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Proposed Law Would Require YouTube and Netflix to Do More to Protect Kids Online

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has introduced new legislation that would require YouTube and Netflix to do more to protect children from viewing sex, violence, and drugs on their streaming services.

The proposed law, called the Kids Internet Design and Safety Act, aims to update children’s media regulations, which date back to 1990 and are focused on television broadcast services. The new rules would require all streaming services to better protect children from seeing harmful content, limit the kinds of ads they see, and include ratings on videos much like T.V. already does.

“The current policies are completely out of date, and the tech industry has forged ahead without regulation,” said Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, a children’s advocacy nonprofit that supports the legislation. “This is long past due, and it is an incredibly important advance.”

If the bill gets enough bipartisan support, it could be considered during the current legislative session and take effect in 2020. Markey announced the proposed KIDS Act at the Truth About Tech Conference hosted by Common Sense Media in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

The KIDS Act would mark the second piece of legislation Markey has led in support of children. He also authored the Children’s Television Act, which required broadcasters to create educational programming for children and limited their exposure to commercials.

“While kids’ technology use and media consumption have exploded in recent years our laws have failed to keep pace,” Markey said in a statement. “Children and parents deserve new online rules of the road to ensure that children are able to thrive in our increasingly digital world.”

The proposed law stemmed from incidents in which children and families were unexpectedly exposed to inappropriate online content. For example, some of YouTube’s children’s videos reportedly have been doctored to include violent imagery and drug references.

Last month, YouTube and Facebook live streamed the mass shooting of people at two New Zealand mosques. Both services struggled to prevent the spread of the the recorded video.

In response to concerns about videos on its service, YouTube launched YouTube Kids in 2015. The service was meant to serve as a destination for children, offering kid-friendly videos and programming.

“Nobody is on YouTube Kids,” Steyer said. “Everyone is on YouTube. So this is going to apply to all of the platforms.”

The bill is also aimed at protecting children online addiction. It would require streaming service to eliminate built-in features that promote binge watching, like auto playing videos in succession.

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YouTube removes videos celebrating New Zealand attacks

YouTube videos celebrating the New Zealand mosque shootings are easily avoiding the platform’s moderation efforts, despite a general clampdown across social media platforms.
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Is Anyone Surprised? YouTube Had to Deal With an ‘Unprecedented Volume’ of Violent Videos After Christchurch Terrorist Attack

The Washington Post has reported that YouTube dealt with an “unprecedented volume” of violent videos after last week’s terrorist attack in New Zealand.

On Friday, a gunman murdered 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Currently, 35 more are hospitalized with 12 in critical condition, including a 4-year-old-girl. In an appalling act of cruelty, the murders were recorded and posted to social media channels around the world. As the news unfolded, the footage spread at an alarming rate. After the weekend, Facebook has reported that they removed an astonishing 1.5 million videos of the attack in just 24 hours.

Although YouTube has not made an official statement about how many videos have been moderated, the company said they have experienced an unprecedented volume of violent content. According to The Washington Post, moderators worked through the night to remove tens of thousands of videos of the terrorist attack. In an interview with The Post, chief product officer Neal Mohan said that some uploads were altered to prevent automated tools from spotting the footage.

Reports suggest that copies of the video were being added as fast as one per second. Eventually, this drove the streaming site to disable some search options to control the problem. In addition, they also shut down some human review features to speed up the process. However, by Friday, they had no choice but to send newsworthy clips via human moderators to check for violence or disturbing imagery.

Since the shootings last week, the entire world has been united in shock and sadness. The assailant, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, appeared in court on Saturday. The Australian citizen did not make a plea, but flashed a white supremacist hand signal.
In response to the attack, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said:

“We, too, have seen the face of such evil with attacks in places such as Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and Charleston. And in the wake of the New Zealand tragedy, I want to make one thing very clear: We will not permit such hate in the homeland.”

However, unlike the United States, New Zealand’s government has made decisive moves to reform gun laws in the country. In a statement, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said:

“We have listened to public sentiment following Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch and decided to remove all semi-automatic firearms sales and parts associated.”

Meanwhile, social media giants are facing new challenges about how to moderate violent or disturbing content. While most services agree that this was an unusual incident, the spread of the Christchurch footage has led to calls for companies to do more to protect users from hateful and violent material.

