Tag: YouTube.com

YouTube Takes Tougher Stance on Harassment

ImageYouTube said Wednesday that its harassment ban would include material that targeted people on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation.Credit…Sarahbeth Maney for The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Facing longstanding criticism that they had not done enough to protect people from harassment, YouTube executives announced Wednesday that the video service would start […]

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Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say

“A very #MerryChristmas⁠ ⁠to all,” Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust enforcer, wrote on Facebook last December. Her post attracted 144 “likes.” A few months later, as an experiment, researchers paid a company a few dollars to attract attention to her well wishes. In 30 minutes, the post had 100 more likes. The researchers had similar […]

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How Google’s Founders Slowly Stepped Away From Their Company

SAN FRANCISCO — About a month after Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, Larry Page, the Google co-founder, was summoned along with other prominent tech executives to a meeting at Trump Tower. It was a rare public appearance for Mr. Page. He sported a tan suit and shifted in his seat as he […]

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Internet Companies Prepare to Fight the ‘Deepfake’ Future

SAN FRANCISCO — Several months ago, Google hired dozens of actors to sit at a table, stand in a hallway and walk down a street while talking into a video camera. Then the company’s researchers, using a new kind of artificial intelligence software, swapped the faces of the actors. People who had been walking were […]

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Whistle-Blower’s Name Keeps Evading Facebook and YouTube Defenses

SAN FRANCISCO — A week ago, YouTube and Facebook said they would block people from identifying the government official thought to be the whistle-blower who set in motion an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. It hasn’t worked out so well. A name believed by some to be the whistle-blower has been shared thousands of times […]

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India’s Soundtrack of Hate, With a Pop Sheen

RAIPUR, India — The Indian pop star, swaddled in gold-trimmed tulle, stepped to the front of the stage at a neighborhood concert. Thunder effects crackled through speakers stacked near an electronics store. “Every house will be saffron!” the singer, Laxmi Dubey, yelled into her microphone, referring to the color representing Hinduism. “We have to make […]

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Teens Love TikTok. Silicon Valley Is Trying to Stage an Intervention.

SAN FRANCISCO — Teenagers are gaga for TikTok. That’s why Silicon Valley is so worried about it. TikTok, which is run by a seven-year-old company in Beijing called ByteDance, allows people to create short, snappy videos and share them around the world. That simple concept has fueled its rise to quickly become one of the […]

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YouTube Is Erasing History

Video Under pressure to remove “extremist content,” platforms are purging vital human rights evidence.CreditCreditThe New York Times Video by Leah Varjacques and Adam Saewitz In war zones, evidence captured on smartphones can provide a path to justice — but platforms like YouTube and Facebook are getting in the way. In the Video Op-Ed above, the […]

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Hey, Look! Nonna and Her Pasta Are on YouTube

Vicky Bennison, a 60-year-old British woman with a background in international development, never intended Pasta Grannies to become a minor YouTube hit or to make stars of a handful of Italian nonnas who couldn’t care less about their influencer status. She simply wanted to create a culinary Noah’s ark to capture a way of life […]

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Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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How to Set Your Google Data to Self-Destruct

Last year you may have been addicted to Beyoncé. But nowadays you’re more into Lizzo. You also once went through a phase of being obsessed with houseplants, but have lately gotten into collecting ballpoint pens. People’s tastes and interests change. So why should our Google data histories be eternal? For years, Google has kept a […]

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At Least 70 Countries Have Engaged in Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

In Vietnam, citizens were enlisted to post pro-government messages on their personal Facebook pages. The Guatemalan government used hacked and stolen social media accounts to silence dissenting opinions. Ethiopia’s ruling party hired people to influence social media conversations in its favor. Despite increased efforts by internet platforms like Facebook to combat internet disinformation, the use […]

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Thoughts, Prayers and Video Games

By Charlie Goldberg Video by Taige Jensen and Nayeema Raza Today is National Video Games Day, an opportunity to stop bashing video games and instead celebrate millions of American gamers who participate in a national industry that is valued at an estimated $36.9 billion. In the video Op-Ed above, the gamer and game commentator Charlie […]

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YouTube Tries to Get Fashionable

It’s not a “collabo.” It’s a “collab.” And it’s pronounced “/kəˌlab.” These are among the lessons shared by YouTube in an internal five-page document meant to help fashion brands learn the dos-and-don’ts of the video platform, just in time for what the company is terming a “historic occasion.” On the eve of New York Fashion […]

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F.T.C. Fines Google $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

Google on Wednesday agreed to pay a record $170 million fine and to make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from youngsters and used that data to profit by targeting them with ads. The measures were part of a settlement with […]

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YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to three people briefed on the matter. The case could have significant repercussions for other popular platforms used by young children in the United States. The settlement […]

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YouTube Disables 210 Channels That Spread Disinformation About Hong Kong Protests

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube said on Thursday that its site was used to spread disinformation about the mass protests in Hong Kong, days after Twitter and Facebook cracked down on thousands of China-backed accounts that compared the demonstrators to terrorists and accused them of being at the whim of foreign interests. In a blog post, […]

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YouTuber’s Surprise Discovery Gives Parents Last Look at Son They Lost

For two years, Robin McCrear wondered what happened to the last video footage her son recorded before he died. Her son, Richard Lee Ragland III, 22, drowned in June 2017 near a waterfall in Foster Falls State Park in Tennessee, she said. It was a devastating loss for Ms. McCrear, 51, who described her son […]

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‘If You’re Like Me, You Can’t Sit By. This Is America.’

Second of two articles. Read the first here. Family separations at the border are not the only crisis immigrant children face. Children who were taken from their parents, or who crossed the border alone, also go to their immigration hearings alone. And “alone” means no lawyer. Many Americans are shocked that there is no right […]

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