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YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions

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YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland’s reed dance, which feature bare-breasted women. A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when “culturally relevant or properly contextualised”. Users who had uploaded reed dance videos were angered when it was classified as age-restricted content. YouTube has denied accusations of racism, saying it was keen to ...

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WhatsApp and YouTube terror video man jailed

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A man who filmed a drive-by video calling British soldiers “baby butchers of the Muslims” has been jailed for posting terrorist propaganda online. Taha Hussain, from Slough, Berkshire, also made a film in Windsor, saying a statue of the Queen “will be toppled” like the one of Saddam Hussain in Iraq. The 21-year-old was convicted of seven counts of disseminating ...

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Nigerians can now view YouTube offline

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Google boss Sundar Pichai joined members of his executive team on his first visit to Nigeria as the company announced a series of products for the country, including YouTube Go, a platform where users with slow Internet can preview and save videos. YouTube users in the country can now download any video in a range of different resolutions so that they can watch ...

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YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’

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YouTube’s child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company’s volunteer watchdogs. There’s a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them – and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a special network of volunteers, called Trusted Flaggers, who help identify worrisome posts ...

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YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

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YouTube says it will redirect people searching for “violent extremist propaganda” and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos “debunking its mythology”. YouTube said it wanted to help prevent people being radicalised. The company told the BBC that uploading IS propaganda was already against ...

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YouTube clarifies ‘hate speech’ rules

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YouTube has clarified its rules on hate speech to enable video-makers to know which content it considers to be “advertiser-friendly”. 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 ...

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YouTube responds to criticism of LGBTQ video ‘blocking’

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Restricted Mode aims to filter out “more mature content” and is switched off by default. But some vloggers, including Tyler Oakley, say they’re “perplexed” by non-explicit material being blocked. The site tweeted: “We regret any confusion this has caused and are looking into your concerns.” YouTube said: “LGBTQ+ videos are available in Restricted Mode, but videos that discuss more sensitive ...

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YouTube tackles unclaimed music royalties

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Millions of dollars in unclaimed music royalties in the US will be distributed by YouTube following an agreement with the US National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). The payout refers to tracks with unknown owners used on the platform between August 2012 and December 2015. Publishers who opt in will be sent a list and will then have a window in ...

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YouTube launches scheme to offer rewards to users who report videos

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YouTube has launched a scheme to encourage users to moderate content on the website. They will reward so-called Heroes for reporting videos and comments they believe violate community guidelines. But the plan has been criticised by a number of YouTube stars and viewers. YouTube already lets people report abusive or offensive content found on the site. But now they’ll be ...

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Egypt asks YouTube to remove Cairo sexual assault video

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Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted during a rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square supporting the country’s newly elected president. A spokesman for President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said the request was made by the Egyptian embassy in Washington. The woman asked for the video to be taken down when Mr Sisi visited her ...

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