Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'

Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'

At the time, WIRED wrote : “The complaint claims that a significant portion of popular content on YouTube is designed for kids, whose personal information—including IP address, geolocation, and persistent identifiers used to track users across sites—is unlawfully collected by Google and then used to target ads.” Google’s settlement, which was first reported by Politico, would far exceed the record for children’s privacy violations set by TikTok ’s $5.7 million fine earlier this year.

Capitalism Burns the Amazon, Lawsuits Burn YouTube, and More News

Capitalism Burns the Amazon, Lawsuits Burn YouTube, and More News

Unchecked capitalism is driving the Amazon fire, YouTube is making everyone mad, and experts have found the next Flint, Michigan.Fires in the Amazon aren't new, but there's a reason the most recent ones have been so devastating : capitalism.

The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids

The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids

In a report Thursday, the Pew Research Center said that in the vast ecosystem of YouTube’s English-language videos, children’s content and content featuring kids under 13 are some of the most popular videos on the site.

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

In the case of the pedophile scandal, YouTube's AI was actively recommending suggestive videos of children to users who were most likely to engage with those videos. The feedback loop works like this: (1) People who spend more time on the platforms have a greater impact on recommendation systems.

This Chrome Extension Calls Out Sponsored YouTube Videos

This Chrome Extension Calls Out Sponsored YouTube Videos

Last year, an analysis of over 500,000 YouTube videos and more than 2.1 million Pinterest pins conducted by the Princeton researchers found that influencers rarely disclose their connections to such affiliate marketing links.

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze

Depth of Field: The Quiet Force of YouTuber Etika's Gaze. We will never know for certain what more Desmond Amofah wanted to communicate—this week, the body of the popular YouTube gamer was found in Manhattan's East River—but we can hazard a guess.

YouTube Is Giving You More Control Over Video Recommendations

YouTube Is Giving You More Control Over Video Recommendations

YouTube will also start disclosing to iOS users the reason a video was recommended to them, like how Facebook tells you why you saw a specific advertisement or post in your News Feed.

The Psychological Impact of Seeing YouTubers Spend Millions

The Psychological Impact of Seeing YouTubers Spend Millions

YouTubers like Tana Mongeau, Jeffree Star, and Jake Paul have turned showing off wealth into its own genre.

A Shitty Robot Tesla Truck, Facebook's New Cryptocurrency, and More News

A Shitty Robot Tesla Truck, Facebook's New Cryptocurrency, and More News

A Shitty Robot Tesla Truck, Facebook's New Cryptocurrency, and More News. Facebook is unveiling a cryptocurrency, a YouTuber hacked up her Tesla, and US cyber experts worry about war with Russia. The ambitious plans behind Facebook's new cryptocurrency.

YouTube's 'Shitty Robot' Queen Made Her Own Tesla Pickup Truck

YouTube's 'Shitty Robot' Queen Made Her Own Tesla Pickup Truck

It marks a kind of turning point for Giertz, who says she’d like to focus more on building cars, and not the shitty kind. Around this time last year, Giertz partnered with a friend, engineer Marcos Ramirez, to start sketching out what a Model 3-turned-pickup-truck would look like.

YouTube Testimonials Lure Patients to Shady Stem Cell Clinics

YouTube Testimonials Lure Patients to Shady Stem Cell Clinics

Then there’s the ease with which stem cell clinics reach potential patients online. Often, this involves the patient testimonial video—one of the most successful marketing strategies employed by stem cell clinics.

YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators

Yesterday, YouTube decided that when right-wing commentator Steven Crowder calls Vox video host Carlos Maza, who is gay and of Cuban descent, a "Mexican" "lispy queer," it does not violate the platform’s policies on harassment.

YouTube Is Banning Extremist Videos. Will It Work?

YouTube Is Banning Extremist Videos. Will It Work?

YouTube is changing its hate speech policy to more effectively police extremist content, a move targeting the legions of neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and other bigots that long have used the platform to spread their toxic ideologies.

All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It

All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It

Both are structured in the same way as Voice & Audio Activity , with options to erase records one by one, a day at a time, or all together via the Delete activity by link, if you click Manage activity .You do have options when it comes to temporarily stopping Google tracking you, as well—staying signed out when using YouTube for example, not signing into Google Chrome, or using incognito mode when searching and browsing in Chrome.

Gadget Lab Podcast: YouTube’s Latest Makeup Drama, Explained

Gadget Lab Podcast: YouTube’s Latest Makeup Drama, Explained

You can always listen to this week's podcast through the audio player on this page, but if you want to subscribe for free to get every episode, here's how:.

