Stock content service Storyblocks evolves with new partner program – gpgmail

Storyblocks, the subscription-based stock audio, imagery and video service formerly known as Videoblocks, today announced the launch of its new Member Library Partner Program. The company has also shuttered its pay-per-download marketplace and is now fully invested in its all-inclusive subscription program. The reason for this move, the company says, it to better align its […]

Google reaches $170M settlement with FTC – gpgmail

The Daily Crunch is gpgmail’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Children’s privacy costs just $170 million for Google in settlement with the FTC The complaint from the Federal Trade Commission and […]

YouTube to spend $100M on original children’s content – gpgmail

Creators of child-directed content will be financially impacted by the changes required by the FTC settlement, YouTube admitted today. The settlement will end the use of children’s personal data for ad-targeting purposes, the FTC said. To address creators’ concerns over their businesses, YouTube also announced a $100 million fund to invest in original children’s content. […]

YouTube creators may also be held liable for COPPA violations, following FTC settlement – gpgmail

The FTC is imposing a historic fine of $170 million for YouTube’s violation of the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The settlement agreement will put increased responsibility on both YouTube and the content creators themselves to properly identify any child-directed content on the platform, as YouTube is now prohibited from collecting personal data […]

YouTube claims it removed 5x more hateful content in Q2, including 100K+ videos, 17K+ channels – gpgmail

In an update today, YouTube is claiming to have made significant progress in removing harmful video on its platform following a June update to its content policy which prohibited supremacist and other hateful content. The company says it has this quarter removed over 100,000 videos and terminated over 17,000 channels for hate speech — a […]

YouTube’s Neal Mohan is coming to Disrupt SF – gpgmail

YouTube has found itself front-and-center in the recent debates about free speech, the internet and how the online world is shaping our offline lives. There’s no denying the site’s tremendous reach and influence, but that’s also why it’s faced so much criticism for the role it can play in spreading misinformation, harassment and hate speech […]

‘Behind the Screen’ illuminates the invisible, indispensable content moderation industry – gpgmail

The moderators who sift through the toxic detritus of social media have gained the spotlight recently, but they’ve been important for far longer — longer than internet giants would like you to know. In her new book “Behind the Screen,” UCLA’s Sarah Roberts illuminates the history of this scrupulously hidden workforce and the many forms […]

Ahead of FTC ruling, YouTube Kids is getting a website – gpgmail

Ahead of the official announcement of an FTC settlement which could force YouTube to direct under-13-year-old users to a separate experience for YouTube’s kid-friendly content, the company has quietly announced plans to launch its YouTube Kids service on the web. Previously, parents would have to download the YouTube Kids app to a mobile device in […]

YouTube begins to label videos by publishers with government or public funding – gpgmail

Days after Google said YouTube was used in a coordinated effort to spread misinformation about protesters in Hong Kong, the platform has begun labeling videos uploaded by media organizations that receive government or public funding. While YouTube says the new feature, which is now live in 10 regions, including Hong Kong, is intended to provide […]

YouTube is closing its private messages feature…and many kids are outraged – gpgmail

People love to share YouTube videos among their friends, which is why in mid-2017 YouTube launched a new in-app messaging feature that would allow YouTube users to private send their friends videos and chat within a dedicated tab in the YouTube mobile app. That feature is now being shut down, the company says. After September […]