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“Black Mirror” isn’t just predicting the future—it’s causing it

Your decisions in interactive films could have many unintended consequences. If Netflix determined that those who immediately chose to kill a family member in “Bandersnatch” would be more likely to enjoy the film Kill Bill Vol 1, then this data could be used to serve you more violent films. Netflix is planning more interactive content in 2019—and it’s already been running interactive kids’ content for years. This will allow them to gather more instinctive behavioral data on a variety of subjects. What if it started serving you programs celebrating a particular political party because of the choices you made in an interactive White House thriller? – Alice Thwaite, Quartz https://trib.al/F8lES5E

YouTube Responds After Failing to Credit Video From One of Its Own Creators in Tweet

The issue was surfaced Dec. 25 by YouTuber and domino artist Lily Hevesh, the creator of the video from which the clip was pulled. Hevesh quoted YouTube’s tweet in question and replied: “I’m a bit disappointed that YouTube would take my video and re-upload it with absolutely no credit. People rip off my work everyday and it’s honestly saddening to see this happen by YouTube itself.” – Catie Keck, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/OaVy1Gz

YouTube let a contentID scammer steal a popular video

Büttner, being a serious channel operator with millions of subs, tried to get relief from his liaison at YouTube. He was told he had to work it out with the scammer (who was still being paid the revenue the video was generating) through the scammer’s fake email address. YouTube gave him no other recourse and refused to provide more information. – Rob Beschizza, Boing Boing http://bit.ly/2QNRXtk

FTC Warns Consumers About Netflix Email Scam

In a blog post Wednesday (Dec. 26), the FTC shared a screenshot captured by police in Ohio of a phishing email designed to steal personal information. The email claims the recipient’s Netflix account is “on hold” because the company is “having some trouble with your current billing information” and urges the user to click on a link to update their payment details. The phishing scam also listed an international phone number. – Todd Spangler, Variety http://bit.ly/2EPtVaq

Spotify Says It Was Unaware of Personal User Data Shared by Facebook

According to the report, Facebook allowed Spotify, Netflix and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write and delete users’ private messages, and to see all participants on a message thread, although in Spotify’s case the access was ostensibly provided to enable users to share music via Facebook’s Messenger service. The report says that Spotify could view messages of more than 70 million users a month, although it did not state whether the company had full access to that entire number of users. – Jem Aswad, Variety https://ift.tt/2Ew8T00

YouTuber builds glitter bomb that farts on unsuspecting package thieves

Rober wanted to be able to film the entire incident as it unfolded. The result is an over-engineered bait package that took six months to develop, and used motion sensors, a GPS tracker, and the combined wide-angle cameras of four mobile phones. It even used fart spray to ensure the thief would throw it away, so that Rober could recover and reuse it. – Jon Porter, The Verge https://ift.tt/2rR54eF

YouTube tells impersonation victim: No, you’re not being impersonated

“I’m fortunate: I have a big megaphone to speak about this and am sure I can get this fraudulent account taken down,” Celeste Ng wrote. “But for someone with a smaller platform? They’re probably SOL. That’s wrong. YouTube should apply its terms of service, whether you have 90,000 followers or two.” – Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2EglHbL
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