YouTube has been struggling recently to balance the needs of content creators, viewers, and advertisers. This week it rolled out changes to its strike system for content creators who upload content that violates the site’s guidelines, trying to clarify the consequence for uploading inappropriate material, and the week before there were problems in the PC hardware community with copyright strikes being using inappropriately to shut down media criticism on the platform. There have also been problems with rampant conspiracy theories spreading on the site, even leading to advertisements for health companies running before anti-vaccine content which has angered advertisers who did not know their companies were being promoted alongside dangerous and false health information. Now an even bigger issue has arisen, with reports of child exploitation happening in the comment sections of videos featuring children. YouTuber Matt Watson raised the alarm on what he described a “soft-core … [Read more...] about YouTube struggles with inappropriate content, demonetizes videos of minors
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Google-owned video streaming giant YouTube crashed on Tuesday worldwide, marking one of the first times in recent history that the site has gone down. Video streaming platform YouTube was down for over an hour this week, marking the first occasion in recent history that the website has crashed. Shortly after the site went down, the official Team YouTube Twitter account tweeted: “We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”A short while later, the account tweeted that the website was back online and asked users with remaining issues to contact the site. Users across social media and Reddit reported that when they attempted to visit the YouTube site they were receiving a 500 Internal Server error and the following error page: This sort of error would imply an error in the site’s programming, something which YouTube engineers appeared to fix within … [Read more...] about YouTube Crashes Worldwide
One of Android 8.0 Oreo's biggest features is picture-in-picture (PiP) mode, and given YouTube's status as the most popular video-sharing platform in the world, you'd be forgiven for thinking that quite a bit of PiP use would be for YouTube. Unfortunately, you'd also be wrong, as Google has made it very difficult for people to actually use picture-in-picture mode. Picture-in-picture itself can be used for any video in many apps so long as you can make the video full-screen, but YouTube has chosen to bundle it into its YouTube Red service. It's not hard to see why Google would do this; background play was already a feature of Red, and PiP is basically an extension of that. You might wonder about whether background play should really even be exclusive to YouTube Red, but hey, what's done is done. The issue here is that Google is so heavily pushing picture-in-picture as one of the main selling points of Oreo; in fact, in its "Welcome to Android O" guide, it's the second feature after … [Read more...] about YouTube’s Picture-in-Picture mode in Oreo is only available to paying Red customers in five countries, and that’s a problem
Here's a handy guide to watching your favorite YouTubers on your Nintendo Switch! While it's solid on the game front, the Nintendo Switch has been a lot slower with other entertainment offerings. There isn't a way to watch Netflix or access a lot of other content on the Switch at the time of writing. There isn't even an official web browser! Fortunately, all is not lost. Not only does the Switch have a back way to get to a web browser, it's pretty easy to get to YouTube and other sites. This is how to use YouTube on your Nintendo Switch! Open your system settings. Tap Internet, then Internet settings. Open the connection you're currently connected to, then tap connection settings. Tap DNS settings, then tap Manual. Tap Primary DNS, then use the backspace key to erase the default address. Enter the following address: 184.108.40.206. Tap *Ok**. Tap Connect to network. You'll see that the connection errors out when it tries to connect to the Internet; this is normal. Tap Next, then … [Read more...] about How to watch YouTube videos on the Nintendo Switch!
YouTube.ch logo incorporates an image of the Matterhorn. YouTube has launched a Swiss version of its video site on the internet, promising to promote content from Switzerland with financing from online advertising. Google, the parent company of YouTube, launched the new site on Tuesday in Zurich. The default language of the YouTube.ch website will appear in one of Switzerland's official languages — German, French or Italian, Switzerland's — depending on the geographic location of users. Patrick Warnking, head of Google Switzerland, told a press launch that the new site will make it easier to find Swiss content. And Swiss providers of content will be able to gain revenue, Warnking said, according to a report from the ATS news agency. He did not detail the share of revenue YouTube.ch would receive other than to say it would be “very fair”. Google is negotiating with Swiss performance rights representatives over performers’ revenues from … [Read more...] about YouTube launches dedicated Swiss site