Google pauses Chrome update for Android after reports of app data loss

Chrome updates are normally good things, but some Android users have good reason to complain about the latest release. Google has paused the rollout for Chrome 79 on Android after reports of the update 'wiping' data from third-party apps that use th…
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PewDiePie is ‘taking a break’ from YouTube in 2020

One of YouTube's best-known stars is close to taking a hiatus. PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg) has used a video critiquing YouTube's new harassment policy to announce that he's "taking a break" from the site in early 2020. While he said a more deta…
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Google Assistant picks up a new Interpreter mode for when you travel abroad

Google Assistant has learned a new party trick, and it’s one that frequent flyers will appreciate. Your digital assistant will soon be able to be your own personal translator and interpreter wherever you are, and it looks pretty seamless. To get started, simply ask, “Hey Google, be my French translator” or “Hey Google, help me […]

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Stable One UI 2.0 on Android 10 begins rollout to Canadian S10’s on Monday

Samsung continues improving their update game with the imminent rollout of Android 10 to Canadians only three months after its initial launch, with the One UI 2.0 refresh in tow. Gone are the days of Samsung taking inordinate half-dozens of months and even longer to update their phones (hopefully permanently) with the company having steadily […]

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Lenovo C340 (11″) Chromebook review: Just the basics

Meet the Lenovo C340 11″ Chromebook. It’s a solid little contender in the market of Chrome-powered laptops, and Lenovo is hoping that there’s enough value in its $ 309 price tag to make it worth checking out over the competitors. We got our hands on one for a few weeks to see what all the fuss […]

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Samsung Galaxy M20 and M30 get an update to Android 10 with One UI 2.0

The Galaxy S11 is on the horizon, which means it’s time for Samsung to start trickling their latest software into their current phone lineup to test things out before the big show. The latest in the enormous Galaxy family to receive Android 10 with One UI 2.0 is the Galaxy M20 and M30, which are […]

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TCL’s 2018 65-inch 6-Series 4K TV drops to $500

If you missed out on Black Friday discounts for massive TVs, you still have some time to pick up the TCL 65R615 at Best Buy. The 65-inch 6-Series Roku TV was consistently one of the best-reviewed models available last year at its starting $ 900 price,…
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Connected sous vide company Nomiku is shutting down

Nomiku, one of the companies that helped make sous vide immersion circulators mainstream, is shutting down. The small kitchen appliance maker announced the news on Friday afternoon, noting that it plans to discontinue both its WiFi Sous Vide Smart Co…
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Apple Podcasts now works with Echo speakers

Almost a year to the day after Amazon announced its Echo devices were compatible with Apple Music, the speakers (and other Alexa-enabled devices) now work with Apple Podcasts in the US. The setup process seems pretty straightforward: just connect you…
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Check out the newly announced Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71, complete with Infinity-O display and crazy camera module

Samsung has taken the wraps off of the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 phones, prepping their 2020 lineup of mid-range devices. These also very likely hint at what we can expect out of the Galaxy S11 family, especially with that insane camera module on the back. Galaxy A51 The Galaxy A51 is the more affordable […]

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Watch The Game Awards here at 8:30PM ET

It's almost time to find out who'll walk away with the game of the year trophy at The Game Awards. Death Stranding, Control, The Outer Worlds, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Resident Evil 2 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are vying for the top prize. Hide…
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Report claims not many people are buying $1000 smartphones; are you one of them?

Smartphone prices have ballooned in the last few years, with $ 1000 being the “standard” price for a flagship phone, and many devices going well over that. 5G and folding phones inflate that cost even more, making phones much more expensive than they’ve ever been. But according to an NPD report, not many consumers are buying […]

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Comcast made a VR version of its Xfinity Stream app for visually impaired users

Comcast has teamed up with wearable tech startup NuEyes to help people with low vision see more of the TV shows and movies they enjoy. Under the partnership, the company's Xfinity Stream app, which gives users access to live TV and On Demand content,…
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An update to our harassment policy

Over the last several years we have worked to improve the way we manage content on YouTube by quickly removing it when it violates our Community Guidelines, reducing the spread of borderline content, raising up authoritative voices when people are looking for breaking news and information and rewarding trusted creators and artists that make YouTube a special place. Today we are announcing a series of policy and product changes that update how we tackle harassment on YouTube. We systematically review all our policies to make sure the line between what we remove and what we allow is drawn in the right place, and recognized earlier this year that for harassment, there is more we can do to protect our creators and community.

