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  • PewDiePie flamed on Twitter for using n-word in livestream

    Don't look now, but the Swedish YouTube star known as PewDiePie has done something stupid on camera yet again. 27-year-old Felix Kjellberg was this weekend livestreaming a playthrough of sandbox-shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, when he blurted a racial slur at another player in his line of fire. "What a f**king n****r," he scoffed. "Sorry but what the f**k? What a f**king a*****e," he continued. @pewdiepie RACIST?? @KEEMSTAR @JohnScarce pic.twitter.com/ulAz45ZN28 — Felipe Diaz (@ThatFelipeDiaz) September 10, 2017 A snippet of the stream was republished on Saturday to Twitter, where users flamed the Swedish YouTuber for his choice words. He didn't mean to tho so it's ok 👌🏾💀 pic.twitter.com/dShFZ9QBbO —...

  • YouTube Live debuts ‘ultra-low’ latency and inline chat moderation

    YouTube has announced a few updates to Live that make it "faster, easier and more accessible". The biggest change comes in the form of ultra-low latency that sees chat messages and streams working with a shorter delay than ever before. For both creators and viewers, this means enjoying more natural conversations with those participating in the stream. The feature doesn't need software or external encoders to work, and can be activated in 'Stream now' options. Mobile will always optimise for ultra-low latency. Of course, the option does have its drawbacks, and will substitute quality with latency. A lower chat latency means less read-ahead buffer,...

  • YouTube’s new logo and layout annoys creators

    YouTube has officially launched its new layout for both mobile and desktop, but creators are less than enthused with the surface-level fixes. The most notable changes come in the form of the header (now white) and logo (changed for the first time ever to accommodate even the "tiniest" of screens). Other new features include the ability to change playback speed on the app, and a dark mode on desktop. And now for the cherry on top of this update sundae. Meet our new YouTube Logo and Icon. 🍒https://t.co/HQ50o6960R (5/6) pic.twitter.com/94vrrP1X4E — YouTube (@YouTube) August 29, 2017 As with most design updates, the layout...

  • The YouTube app now has a DM tab

    Google has added yet another messaging feature to its repertoire -- and this time it's on the YouTube app. Dubbed the "Shared" tab, the feature allows you to send videos and chat with friends directly in YouTube. These friends are anyone you connect with via email, phone number or an invitation link. That's right -- anyone to whom you've ever sent an email will now have your channel sitting in their shared tab for whenever they get nosy. With the click of a button, your university tutors, your colleagues, that friend you stopped speaking to years ago: they'll know every video...

  • Despacito vs See You Again: which YouTube video will hit 3bn views first?

    "Despacito" and "See You Again" are currently locked in an epic, brutal popularity battle atop the YouTube charts. As the first and second most watched videos on Google's video platform, both have a chance to become the first ever video to break the three-billion view milestone. At present, "Despacito" is the plucky underdog, standing at 2.889-billion views, but it has caught and passed previous most viewed video on YouTube -- Psy's "Gangnam Style" -- within two weeks. "See You Again" however is now less than 10-million views away from hitting the three-billion view milestone. It became the most viewed video on YouTube...

  • YouTube’s machines are better at fighting terrorism than humans

    YouTube this week took to its blog, updating the internet on how it has been combating extremist content on its platform this past month. Part of this strategy -- outlined at the end of June -- included partnering with the likes of Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter to accelerate efforts to nullify online extremism. Beyond this, the company has also implemented a few hardware and policy changes. "We've always used a mix of technology and human review to address the ever-changing challenges around controversial content on YouTube," it writes. "We recently began developing and implementing cutting-edge machine learning technology designed to help us identify...

  • YouTuber Jake Paul ires neighbours, uses two-year-old memes

    YouTuber Jake Paul has fallen under the scrutiny of his local community, who say he has made their street in West Hollywood a living hell. Local news outlet KTLA aired a piece on the social media star's antics, corroborating neighbours' claims that Paul is a nuisance to the public. In the clip, journalist Chris Wolfe describes how Paul has set furniture alight in an empty pool, attracts dozens of fans to his street daily, and obstructs traffic for the thrill of it. "It used to be a really nice, quiet street," a neighbour said. "Now we're just this, like, war zone. We're...

