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YouTubers expose how keywords like ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ lead to demonetization

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In a new video titled “YouTube’s Biggest Lie,” vloggers Nerd City, in collaboration with Sealow and YouTube Analyzed, tested out more than 15,000 keywords and phrases to see what would get a video demonetized. Changing the word gay or lesbian to “happy,” for instance, made the video ad-friendly. – Audra Schroeder, The Daily Dot » https://ift.tt/2ncRkvT [photo:Nerd City/YouTube]

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On Twitch, women who stream say their biggest obstacle is harassment

Although harassment of women isn’t exclusively a Twitch problem, Quqco is just one of scores of women on the site who say they face regular harassment simply for their gender. At TwitchCon, NBC News spoke with a dozen women who said they had experienced harassment on the platform. A majority of those interviewed asked that their real names not be used, citing fears for their safety. – Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News » https://nbcnews.to/2oibSmJ [photo:Quqco]

YouTube changed its mind, you can keep your verification badge

After quite the backlash from creators, YouTube is now backtracking on some of these decisions. No longer will creators be forced to appeal to have their badge restored. Instead, channels that have already been verified will get to keep their badge. However, YouTube will continue to review channels to ensure authenticity. – Jason England, Android Central » https://ift.tt/2l4Fhj9 [photo:YouTube]

YouTube’s Strengthened Verification Criteria to Strip Some Creators of Status

Beginning in late October, YouTube will prioritize verifying “prominent channels that have a clear need for proof of authenticity.” That includes ensuring that the channel belongs to the real person or company that it claims to represent, and looking at whether the channel represents a highly searched or widely recognized person or company. (Previously, a channel with more than 100,000 subscribers was automatically verified.) Channels that meet YouTube’s requirements will not need to apply for verification. – Patrick Shanley & Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/HSzuaT [photo:YouTube]

When two big streamers ditched Twitch, Fortnite suffered too

According to the metrics site Twitch Tracker, Fortnite dropped from pole position, where it had been holding steady for months, and has lately been hovering somewhere around third or fourth. Right now, in the early afternoon on a Tuesday, the top three games on Twitch are World of Warcraft: Classic, League of Legends, and Just Chatting (a category that generally features people talking to their viewers directly). – Bijan Stephen, The Verge » https://ift.tt/32JrEWE

Twitch streamer suspended for Chun-Li cosplay

Twitch has temporarily suspended the account of streamer Quqco for violating its guidelines on “sexually suggestive content or activities.” The suspension arose following a weekend stream during which she was cosplaying as Street Fighter stalwart Chun-Li. As noted by Kotaku (and known by even casual Street Fighter fans), the outfit includes a thigh-high slit. But Quqco told the site that she “bought one size up to ensure that the slit wasn’t too high.” – Andy Chalk, PC Gamer » https://ift.tt/2LUvaab

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

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 5x increase over Q1. It also removed nearly double the number of comments to over 500 million, in part due to an increase in hate speech removals. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/32sqhMb

YouTube Removed Videos of Robots Fighting, Calling it Animal Abuse

Pohorecky said that after her video was removed and her account was given a strike, there wasn’t a clear option to protest the decision—and as a beta user for YouTube’s new Studio for creators, she found out that the appeal process to be more convoluted than the old interface. She said that the new YouTube Studio removes the “appeal” button from the interface next to removed videos, and now forces creators to navigate through several screens of video information to find the option to appeal. – Samantha Cole, MOTHERBOARD » https://ift.tt/2NrnAWL

YouTube Is Finally Banning Nazis, Holocaust Denial, and Sandy Hook Truthers

The platform will also be “specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination,” and will delete Nazi videos, it said in a blog post Wednesday. It will “remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place.“ The enforcement of these changes will take place later today, the platform said but said it will take several months for it to come fully into play. – Mack Lamoureux, MOTHERBOARD » http://bit.ly/2WToZL6
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