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“Birds of Prey” actor Chris Messina is set to star in the YouTube series “Dark Cargo.” Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstein will executive produce via their Red Hour Productions banner. Penned by Adam and Max Reid and directed by “The Girlfriend Experience’s” Lodge Kerrigan, the series is described as a high-octane, cliffhanger-driven, neo-noir thriller set […]

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YouTube turns off comments on videos featuring kids

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids — potentially affecting millions of posts on the site — after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children. The change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform as…
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YouTube Yanks Ads From Anti-Vaccination Conspiracy Channels

YouTube, under fire for facilitating the spread of conspiracy theories and other misinformation, said it will no longer serve ads on channels that espouse anti-vaccination rhetoric. The Google-owned video giant cited its advertising policy that bans “dangerous and harmful” content from eligibility in its monetization program. “We have strict policies that govern what videos we […]

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AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over pedophile concerns

AT&T pulled all its advertising from Alphabet Inc’s YouTube for the second time in two years after a magazine reported the platform displayed ads next to videos that showed the exploitation of children. “Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube,” an AT&T spokesman…
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What you need to know about Victoria Beckham’s show (and her new YouTube channel)

2019 could be VB’s biggest year yet

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Victoria Beckham’s second LFW show took place yesterday, with her whole family in the audience and at which her daughter Harper debuted a brand new bob haircut.

Making her London debut last year after several at New York Fashion Week, VB returned to the city to showcase her AW19 collection at the Tate Britain.

Models’ skin was prepped with massages by renowned facialist Nichola Joss before applying The Cream by Augustinus Bader. The result was a glowing, flawless complexion that, according to Joss, would set them up for a busy day of shows.

Make-up legend Pat McGrath and her team perfected the glow before models hit the catwalk, showcasing a collection of comfortable and chic tailored pieces that perfectly captured how the modern woman wants to look (and dress).

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The show was broadcast live on giant screens in Piccadilly to mark the launch of VB’s new YouTube channel, which will be an insight into all things fashion, beauty, and even the Beckham family will make an appearance.

The channel comes as Victoria’s friend, Derek Blasberg, has recently been appointed YouTube’s fashion and beauty director.

‘When Derek approached me, I thought it would be a great opportunity to educate myself and really understand the platform,’ she told Vogue after the show. ‘The videos are going to be everything from fashion to beauty, and my family will be in there as well.

‘I think you’ll get the opportunity to see the real me: me at work, me with the kids and what it’s like being a working mum.’

2019 is going to be pretty mega for VB, who is also about to launch her own make-up line Victoria Beckham Beauty.

Watch this space for Victoria Beckham’s biggest year yet.

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Fans of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, have taken desperate measures to keep the Swedish YouTube star in the top spot on the video site. One die-hard follower is believed to have hacked 50,000 printers, producing paper messages asking people to subscribe to PewDiePie on YouTube. PewDiePie currently runs the world’s most popular YouTube…
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Exclusive: Naomi Campbell Becomes a Vlogger With ‘Being Naomi’ YouTube Channel

THE INTERNET’S A STAGE: The supermodel who needs no introduction is getting personal with her own YouTube channel.
Naomi Campbell will today launch “Being Naomi,” on the video platform. She says she hopes the channel will give her fans an inside look into her life as a businesswoman, activist and in-demand model, and open up opportunities for them to communicate with her — plus show viewers the kinds of charitable causes in which she participates.

“I want to show the world who I am and what I stand for,” Campbell explains. “My hope is that when you engage with my channel that you are inspired by what you see, that it pushes you to be the best you can be, to do your part in the world and to pursue your dreams.”
Campbell has a slew of video features slated for her channel in the near future, including a livestream of the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. The model will also be telling the story of how she was discovered in a feature titled “My Journey,” to be released on Dec. 13, and will share her New Year’s resolutions in a video on Jan. 3.
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YouTube Suffering Widespread Access Problems, Outages

YouTube was experiencing widespread access problems on Tuesday evening, with unknown issues also affecting YouTube TV and YouTube Music. At 9:41 p.m. ET, the Team YouTube account on Twitter posted about the technical issues: “Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on resolving this and will let […]

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New YouTube tools will collect data for advertisers

YouTube is looking for a bigger piece of the advertising pie — and that means collecting more of your data. With hundreds of billions of dollars up for grabs, the Alphabet-owned video site is slated to announce Monday that it’s rolling out new tools to help advertisers better reach customers. One new feature will allow…
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