  • WhatsApp may soon let you watch YouTube videos in its app

    You might soon be able to view YouTube videos within WhatsApp. According to WhatsApp feature watcher WaBetaInfo, the new feature is currently being tested in the latest build on iOS, numbered 2.17.40. The build also addresses a number of other issues on iOS, including numerous UI improvements and tweaks to the calls list and media management tools. But most interesting of all its the mention of YouTube. Users can view videos in a picture-in-picture mode, with added controls such as pinch-to-zoom and the ability to continue reading messages while video playback continues in the background. This means that users needn't leave the chat app...

  • See You Again Gangnam Style: YouTube’s most watched video now belongs to Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth

    Psy's "Gangnam Style" is no longer YouTube's most watched video after Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" on Tuesday took the honour. K-pop hit "Gangnam Style" has had a remarkable run. Debuting in July 2012, the track was the first YouTube video to hit a billion views just six months later. It also became YouTube's most viewed video in November 2012, overtaking then-benchmark Justin Bieber's "Baby". The track hasn't had a formidable challenger, but that all changed on Tuesday. "See You Again" now has 2.902-billion views compared to "Gangnam Style" with 2.896-billion. 'See You Again' is set to become the first...

  • Aiden the Zoologist is the best 8-year-old on YouTube

    Do you know that ants with big heads are soldiers and that smaller ants are voyagers? Eight-year-old Aiden the Zoologist does, and he's ready to share even more of his animal knowledge with the world. Aiden wowed Twitter last month when he passionately explained the wonders of tree bark and beetles to his older sister -- and now he's got his own YouTube channel to show us all what it's like to be young and curious and so damn smart. My brother is an animal genius and wanted me to share it w you guys. He titles this: Trees danger and other...

  • 8 YouTube channels that’ll make you a much smarter human

    Not every YouTube channel will rot your mind away with videos of wipe-outs and dancing cats. There is actually a part of YouTube that people go to learn. Not only is the site filled with DIY guides and sharp commentary on current affairs, but there are actually channels that will teach you about science, history, the world -- and many other topics you might have never considered. We've scoured past the cat videos (no regrets) to find these gems -- eight YouTube channels that will make you smarter. 1. Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell Kurzgesagt is one of the best educational channels on...

  • Young man killed by pregnant girlfriend in failed YouTube stunt

    Pedro Ruiz, 22, was shot and killed by his girlfriend Monalisa Perez, 19, during a YouTube stunt gone wrong. The duo, who had a following of around 2100 subscribers, were filming a video in which Perez fired a gun through a book that Ruiz was holding in front of his chest. According to a criminal complaint provided to Buzzfeed, Ruiz had convinced Perez to shoot him by providing her with another book that had stopped the bullet. Perez now faces a charge of second-degree manslaughter, which could see her serving a maximum of ten years in jail. She is currently released on bail. Perez had...

  • Here’s what to read instead of YouTube’s #ProudToBe comment section

    Every year YouTube produces a video as part of its #ProudToBe campaign that celebrates the LGBT+ community, and every year hateful homophobes and racists flood the comment section with vitriol. And if you, like each human being on the planet, do not have the time or energy to deal with people who deny your existence then it's best to not even spare it a glance. (The first comment is by a user who goes by Adolf Hitler, and that's all you really need to know.) So here's a list of things to read instead, in no particular order. This article on gender from MedicalDaily that breaks down...

  • VidCon: YouTube launches VR180 video format, cheap VR cameras in tow

    YouTube intends to make VR content creation and consumption easier with the launch of VR180, CEO Susan Wojcicki announced yesterday at VidCon. VR180 is a new video format that is intended to be easier for creators to work with, as well as visually appealing for viewers. "VR180 video focuses on what’s in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile," Product Manager Frank Rodriguez writes in a blog post. The videos can be viewed using Cardboard, Daydream, and PSVR. They also allow for livestreaming. Rodriguez writes that creators will be able to set up and film their videos like they normally would, but...

  • YouTube updates Restricted Mode to include LGBTQ content

    YouTube has taken advantage of Pride Month to update its Restricted Mode policies that back in March saw innocent LGBTQ content blocked. The company acknowledged that this mode, intended for schools and libraries, was unfairly targeting videos featuring the likes of same-sex kisses at weddings or "personal accounts of difficult events". ALL 3 OF MY RECENT VIDEOS (ABOUT ME BEING TRANS) ARE GONE AFTER YOU TURN ON HE AGE RESTRICTION FILTER I'M SO UPSET. 😡 https://t.co/IpVnL7zfph — Seaine (@SeaineLove) March 17, 2017 YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki asserts that she has personally spoken to teens and creators alike on the importance of sharing this content, and...