YouTube's 'Slow-Mo Guys' Share the Best Slow-Motion Videos

YouTube's 'Slow-Mo Guys' Share the Best Slow-Motion Videos

"You get to see things from a scientific perspective that you wouldn't normally get to see normally," says Daniel Gruchy, one half of the duo better known as YouTube's The Slow Mo Guys.

Like Guns, Social Media Is a Weapon That Should Be Regulated

Like Guns, Social Media Is a Weapon That Should Be Regulated

The decision by the Sri Lankan government this week to shut down the big social networks—including Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Snapchat—in the aftermath of an Easter day terrorist attack on three Catholic churches and three upscale hotels feels like a turning point in our relationship with these platforms.

Don't Praise the Sri Lankan Government for Blocking Facebook

Don't Praise the Sri Lankan Government for Blocking Facebook

After a series of bombings killed over 300 people in Sri Lanka Easter Sunday, the country’s government blocked access to social media sites including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and the chat app Viber, according to state media and independent organizations that monitor internet blocks.

Google Walkout Organizers Say They're Facing Retaliation

Google Walkout Organizers Say They're Facing Retaliation

Claire Stapleton, another walkout organizer and a 12-year veteran of the company, said in the email that two months after the protest she was told she would be demoted from her role as marketing manager at YouTube and lose half her reports.

With 'Homecoming', Beyoncé Fully Leverages Her Internet Dominance

With 'Homecoming', Beyoncé Fully Leverages Her Internet Dominance

This time around, though, the megastar is out to make sure everyone who wants and needs to experience Homecoming can do so, releasing the concert film on Netflix and an accompanying 40-song, two-hour-long album on—deep breath—Apple Music, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Tidal, all at once.

Markiplier Is Not Done With YouTube

Markiplier Is Not Done With YouTube

“It was getting to me that I was making videos I wasn’t really proud of, that I wasn’t using them to really learn anything.” Now, he’s ready for that rare luxury in influencerland: time off.

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

Guillaume Chaslot, who previously worked on recommendations at YouTube but now works to document their flaws , says those problems stem from companies designing systems designed primarily to maximize the time users spend on their services.

The Disinformation Problem Starts at Home

The Disinformation Problem Starts at Home

These overdue moves illustrate the companies’ ability to identify and police false content, and they undercut a notion widely embraced in the social media industry that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube shouldn’t be “arbiters of the truth.” WIRED OPINION ABOUT Paul M.

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube

The Goat-Birthing, Tomato-Fermenting Homesteaders of YouTube The comments sections are the most knowledgeable I’ve ever encountered: If a YouTuber is doing something wrong, there’s always some sheep or peach tree or rainwater collection expert there to troubleshoot and offer advice.

Facebook Will Crack Down on Anti-Vaccine Content

Facebook Will Crack Down on Anti-Vaccine Content

The company also said it was exploring ways to give users more context about vaccines from “expert organizations.” The decision was widely anticipated: Facebook, along with YouTube and Amazon, has faced criticism from journalists and lawmakers in recent weeks for allowing vaccine misinformation to flourish on their sites.

The Piracy Wars Are Over. Let's Talk about Data Incumbency

The Piracy Wars Are Over. Let's Talk about Data Incumbency

The EU copyright proposals reflect the view that the main problem for artists is still Internet “piracy” in different forms, such as the notional “ value gap ” between what the recording industry gets paid for licensed music by YouTube and other platforms, and what it thinks it should get paid.

YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts to Reduce Violent Content

YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts to Reduce Violent Content

Samantha Cooper YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki defended her company’s efforts to keep violent content off the video platform at the sixth annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit Friday in San Francisco.

16 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Stream Right Now

16 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Stream Right Now

Where to stream it: iTunes , Amazon Prime Video , YouTube First Reformed When it comes to this year's biggest Oscar snubs, Ethan Hawke's lack of Academy recognition for his work in First Reformed is at the top of the list.

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media

Your Boring, Everyday Life Belongs on Social Media Dull tours of supermarkets and mundane candid shots soothe us with warmth and relatability on YouTube and Instagram—and push back against the envy industry.

YouTube and Instagram Tots Are the New Child Stars

YouTube and Instagram Tots Are the New Child Stars

"I don't want to have a child 15 years from now sitting in a therapist's office saying my parents made me take pictures every day," Bee Fisher says.

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