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YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both services after a court ruled that it violated billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s privacy rights. However, Alexei Navalny has refused to remove the videos and photos, which he claims are evidence of corruption. A Wednesday deadline has been set. If neither Mr Navalny nor the US tech firms involved delete or otherwise block local access to the…

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Did couple vlogging on YouTube ruin my relationship?

Two years ago, my boyfriend Jack and I started a YouTube channel uncovering what it’s like to be in a gay interracial relationship. I remember the moment that we first sat down in front of a camera and tried to make a video together. It took hours for us to record something we were both happy with, then even longer to edit it into our debut fun and friendly vlog. When Jack and I pressed the upload button, “OurSwirlLife” was born – and the slow demise of our relationship also…

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Logan Paul 'won't be kicked off' YouTube

Controversial YouTube star Logan Paul has not yet done enough to deserve a ban from the video site, its chief executive has said. Paul faced criticism in January after posting a video in which he made jokes after seeing a dead body in a Japanese forest associated with many suicides. YouTube subsequently cut some of its business ties with the star. It also penalised him after a subsequent video in which he Tasered a dead rat. Paul has apologised for both videos. YouTube usually bans a video creator under a…

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YouTube Kids still shows disturbing videos

Media playback is unsupported on your device YouTube says it is “very sorry” after more disturbing videos were found on the YouTube Kids app. Newsround found several videos not suitable for children, including one showing how to sharpen knives. Another had characters from children’s cartoon Paw Patrol on a burning plane. YouTube has been criticised for using algorithms rather than human curators to decide what appears on YouTube Kids. In 2015, two child safety groups complained after disturbing videos were found on the YouTube Kids app. YouTube said it needed…

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YouTube caught out by coin-mining adverts

YouTube has been briefly caught out by adverts that sought to mine valuable crypto-coins using visitors’ computers. The malicious adverts were spotted by security firm Trend Micro, which watches crypto-cash malware. The adverts included computer code that helped them mine the Monero crypto-currency. The rapid rise in the value of crypto-coins has prompted many cyber-crime gangs to try and cash in by using innocent machines to generate the cash. Cashing out The gangs are keen to get malicious code on lots of computers because most crypto-currencies rely on large networks…

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YouTube controversies 'ruin positive posts'

YouTubers say controversial characters like Logan Paul detract from the good work they do online. Make-up vlogger Em Ford says she “fundamentally disagrees” with his controversial video made in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. “It’s disappointing to not see any of the good things championed,” she tells Newsbeat. The Brit is annoyed a campaign raising over £700,000 for Mexico earthquake victims got little media interest. She’s part of YouTube’s Creators For Change programme, which aims to inspire creators who share positive messages through their videos. Em talks about make-up with her million…

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