Tag Archives: YouTube

TN Man Shot And Killed In YouTube “Prank Robbery”

The Tennessean reports: Timothy Wilks, 20, was shot and killed in the parking lot of Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park around 9:20 p.m. When officers arrived at the scene around five minutes later, 23-year-old David Starnes Jr. admitted to shooting Wilks. Investigators were told that Wilks and a friend approached a group of people, including Starnes, with butcher knives …

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NYPD: YouTuber Faked Emergency In Times Square

The New York Daily News reports: A YouTube prankster staged a medical emergency in Times Square, then filmed first responders breaking into his car to try and save him, police said — just to rack up thousands of views. Zeeshan Saroya, known on YouTube as Prince Zee, is now facing charges of obstructing government administration, making a false report, disorderly …

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Fox Host: YouTube Is Better Than School Teachers

“Look, you know what? I think we’re over playing the importance of education. I mean, I actually have learned more in the pandemic from YouTube than from 12 years of school from eighth grade to high school. I mean, from first grade. “I’ve learned so much on my butt watching YouTube and I think we — I came to the …

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YouTube Extends Trump Ban, Demonetizes Giuliani

Politico reports: Video sharing giant YouTube extended its suspension of former President Donald Trump’s channel indefinitely on Tuesday and restricted Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani’s ability to make money off the platform. “In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J. Trump channel will remain suspended,” YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said in a statement. “Our teams are …

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YouTube Extends Trump’s Ban, Cites Potential Violence

Mediaite reports: YouTube is extending its ban on outgoing President Donald Trump for another week, the company announced Tuesday. Videos already on the account are still visible, but the Google-owned company has prohibited new videos from being uploaded since Jan. 13. It will also continue to ban users from commenting on the videos. “In light of concerns about the ongoing …

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YouTube Suspends Trump’s Channel For Seven Days

The Wall Street Journal reports: YouTube suspended President Trump’s channel on Tuesday night, joining a growing list of tech companies that are ejecting him from their platforms. The Alphabet Inc. video-sharing service said it was locking Mr. Trump’s channel for at least seven days after the company removed videos that it said violated its policies against content it believes could …

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YouTube Bans Bannon’s Show After Giuliani Interview

CNET reports: YouTube on Friday said it banned the channel of Steve Bannon’s popular War Room podcast, after it repeatedly violated the Google-owned platform’s rules. The ban came hours after the former White House chief strategist had Rudy Guiliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, on the program following the violent insurgency at the US Capitol earlier this week. “In accordance …

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YouTube And Gmail Experience Widespread Outages

Newsweek reports: Several Google services appear to be suffering outages, with widespread issues hitting Gmail, YouTube, Drive and Hangouts. An error on Gmail reads: “We’re sorry, but your account is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes.” YouTube is also offline, with a warning that now reads: “Something went wrong…” According to …

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YouTube To Delete False Claims Of 2020 Election Fraud

Politico reports: YouTube said Wednesday it will begin removing any videos that falsely claim widespread voting fraud changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential race now that the deadline for states to resolve disputes over the results has passed. It’s a policy shift that could put the tech giant at odds with President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in …

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YouTube Temporarily Suspends, Demonetizes Cultist Network OANN For Promoting Fake Coronavirus Cure

Axios reports: YouTube has barred One America News Network from posting new videos for a week and stripped it of its ability to make money off existing content after the Trump-friendly channel uploaded a video promoting a phony cure for COVID-19, YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi tells Axios. YouTube has been criticized for allowing OANN to spread misinformation using its platform, …

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YouTube Cancels Annual “Rewind” Video For 2020

Variety reports: YouTube will not produce its annual YouTube Rewind celebratory recap video this year — with the video giant saying it doesn’t feel appropriate, given the chaos of 2020. YouTube announced the decision to scrap Rewind in a statement on Twitter. “Since 2010, we’ve ended the year with Rewind: a look back at the year’s most impactful creators, videos …

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YouTube Bans QAnon, Deletes Many Major Accounts

The Washington Post reports: YouTube on Thursday became the latest social media giant to take steps to stop QAnon, the sprawling pro-Trump conspiracy theory community whose online fantasies about a cabal of satanic pedophiles running the world have spilled over into offline violence. The company announced in a blog post that it was updating its hate speech and harassment policies …

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YouTube To Ban COVID Vaccine Disinformation

The BBC reports: YouTube has pledged to delete misleading claims about coronavirus vaccines as part of a fresh effort to tackle Covid-19 misinformation. It said any videos that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities, such as the NHS or World Health Organization, will be removed. It follows an announcement by Facebook that it would ban ads that discourage people …

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YouTube CEO Won’t Say If They’ll Ban QAnon Cultists

CNN Business reports: For years, YouTube has faced challenges over the types of content it removes, from terrorist propaganda and hate speech to misinformation about vaccines. It’s now struggling over what to do about the QAnon conspiracy theory. In an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow for the Boss Files podcast, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki stopped short of pledging to ban …

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Pew: 26% Of US Adults Get Their News From YouTube

Courthouse News reports: Just over one-fourth of American adults are turning to YouTube to get their news from both big media organizations and independent producers, according to a Pew Research Center study released Monday. Researchers surveyed over 12,600 U.S. adults in January after analyzing 377 popular news-producing YouTube channels. They found that 26% of all respondents said they get news …

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Google Unveils Ban On Post-Election Day Political Ads

Axios reports: Google informed its advertisers Friday that it will broadly block election ads after polls close Nov. 3, according to an email obtained by Axios. Why it matters: Big Tech platforms have been under pressure to address how their ad policies will handle conflicts over the presidential election’s outcome. Facebook recently said that it will no longer accept new …

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Trump Campaign Buys YouTube Masthead For Week

Axios reports: The Trump campaign is going all in on digital advertising for the Republican National Convention, with plans to take over the YouTube masthead and flood Facebook, Google and streaming services like Hulu with pro-Trump messaging. The big picture: The massive digital ad buy — which is in the high seven figures, according to the campaign — will complement …

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YouTube Permanently Bans White Supremacist Group That Was Promoted At 2016 Republican Convention

Jared Holt reports at Right Wing Watch: YouTube terminated the account on its platform used by white nationalist hate group VDARE for violating the site’s policies against hate speech, a YouTube spokesperson told Right Wing Watch. This time last year, VDARE was suspended and reinstated on the platform, but a YouTube spokesperson told RWW that this suspension is permanent. “A …

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YouTube Bans David Duke, Richard Spencer, & Nazis

The Verge reports: YouTube has banned several prominent white supremacist channels, including those belonging to Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer. Other channels banned include American Renaissance (with its associated channel AmRen Podcasts) and the channel for Spencer’s National Policy Institute. The channels repeatedly violated YouTube’s policies, a YouTube spokesperson said, by alleging that members of protected groups were …

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YouTube Bans “COVID Is Judgment For Sinning” Clip

The Christian Post reports: “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines,” reads a message on the now blocked audiobook video by theologian John Piper, the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minnesota and the founder of DesiringGod.org. The video got over 187,000 views within roughly five weeks that it remained on the platform. It was released …

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