Tag: YouTube.com

Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — When the first TikTok star is elected president, I hope she will save some room in her cabinet for older and more conventional bureaucrats, even if they don’t have millions of followers, great hair or amazing dance moves. I say “when,” not “if,” because I just spent three days at VidCon, the […]

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This Cockatoo Thinks He Can Dance

Watching Snowball the cockatoo dance to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” has long been one of the joys of the internet. The four-minute video has been viewed more than seven million times, and it’s probably generated at least that many grins. But when a small group of scientists first saw it a decade ago, […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Palo Alto Consensus

In the early years after the end of the Cold War, a set of ideas emerged on economic policy that came to be known as the Washington Consensus. From Thailand to Russia, the prescription from international financial institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund was the same: Cut spending and regulation, privatize […]

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What if Being a YouTube Celebrity Is Actually Backbreaking Work?

ImageEmma Chamberlain, 18, has in two years amassed 8 million YouTube followers who admire her humor and relatability. What they don’t see, though, is how much work goes into her videos.CreditKaleb Marshall for The New York Times Emma Chamberlain, 18, is the funniest person on YouTube. What does she do? So far the content of […]

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They Kinda Want to Believe Apollo 11 Was Maybe a Hoax

Dawson’s “theories” are assembled from pop culture detritus, stitched together through video clips, off-the-cuff podcast interviews and spooky internet chatter. His videos are pegged to trending topics — whipping up nefarious plots around fidget spinners and Avril Lavigne — but they also plug into old-fashioned lines of conspiratorial thinking: the Illuminati rules humanity, the Earth […]

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A Bird Show Spots a Rival, and Bird-Watchers of Color Are Angry

For Jason Ward, an animal lover who grew up in homeless shelters in the South Bronx, hosting the bird-watching web series “Birds of North America” is beyond a dream job. Ward, 32, has birded in Prospect Park with the comedian Wyatt Cenac, near Brooklyn Bridge with the Feminist Bird Club, and in Cape May, N.J., […]

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Etika, a YouTube Personality, Is Mourned by Fans

Days before he was found dead in the East River this week, Desmond Amofah, a popular YouTube personality known as Etika whose gaming videos attracted thousands of fans, recorded an eight-minute video that worried, rather than amused, his followers. In the video, which has since been removed by YouTube but was copied and posted in […]

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F.T.C. Said to Be Investigating YouTube Over Child Privacy Claims

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The Federal Trade Commission is in advanced stages of an investigation into YouTube’s handling of videos aimed at children, according to two people with knowledge of the inquiry. The investigation, which could result in fines against YouTube, comes after complaints by parents and consumer groups that the video giant had collected […]

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That Glitchy Music Video on YouTube? It’s Getting an Upgrade

The music video for the 1983 hit single “White Wedding” featured a barbed-wire wedding ring, a motorcycle crashing through a stained-glass window and the singer Billy Idol unveiling his telegenic sneer. Its director, David Mallet, said it was filmed in one day, like many of the clips he did then, and aimed for a display […]

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YouTube’s Algorithm Incentivizes the Wrong Behavior

YouTube deals in the extraordinary, and shuns the ordinary. Whether that’s the everyday life of improbably rich young millionaires like Jake Paul, a high school dropout from Westlake, Ohio, or PewDiePie, a skinny, fast-talking Swede whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, YouTube seeks to serve a need. It does so through “the algorithm” […]

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The Faults Beyond Our Algorithms

In the last month there have been two big profiles, one in this newspaper and one in Washingtonian, of young men who were radicalized into some version of the alt-right and then later abjured far-right politics. The Washingtonian profile is a mother’s first-person account of watching her 13-year-old son join an extremist internet community and […]

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A Tech Giant Hurt Your Business? Take a Number

SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle and the Handpulled Noodle would seem to have little in common. One is a multibillion-dollar software company in Silicon Valley with tens of thousands of employees all over the world. The other is a small Harlem spot that serves Chinese comfort food and is known for its tasty dumplings. But they […]

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Looking for Free Speech in Russia? Try YouTube

MOSCOW — Mainstream television in Russia, stage-managed by the Kremlin, barely mentions Pussy Riot, the anti-Putin punk band, or Aleksei A. Navalny, the country’s most prominent opposition figure. Forget about hearing much feminist talk, or humor at the expense of the government or Russia itself. “The entire social, political part of television is controlled by […]

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YouTube Is a Very Bad Judge and Jury

Charlie Warzel: It’s been a rough week for YouTube, even by tech backlash standards. Just this week the company has come under fire for creating a “digital playground” for pedophiles. Then, it attempted to purge extremist content from its site, only to accidentally delete a number of videos on Nazi history made by professors as […]

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YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate for neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service. The new policy will ban “videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or […]

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On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles

Christiane C. didn’t think anything of it when her 10-year-old daughter and a friend uploaded a video of themselves playing in a backyard pool. “The video is innocent, it’s not a big deal,” said Christiane, who lives in a Rio de Janeiro suburb. A few days later, her daughter shared exciting news: The video had […]

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What if Instagram Got Rid of Likes?

In late April, at F8, Facebook’s annual event for developers, the company’s head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, announced some updates. Plenty of things would be added to the photo-sharing app: new ways to post Stories, new ways to buy stuff, an updated camera. Some things might also be taken away. Follower counts, Instagram’s main status […]

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‘Screen Time’ Is Over

The debate over screen time is typically accompanied by a good deal of finger-wagging: The digital experience is a ruinous habit, akin to binge-eating curly fries, gambling on cock fights or drinking whiskey with breakfast. Meanwhile, social scientists who are trying to study the actual psychological effects of screen time are left in a bind. […]

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Worry About Facebook. Rip Your Hair Out in Screaming Terror About Fox News.

At the risk of losing street cred as a tough-as-nails tech pundit, I’ll confess that I couldn’t muster much outrage when Facebook declined last week to delete a video doctored to make Nancy Pelosi look like a drunken mess. Sure, there’s a good argument that Facebook should have taken down the fake, as YouTube did. […]

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