all YouTube content creators will have to tick a box when they upload a video, indicating whether or not said video is “kid-directed.” Creators will also have to categorize each of their previously uploaded videos and even their entire channels the same way. Content…

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YouTube’s homepage redesign focuses on usability, giving you control over recommendations

YouTube’s homepage is getting a makeover. The company announced today an updated, cleaner design that does away with information density to instead give more room to the videos and their titles, plus other new features like an “Add to Queue” option on the desktop, a desktop version of YouTube’s stop suggesting feature and more. The design changes rolling out today are focused on the desktop and tablet versions of YouTube, not the YouTube mobile website…

"YouTube’s homepage redesign focuses on usability, giving you control over recommendations"

YouTube’s killing Messages before they atrophy from disuse

YouTube’s made the decision to squash a feature I honestly forgot existed — its private messages. It’s stated reason is to focus on public conversations — and for once I believe the party line here. According to Google’s announcement, “Two years ago, we launched a feature to enable you to share videos via direct messages on YouTube. Since then, we’ve also focused on public conversations with updates to comments, posts, and stories.” That’s certainly true,…

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YouTube’s recent algorithm change explains why your feed is full of children’s videos

Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images YouTube quietly rolled out changes to its algorithm last month in an effort to surface more family-friendly content amid an investigation into the platform by the Federal Trade Commission, according to a new Bloomberg report. The change essentially led to certain channels being surfaced and recommended for viewers, while other channels were ignored. Although the change was touted as a regular update that YouTube’s engineering team rolls out often,…

"YouTube’s recent algorithm change explains why your feed is full of children’s videos"

Facebook and YouTube’s moderation failure is an opportunity to deplatform the platforms

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have failed their task of monitoring and moderating the content that appears on their sites; what’s more, they failed to do so well before they knew it was a problem. But their incidental cultivation of fringe views is an opportunity to recast their role as the services they should be rather than the platforms they have tried so hard to become. The struggles of these juggernauts should be a spur to…

"Facebook and YouTube’s moderation failure is an opportunity to deplatform the platforms"

YouTube’s newest feature could save you a bundle in mobile data charges

YouTube’s newest feature lets users seamlessly swap between a song and its music video with no interruption. If an official music video exists, the mobile app’s screen will now display two options: “songâ€� and “videoâ€�. The audio-only version will feature just the song and its cover art, while the video is time-matched to the song, meaning you can swipe back and forth between the two without pausing or starting over. Users can also head to…

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YouTube’s copyright strikes have become a tool for extortion

An anonymous blackmailer has caught at least two YouTube creators in a scheme involving cash ransoms and esoteric copyright laws. Last week, both creators shared stories of how their channels were being threatened with a third copyright strike — and the possible termination of their channels — from an anonymous extortionist. The scammer offered to reverse the strikes in return for payment to a bitcoin wallet (which, as of this writing, remains empty) or to…

"YouTube’s copyright strikes have become a tool for extortion"