Harassment hurts our community by making people less inclined to share their opinions and engage with each other. We heard this time and again from creators, including those who met with us during the development of this policy update. We also met with a number of experts who shared their perspective and informed our process, from organizations that study online bullying or advocate on behalf of journalists, to free speech proponents and policy organizations from all sides of the political spectrum.

We remain committed to our openness as a platform and to ensuring that spirited debate and a vigorous exchange of ideas continue to thrive here. However, we will not tolerate harassment and we believe the steps outlined below will contribute to our mission by making YouTube a better place for anyone to share their story or opinion.

A stronger stance against threats and personal attacks

We’ve always removed videos that explicitly threaten someone, reveal confidential personal information, or encourage people to harass someone else. Moving forward, our policies will go a step further and not only prohibit explicit threats, but also veiled or implied threats. This includes content simulating violence toward an individual or language suggesting physical violence may occur. No individual should be subject to harassment that suggests violence.

Beyond threatening someone, there is also demeaning language that goes too far. To establish a consistent criteria for what type of content is not allowed on YouTube, we’re building upon the framework we use for our hate speech policy. We will no longer allow content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation. This applies to everyone, from private individuals, to YouTube creators, to public officials.

Consequences for a pattern of harassing behavior

Something we heard from our creators is that harassment sometimes takes the shape of a pattern of repeated behavior across multiple videos or comments, even if any individual video doesn’t cross our policy line. To address this, we’re tightening our policies for the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) to get even tougher on those who engage in harassing behavior and to ensure we reward only trusted creators. Channels that repeatedly brush up against our harassment policy will be suspended from YPP, eliminating their ability to make money on YouTube. We may also remove content from channels if they repeatedly harass someone. If this behavior continues, we’ll take more severe action including issuing strikes or terminating a channel altogether.

Addressing toxic comments

We know that the comment section is an important place for fans to engage with creators and each other. At the same time, we heard feedback that comments are often where creators and viewers encounter harassment. This behavior not only impacts the person targeted by the harassment, but can also have a chilling effect on the entire conversation.

To combat this we remove comments that clearly violate our policies – over 16 million in the third quarter of this year, specifically due to harassment.The policy updates we’ve outlined above will also apply to comments, so we expect this number to increase in future quarters.

Beyond comments that we remove, we also empower creators to further shape the conversation on their channels and have a variety of tools that help. When we’re not sure a comment violates our policies, but it seems potentially inappropriate, we give creators the option to review it before it’s posted on their channel. Results among early adopters were promising – channels that enabled the feature saw a 75% reduction in user flags on comments. Earlier this year, we began to turn this setting on by default for most creators.

We’ve continued to fine tune our systems to make sure we catch truly toxic comments, not just anything that’s negative or critical, and feedback from creators has been positive. Last week we began turning this feature on by default for YouTube’s largest channels with the site’s most active comment sections and will roll out to most channels by the end of the year. To be clear, creators can opt-out, and if they choose to leave the feature enabled they still have ultimate control over which held comments can appear on their videos. Alternatively, creators can also ignore held comments altogether if they prefer.

All of these updates represent another step towards making sure we protect the YouTube community. We expect there will continue to be healthy debates over some of the decisions and we have an appeals process in place if creators believe we’ve made the wrong call on a video.

As we make these changes, it’s vitally important that YouTube remain a place where people can express a broad range of ideas, and we’ll continue to protect discussion on matters of public interest and artistic expression. We also believe these discussions can be had in ways that invite participation, and never make someone fear for their safety. We’re committed to continue revisiting our policies regularly to ensure that they are preserving the magic of YouTube, while also living up to the expectations of our community.

