News That Matters

Tag: YouTube

Mars pulls ads from YouTube drill videos

Mars pulls ads from YouTube drill videos

Business
Mars has pulled its advertising from YouTube after one of its brands was shown with a drill rap music video. The move was prompted after an advert for Starburst sweets was put at the start of a video by group Moscow17.One of the group's members, Siddique Kamara, also known as Incognito and SK, was stabbed to death in south London earlier this week. The confectionery company said it was "unacceptable" to see its brand alongside that type of content. A report from the Sun said the advertising was worth around £5m to the video sharing website - but the company would not confirm this, saying it did not plan to provide any detail on its advertising budget. Grime: Dead, dying or back underground? Drill music video stopped by arm...
YouTube blackout in middle of England match

YouTube blackout in middle of England match

Technology
US viewers watching the England v Croatia football World Cup semi-final on YouTube TV were left frustrated when the service went down in the middle of the match.The outage also disrupted viewing of a men's quarter-final match at Wimbledon.YouTube apologised, acknowledging "the timing is horrible". Service was resumed half an hour later, the firm said.Fans vented their annoyance on social media.It is not the first time the service has gone down at a crucial moment. In May it blacked out during a key NBA (National Basketball Association) match.In a tweet announcing the service was back, YouTube said it "understood the frustration".Google launched YouTube TV in April 2017, offering access to more than 50 traditional broadcast and ca...
Sony posts whole movie on YouTube in trailer's place

Sony posts whole movie on YouTube in trailer's place

Technology
Thousands of people watched a film posted in its entirety to YouTube by its US distributor before the apparent mistake was tackled.Sony Pictures Entertainment had labelled the video as being a trailer for the movie Khali the Killer.But its 90 minute duration acted as a giveaway that the upload contained more than just highlights from the film.The video was wiped after being online for more than six hours but not before news of its availability had spread.CBR.com - which seems to have been the first news site to report the discovery - described it as an "epic mistake".Members of the public also made fun of the find via social media.Sony has not responded to the BBC's request for comment. Content is not available Content i...
Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

Technology
Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on their smartphones. The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram's video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Accounts with large audiences will be able to go as long as an hour. Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV. The video will eventually give Facebook more opportunities to sell advertising. It's the latest instance in which Instagram has ripped a page from a rival's playbook in an effort to preserve its status as a cool place for young people to share and view content. In this case, Instagram is mimicking Google's YouTube. Before, Facebook an...
Children exposed to horror film ads on YouTube

Children exposed to horror film ads on YouTube

Technology
Children were left distressed after seeing ads for a horror film on YouTube, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has revealed.Three parents contacted the ASA after their children saw ads for Insidious: The Last Key - rated 15 in the UK.One ad for the film was shown before videos of songs from Frozen, instructions for building a Lego fire station and a clip from the cartoon PJ Masks.The ASA has upheld the complaints.In a second ad, the ASA said a young woman was seen "lying on a floor immobile, bloodied and distressed while a humanoid creature crept towards her and then probed at her with claw-like fingers and pierced her skin".Screaming womenFurther horror-themed imagery followed, including a sequence of women screaming.Thi...