YouTube deletes 30,000 vaccine misinfo videos

A YouTube spokeswoman said the videos contradicted vaccine information from the World Health Organization (WHO) or health authorities such as the NHS.

In October, it banned vaccine misinformation in a bid to clamp down on attempts to discredit the jabs.

It added that in the past year, it had removed more than 800,000 videos for coronavirus misinformation.

That figure covers more than just vaccines, but wider "medically unsubstantiated" claims about the virus.

Zac Efron You Tube promotion draws ire from fans

It is a comment indicative of YouTube's fractious relationship with its users of late.

The video-sharing site saw its annual highlights package become the most-disliked video of all time in December 2018, while in February 2019 it was criticised after deleting the accounts of several prominent YouTubers.

Now a new storm is brewing, and it centres around A-list celebrities.

Zac Efron is the latest Hollywood star to crossover to YouTube, with his first video published on 30 March 2019.

Bieber fans help YouTube Rewind become 'most disliked'

It has almost 10.1 million "dislikes", with more than 82% of its viewers saying they did not enjoy it.

With almost 9.9 million "dislikes", the video for Justin Bieber's 2010 song Baby had filled the bottom slot for several years.

And fans' comments below Baby reveal many "disliked" Rewind in a deliberate effort to bump Bieber off the bottom.

"Justin must be feeling so relieved now," posted one YouTube member, whose comment rapidly attracted more than 1,000 likes itself.


Sony posts whole movie on YouTube in trailer's place

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. - 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.

Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' takes YouTube top spot

Wiz Khalifa's video "See You Again" featuring singer Charlie Puth hit nearly 2.9 billion views on YouTube on Tuesday morning, taking the top spot for most viewed video from Psy, the Korean pop star behind the previous record holder "Gangnam Style."

"Gangnam Style" held the most viewed video record on YouTube for five years, after surpassing Justin Bieber's "Baby" in November of 2012, YouTube said in a statement on Tuesday.

The new record comes just days before the five-year anniversary of the release of "Gangham Style" on YouTube.

YouTube star accused of asking underage fans to send explicit videos

Now, the 24-year-old social media star is accused of exploiting that fan base by allegedly asking underage girls to send him sexually explicit videos of themselves.

Authorities say they found dozens of pornographic videos on Jones' phone when he was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport earlier this week.

"Mr. Jones is scared," said Gerardo Solon Gutierrez, who was his lawyer until Thursday afternoon when Jones' family fired him.

When CNN contacted Jones' new lawyer, he hung up on the call.


'Prove you're my biggest fan'

YouTube clarifies 'hate speech' rules

In a blog post, the video-sharing website said it would not allow adverts to appear alongside "hateful" or discriminatory content.

YouTube said it was making the changes to "address advertiser concerns around where their advertisements are placed".

But some bloggers say the rules are too strict and will affect their income.

Boy learns to drive on YouTube for McDonald's joyride

Ohio's Morning Journal said police received calls from residents about a child driving through town.

Staff at the restaurant thought they were the victims of a prank when the underage pair stopped at the drive-through window, the paper added.

The boy obeyed all traffic lights and laws, witnesses said.

"He didn't hit a single thing on the way there. It was unreal," police officer Jacob Koehler, from the village of East Palestine, said.

The child told police he had learned to drive by watching YouTube videos.

YouTube to help gamers build their audiences

It's part of a new multi-year deal the company has signed with FaceIt, one of the world's leading eSports platforms.

YouTube has bought the rights to exclusively live-stream events like the eSports Championship Series, which kicks off this weekend.

But it's also pledging to help gamers monetise their individual channels, to give eSports a "sustainable economy".

The ECS is FaceIt's biggest competition and revolves around the game Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

Tati Mangi: Minister Gore must provide platform for artists

While he has no grudges against the Censorship Board and the Minister responsible, he has one appeal to the office of the Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development:

“Help the music industry and provide a good platform for upcoming artists.”

Tati says at the moment, there is no direction and without help, artists are coming up with anything.

“This is a long time issue. We struggle with piracy, there’s no stable industry or platform to boost creativity and no awareness on copyright, etc.