#PokimaneBoyfriend and the Scandalous Reign of Drama YouTube

#PokimaneBoyfriend and the Scandalous Reign of Drama YouTube

Yesterday, YouTuber Calvin “LeafyIsHere” Vail posted a video attempting to eviscerate celebrity Twitch streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys.On her Twitch channel, followed by 5.3 million people, Anys streams first-person shooter Valorant, reacts to ridiculous YouTube videos, pets her cat, and mouths over the lyrics of pop songs.

The Hobbies and Products Getting Us Through Quarantine

The Hobbies and Products Getting Us Through Quarantine

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The 2020 Election Shows the Techlash Has Only Gone So Far

The 2020 Election Shows the Techlash Has Only Gone So Far

Elizabeth Warren, who has been criticizing monopolistic corporations for years, trained her fire on Silicon Valley early last year with an audacious plan to break up Big Tech , a call that Bernie Sanders joined.

The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job

The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job

“Can it be used on my 13-year-old daughter?” one customer asks about a product called “Nose Up Lifting Magic Nose Shaper Clip Beauty Nose Slimming Device Pain Free High Up Tool.” The seller’s answer?

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

A chat box alongside the video displays frustrated messages: “I still haven’t got the money,” or “I did all the steps.” The stream, which often sits atop YouTube Gaming’s directory, remained live last weekend for over 21 hours, during which it was viewed over 1.1 million times.

YouTube's Disinformation Crackdown, Coronavirus Wild Cards, and More News

YouTube's Disinformation Crackdown, Coronavirus Wild Cards, and More News

YouTube is taking a stand and experts are mapping where coronavirus will land, but first: a cartoon about a robotic barista with a human touch .You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

YouTube Will Police Political Videos More Closely

YouTube Will Police Political Videos More Closely

YouTube said it will also bar videos that have been manipulated or doctored to deceive users, including content that “has been technically manipulated to make it appear that a government official is dead.” That rule would have removed videos supporting conspiracy theories such as one that took root last year suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was secretly dead.

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

Today, YouTube announced that it will exclusively stream three behemoth esports leagues—the Call of Duty League, the Overwatch League, and Hearthstone Esports, all controlled by Activision Blizzard—that had lived primarily on the game streaming platform Twitch.

Twitch's Non-Gamers Are Finally Having Their Moment

Twitch's Non-Gamers Are Finally Having Their Moment

A new report from stream management site StreamElements indicates that in December, Twitch viewers watched 81 million hours of “Just Chatting,” Twitch’s category for streamers who do exactly that, plus any number of other grab-bag activities.

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

Taking over TV is quite the coup for a platform that got its start just 15 years ago above a pizzeria in San Mateo, California, and it’s not just late-night television that’s ceding territory to the big red play button.

On Farming YouTube, Emu Eggs and Hay Bales Find Loyal Fans

On Farming YouTube, Emu Eggs and Hay Bales Find Loyal Fans

Buxton says YouTube has seen an influx of new creators who specifically chronicle what it’s like to open a farm after living in a city or working a corporate job.

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

The WIRED Guide to Influencers

Influencers like Luka Sabbat, a model-turned-actor with two million followers on Instagram, can charge upwards of $40,000 to promote products in story and feed posts.

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop

Katie Anstett, a 16-year-old slime-trepreneur of Instagram fame, guided newbies as they shaped their own goo, as part of the workshop hosted by WIRED's Louise Matsakis.

Today’s Cartoon: WebMD

Today’s Cartoon: WebMD

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.And if that's still not enough, you can find all of WIRED's cartoons in one place, right here .

Maybe It’s Not YouTube’s Algorithm That Radicalizes People

Maybe It’s Not YouTube’s Algorithm That Radicalizes People

The authors say the quantity and popularity of alternative (mostly right-wing) political media on YouTube is driven by both supply and demand.“We believe that the novel and disturbing fact of people consuming white nationalist video media was not caused by the supply of this media ‘radicalizing’ an otherwise moderate audience,” they write.

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

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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.