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YouTube to restrict 'disturbing' children's videos, if flagged

YouTube to restrict 'disturbing' children's videos, if flagged

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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 says it already stops such videos earning advertising revenue.YouTube said its team was "made up of parents who are committed to improving our apps and getting this right".But critics say YouTube is not taking enough action by waiting for viewers to report inappropriate videos.'Something's wrong'The problem of video-makers using popular characters such as Peppa Pig in violent or sexual videos, to frighten children, has been widely reported.However, Mr Bridle's blog post went deeper into what he called t...
YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

YouTube star Casey Neistat criticises video site's leaders

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One of YouTube's most influential vloggers has attacked the service's leaders, claiming they are failing many of their most popular video creators.Specifically, Casey Neistat criticised the way the platform had made it impossible for some videos to generate advertising revenue, without clearly explaining the rules to its community.One of his own videos - an interview with Indonesia's president - was temporarily "demonetised" last week.YouTube has said it is listening."We watched Casey's video and appreciate him and the wider community voicing their concerns," a spokeswoman told the BBC."We know this has been a difficult few months, and we're working hard to improve our systems. We're making progress, but we know there is a lot more to do."'Existential threat'Mr Neistat has more than eight ...
YouTube football team Hashtag United 'living the dream'

YouTube football team Hashtag United 'living the dream'

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"We're average footballers living the professional footballer dream," says Seb Carmichael-Brown, vice-captain of amateur side Hashtag United.The squad is a group of mates, most of whom have day jobs off the pitch which have nothing to do with sport.And yet they have toured the US, Serbia, Ireland and Jersey, had their own kit custom-made by sportswear giant Umbro and average 700,000 views per match. They've also played at the UK's top stadiums including Wembley and the Etihad, as well as the O2 Arena and Everton's training ground. And it's all thanks to a carefully crafted presence on YouTube.Crucially, the team didn't start life as total unknowns. Captain Spencer Owen was already a successful football and gaming YouTuber in his own right, and now has nearly two million followers. "He has...
YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

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YouTube says it will redirect people searching for "violent extremist propaganda" and offer them videos that denounce terrorism.People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos "debunking its mythology".YouTube said it wanted to help prevent people being radicalised.The company told the BBC that uploading IS propaganda was already against its terms and conditions.In a blog post, the video-streaming giant said it was implementing ideas from the Redirect Method, a campaign that tries to steer the IS audience towards videos that debunk the group's recruitment tactics.The themed video playlists challenge claims by the so-called Islamic State group that it provides good governance, is a strong military force, and that world pow...