YouTube apologizes for errant removals, creates team to tackle false takedowns

youtube extremist videos penalized ios
YouTube has taken to its forum to announce major changes to the way it polices videos, including the removal of clips and de-monetizing channels.

The Google-owned video service claims that it has noticed a surge in comments and discussion regarding the enforcement of its policies. Apologizing for any mistakes that may have been made on its part, YouTube states that the negative feedback has resulted in the creation of a team dedicated to “minimizing mistakes.”

Specifically, it refers to creating better communication channels between creators and its support team. Additionally, it also promises to make “improvements to increase transparency into the status of monetization claims.”

According to certain reports, YouTube creators have grown critical of its automated content ID system, which was responsible for the tasks its new, dedicated team will now increasingly take on itself.

Although YouTube claims that it has not witnessed a big change in the “overall rate of removals,” the comments on the forum post indicate that users are disgruntled by false copyright claims against videos. Affected creators can currently submit appeals forms to get their videos reinstated. Opponents claim that the time it takes to process the forms leads to a hit on their revenue, which for some of the platform’s biggest stars can equal a lot of money.

“You are in fact not monitoring the copyright dispute system and are instead allowing gross abuses of it,” claims Brother Bones in a popular comment on the forum post addressing the changes. “After this month I’m probably not going to continue my YouTube Red subscription because it seems wrong to support a company that clearly cares so little for the people that create content for them.”

YouTube has hit back, telling Engadget that “copyright wasn’t under discussion as part of the reforms.” However, in order to retain its biggest users — and employ them to create exclusive content for its Red subscription service — it will be relying on its changes to stem the tide of negative feedback.

Business

Patreon is having another go at changing the way it charges creators

Patreon messed up pretty badly the last time it tried to change its payment system. Now it's having another go, though this time the changes mainly affect future sign-ups rather than its current community of creators.
Movies & TV

No TV? No problem. Here's how to watch the Final Four online

Whether you want to watch the Big Dance on your phone or on your smart TV, we have the lowdown on all the ways to watch March Madness you can handle. Grab your foam finger and some nachos.
Social Media

New Zealand attack shows that as A.I. filters get smarter, so do violators

The shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand were livestreamed to social media, and while stats show networks are improving at removing offending videos, as the system improves, so do the violators' workarounds.
Computing

Here's how to download a YouTube video to watch offline later

Learning how to download YouTube videos is easier than you might think. There are tools you can use both online and offline. This step-by-step guide will instruct you on how to use them.
Social Media

Twitter takes a cue from Instagram and Snapchat with new quick-swipe camera

Twitter is giving the "what's happening" treatment to photos and video by allowing users to access the in-app camera fast enough to catch and share the moment. The new Twitter camera is now accessible with a swipe.
Social Media

Yep, it’s not just you. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are down for many

Facebook's family of apps has been suffering issues for much of the day. Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook itself have been out of action for users around the world, with the company scrambling to sort it out.
Social Media

Facebook may soon let you watch live TV with friends in Watch Party

Facebook Watch Party is designed to allow friends to watch together, even when they can't be in the same physical space. Now, that feature could be expanding to include live TV. Facebook announced a test of the feature, starting with live…
Social Media

Federal investigation digs into Facebook’s data-sharing deals

Facebook confirmed it is cooperating with a federal criminal investigation. According to a report, the company is under investigation for sharing user data with smartphone and tablet companies.
Social Media

Facebook explains its worst outage as 3 million users head to Telegram

Facebook, if you didn't already know it, suffered a bit of an issue on Wednesday, March 13. An issue that took down not only its social networking site, but also Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. On Thursday it offered an explanation.
Gaming

Snapchat could soon let you play games in between your selfies

If a new report is accurate, Snapchat will be getting an integrated gaming platform in April. The platform will feature mobile games form third-party developers, and one publisher is already signed on.
Social Media

Twitter is testing a handy subscription feature for following threads

Twitter has recently started testing a feature that lets you subscribe to a thread so that you’ll no longer need to like a comment or post to it yourself in order to receive notifications of new contributions.
Social Media

Your Google+ public content will remain viewable on the web, if you want it to

Google's failed social network — Google+ — will soon be wiped from the internet, but there's a team of volunteers working right now to save its public content for the Internet Archive.
Computing

There’s more space on MySpace after ‘accidental’ wipe of 50 million songs

MySpace is no longer a safe refuge for music and media produced in the 2000s. It said that almost any artistic content uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015 may have been lost as part of a server migration last year.
Computing

Intel and Facebook team up to give Cooper Lake an artificial intelligence boost

Intel's upcoming Cooper Lake microarchitecture will be getting a boost when it comes to artificial intelligence processes, thanks to a partnership with Facebook. The results are CPUs that are able to work faster.