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Google Amazon row leads to restricted YouTube access

Google plans to stop Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices being able to use YouTube from the start of 2018. The search giant has also blocked a workaround that Amazon introduced to restore YouTube access to a screen-based version of its smart speaker. Experts say the steps mark an escalation of a business row in which consumers have been caught up in the fallout. Amazon had previously stopped selling several of Google’s hardware products. It removed the latest Nest-branded smart home kit – including a home security system and a new…

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Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ hits 3 billion views on YouTube

[unable to retrieve full-text content] South Korean singer Psy’s global megahit Gangnam Style topped 3 billion views on YouTube . The single was released in July 2012, unleashing worldwide interest in Korea, from its music and fashion to tourism and food. Gangnam Style was viewed more than 500 million times within 100 days of its release. Major international media outlets such as […] Entertainment – Star2.com

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YouTube investigates 'disturbing' autofill results

YouTube has changed the way its autofill feature works after reports that some word combinations brought up paedophilic phrases. Over the weekend many people reported that typing “how to have” would be completed with several variations on “s*x with your kids”. Other searches produced responses that also used the asterisked “s*x” word. Some speculated that an attempt to troll YouTube results was responsible for making the phrases appear. Predatory comments “Earlier today our teams were alerted to this profoundly disturbing autocomplete result and we worked to quickly remove it as…

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Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

Mars, Lidl, Adidas and others have pulled all advertisements from YouTube after some were found next to clips used by predators to target children. Investigations by the BBC and The Times found tens of thousands of “predatory” accounts have been used to leave explicit comments on children’s videos. Problems with the video-sharing site’s reporting system have been blamed for letting the accounts persist. YouTube said it was “working urgently” to clean up the site. Broken system A Mars spokesman told the Guardian: “We are shocked and appalled to see that…

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YouTube child abuse reporting system 'flawed'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Part of YouTube’s system for reporting sexualised comments left on children’s videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, say volunteer moderators. They say there could be up to 100,000 predatory accounts leaving indecent comments on videos. A BBC Trending investigation has discovered a flaw in a tool that enables the public to report abuse. But YouTube says it reviews the “vast majority” of reports within 24 hours. It says it has no technical problems in its reporting mechanism and…

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YouTube removes dead extremist's videos

YouTube has removed nearly 50,000 videos featuring radical Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011. Awlaki was renowned for preaching violence as a religious duty, although at the time of his death his family denied he was a terrorist. The remaining videos are mainly documentaries and news items, reports the New York Times. The BBC understands this is a result of human review, not machine learning. Slow to act To help ensure that the videos stay off YouTube, once humans flag a video for…

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YouTube restricts 'creepy' videos aimed at children

YouTube is to restrict the availability of videos showing children’s characters in violent or sexual scenes if they are reported by viewers. Last week, a blog post by writer James Bridle highlighted how YouTube was still being swamped by bizarre and indecent videos aimed at children. The site has already barred such videos from earning advertising revenue. YouTube said its team was “made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting this right”. ‘Something’s wrong’ The problem of video-makers using popular characters such as Peppa Pig…

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