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.

China Distributes Spyware at Its Border and Beyond

China Distributes Spyware at Its Border and Beyond

Though they are developed by well-known companies and the location sharing is advertised for accepted uses, these apps also have the potential to be exploited by attackers who have access to victim devices.

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 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.

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:.

How the Videogame Aesthetic Flows Into All of Culture

How the Videogame Aesthetic Flows Into All of Culture

One of the principal pleasures offered by both videogames and social media is the experience of flow . Our media culture today offers a variety of passive experiences that share a key characteristic with Csikszentmihalyi’s flow: the pleasure of losing oneself.

In Congressional Hearing on Hate, the Haters Got Their Way

In Congressional Hearing on Hate, the Haters Got Their Way

Candace Owens, a conservative commentator with the group Turning Points USA, told the House Judiciary Committee that the real hatred is coming from Democrats and gave tech companies cover for their role in stoking hate.

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.

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral

Why Tech Didn't Stop the New Zealand Attack From Going Viral The online spread of a video from a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch Friday shows the limits of social media moderation.

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.

Photos of Ordinary Objects Sliced in Half With a Water Jet

Photos of Ordinary Objects Sliced in Half With a Water Jet

Such water jets, which use a mixture of water and extra-fine garnet sand, are generally used to cut sheet metal, but a few years ago Warren began using one to bisect ordinary objects like boxing gloves, oil filters, and golf balls that he found at Goodwill or other second-hand stores.

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.

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.

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.

YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy

YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy

The company announced the shift in a blog post on Friday, writing that it would begin cracking down on so-called "borderline content" that comes close to violating its community standards without quite crossing the line.

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

By August they had moved in, ready to strike out in the new home they’d christened “Forever Lost,” according to Guy, or “Miss Carry Van,” according to Ann. Wells showed the way, and his promises were manifold—by shacking up in a vehicle and committing to a frugal, minimal, and itinerant life, you could drop out of the rat race, make meaningful experiences, and join a tribe of like-minded individuals who’d thrown off the shackles of hollow, middle-class consumerism.

That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme

That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme

Dozens of copycat clips were uploaded to YouTube, all featuring people doing The Breakfast Club dance to “Lisztomania,” including Ocasio-Cortez at Boston University.

2018 Tech in Memoriam: Goodbye to the iPhone SE, Google+, and More

2018 Tech in Memoriam: Goodbye to the iPhone SE, Google+, and More

Off Tumblr, porn bloggers have tried to seek refuge for their content on other, smaller blog sites.Google+, Inbox, URL Shortener, AlloThis year, Google announced that it will be pulling the plug on a number of its services.

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

Its problems reflect and contribute to our culture like a big, scandalous, Tide Pod-and-condom-slurping ouroboros.So it’s fitting that YouTube’s most persistent bugaboos this year have been America’s: out-of-control celebrities and our cultural addiction to them, racism and conspiracy theories, and policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable groups like the LGBTQ community.But as much as 2018 was a year beset by scandal and frenzied backpedaling, it was also a year in which YouTube started trying in earnest to reckon with its own problems.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

At the time, the company was asked: “Does Facebook believe that any of the content created by the Russian Internet Research Agency was designed to discourage anyone from voting?” Facebook responded: “We believe this is an assessment that can be made only by investigators with access to classified intelligence and information from all relevant companies and industries.”A Facebook spokesperson added on Monday morning: “We continue to fully cooperate with officials investigating the IRA’s activity on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 election.