YouTube

is a video-sharing website where users can upload videos. It is currently (7/2012) the largest such site, and was founded in 2005 by  Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who all worked at PayPal before. While it mainly featured movies from regular folks (and some illegal user uploads) at the beginning, but eventually YouTube grabbed enough market share to attract higher quality content over the years. Now, there is something for everyone, and YouTube continues to push for high-quality content, while keeping the support from amateur video-makers. The company was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6B.

YouTube Is Reportedly Moving Away From Original Series
Original series was one of the ways YouTube thought it could get people to sign up for the premium tier. It has tried that for a while but may not have seen the expected results. According to a new report, YouTube has canceled two of its biggest original series and is no longer accepting pitches for new scripted shows.

YouTube Is Bringing Snapchat-Like Filters To Its Stories
Last year YouTube announced that they would be introducing a new feature in the form of YouTube Stories. This would function similar to other Stories features from the likes of Snapchat and Instagram and Facebook, and unsurprisingly it seems that the feature is getting upgraded with new filters that users can take advantage of.

YouTube To Display Fact Checks On Search Results For Sensitive Topics
Like any major online platform, YouTube also has a misinformation problem. A recent study found that videos on YouTube have contributed to the rise in the number of people who believe that the Earth is flat. The company has now decided to launch a new information panel which will be used to display fact checks when users search for controversial and sensitive topics.

YouTube Will Now Disable Comments On Videos With Minors
With YouTube being such an open platform, moderating it can be difficult and as such it is usually left to the channel owners to moderate their own channels and comments. Unfortunately not all creators have the time to do so, which unfortunately has led to some very inappropriate comments being left behind on videos featuring minors.

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YouTube For Web Testing Out A Mobile-Like Interface
With YouTube having been around for so long, the platform can be found on all kinds of platforms, with each platform sporting a distinct UI designed to be used on certain devices. However for some reason, it seems that YouTube is testing out a mobile-like interface for its web counterpart.

YouTube Is Now Blocking Ads On Videos That Might Contain Predatory Comments
When it comes to policing YouTube videos and deciding what should be allowed to stay up an what shouldn’t, it feels like YouTube is still trying to figure out how to go about doing that. This is because YouTube has recently revealed on Twitter (via Engadget) that they are now blocking ads on videos that could be prone to predatory comments.

YouTube Blamed For Rise In Flat Earthers
There are still a lot of people out there who believe that the Earth is flat for some reason. You will find no shortage of content online that supports this absurd theory. It seems that Flat Earthers have had a bit of a resurgence which new research blames squarely on the widespread availability of hoaxes and fake news on YouTube.

YouTube CEO Agrees 2018 Rewind Video Was 'Cringey'
YouTube has a tradition of putting up a Rewind video towards the end of every year which recaps some of the biggest highlights of the platform for the outgoing year. It did the same in 2018 but viewers didn’t like it one bit. The 2018 Rewind video actually ended up breaking the record for the most disliked video on YouTube. It broke the record merely a week after it was […]

YouTube Discussing Options To Prevent 'Dislike' Button Abuse
The Like and Dislike buttons on YouTube allow viewers to provide feedback to creators about the videos they upload. More often than not, “dislike mobs” get together to target a video by disliking it en masse without even watching. This is something that obviously irks creators and YouTube has been discussing its options to prevent it.

YouTube Inverts Resolution Options In Quality Picker
YouTube lets you pick the playback quality to suit your internet situation. If you’ve got a reasonably fast connection, it will start off at a lower resolution and automatically ramp it up to the highest possible setting based on your connection speed. You could also do this manually and the video streaming service has now switched up the order in which the resolution options are listed in the quality picker.

YouTube To Stop Recommending Conspiracy Videos
Conspiracy videos can be fun and entertaining to a certain degree because it makes you think about things. However at the same time it can be dangerous as it can result in people actually buying into the conspiracy, which could also make them take action based on potential falsehoods that could endanger themselves or others around them.

YouTube TV Finally Rolling Out Nationwide
The YouTube TV streaming service was launched back in February 2017. It has been over two years since it was launched and it has gradually been rolled out to markets across the United States. YouTube TV has finally reached nationwide availability after almost two years of its initial launch. It now offers coverage for 98 percent of households in the United States.

YouTube Drops Banhammer On Dangerous Challenges And Pranks
Videos about challenges and pranks tend to do quite well on YouTube. There has always been a debate on where does one cross a line when it comes to content of this sort as there are more than a few instances where people have taken things to far just for fame and fortune on YouTube. In light of the recent Bird Box-inspired challenges being posted on YouTube, the video streaming […]

YouTube Testing Video Download Recommendations
YouTube has for a while now allowed users to download videos for offline watching. This can come in handy if you’re traveling somewhere and don’t have an internet connection, but want to keep yourself entertained. It can also be useful in developing markets where mobile data is expensive and limited, so saving videos offline while on WiFi lets users watch them later.