— Matt Halprin, Vice President, Global Head of Trust & Safety


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The Android 10 beta is now available for Samsung’s Galaxy S9/9+ and Note 9 in the US

Samsung definitely appears to have stepped up its efforts to provide timely updates to its flagship phones in recent months, even beating Google to the punch with the release of the December Security Patch. Ahead of pushing out a stable Android 10 build to the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 handsets next month, Samsung is […]

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OPPO Reno 2Z Review: Flagship features and stylish design for a mid-range price

While one well-known Chinese smartphone brand is experiencing difficulties in bringing new models to market in Europe another is quickly gaining momentum. As you might have guessed, I’m talking about the contrasting fortunes of Huawei and OPPO, the latter of which is building upon the reputation of its Reno series to become a household name […]

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Redmi K30 launched with 120hz display and cheap 5G variant, some downgrades

Following their successful Redmi K20 (Mi 9T) sub- and value-flagships earlier this year, Xiaomi’s followups have just launched featuring high-refresh displays but also some downgrades. Xiaomi‘s value-oriented brand Redmi launched their excellent debut sub-flagship and its near-identical value-flagship Redmi K20 and K20 Pro, known globally as the Xiaomi Mi 9T and 9T Pro, in only […]

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Logitech made a $200 webcam for Apple’s $5,000 pro display

Apple's newly available Pro Display XDR promises exceptional image quality, but there's one glaring omission for some users: there's no webcam. You can edit video in grand style with your $ 5,000 monitor, but you can't use it to hold a video chat with…
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AT&T starts showing pause ads with motion and sound on DirecTV

Since the end of last year, reports indicated that AT&T was planning to add pause ads to its video platforms. According to Variety, the telecom has flipped the switch. AT&T is currently testing the ads on DirecTV, its satellite TV service, an…
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The Morning After: Google prepares its first Pixel ‘feature drop’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This morning, we're heading into Sony's last PlayStation event for the year, but first you should check out the new Ghostbusters trailer, and find out why it's such a big deal that Apple is coming back to CES. O…
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What’s on TV this week: ‘The Expanse’ season four

This week Netflix is taking its foot off on the gas with just one major release, a new comedy special from Michelle Wolf. Meanwhile, Amazon is firing off a new season of its big sci-fi acquisition, The Expanse, and Hulu is delivering the third and fi…
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Talk Android’s Holiday Gift Guide (2019)

It’s winding down to the end of the year, and that means many of us are scrambling to finish up buying presents for the holidays. Don’t let it stress you out, though; there’s a lot to figure out, but Talk Android has a pretty comprehensive gift guide covering a ton of potential gift options for […]

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Early leaks of Huawei’s next flagship Kirin 1020 and midrange 820 chips are great

Their latest flagchip Kirin 990 (5G) launched mere months ago but Huawei’s Q3 2020 flagchip Kirin 1020, and its midrange and likely sooner brother Kirin 820, have dropped and feature great improvements. Huawei has a strong history in the semiconductor industry with their own long series of excellent ‘HiSilicon’ mobile chips which they have used […]

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NASA hopes OSIRIS-REx data will explain an asteroid’s mini-eruptions

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made a startling discovery shortly after arriving at its target, a 1614-foot-wide rock called Bennu: the asteroid was ejecting particles from its surface. While that's common behavior on icy comets, it's much rarer on ast…
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Bethesda stops work on ‘The Elder Scrolls: Legends’

It's not a good time for card battle games, apparently. Bethesda has put all The Elder Scrolls: Legends development "on hold" for an indefinite amount of time, effectively canceling both the console version and a planned card set. The game will sti…
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Hackers targeted BMW, Hyundai in hunt for trade secrets

Two of the world's larger car makers were the victims of a sophisticated (but still not very successful) hacking campaign. Bayerricscher Rundfunk has learned that intruders from the hacking group OceanLotus slipped into the networks of BMW and Hyund…
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Nokia 2.3 announced with dual cameras, two-day battery, and a commitment to software updates

HMD Global and Nokia have announced the Nokia 2.3, the latest smartphone in Nokia’s line of budget-friendly devices. There’s a lot of familiarity with Nokia’s other phones, but a few key improvements that make this a really compelling mid-range offering at a great price. The Nokia 2.3 features a large 6.2-inch full HD display, which […]

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‘Fortnite’ will premiere a ‘Star Wars’ scene with J.J. Abrams’ help

Fortnite's tie-in with Star Wars is about to extend beyond a stormtrooper skin. Gamers have discovered that Disney is premiering a scene from The Rise of Skywalker at the game's Risky Reels drive-in theater on December 14th at 2PM Eastern, with 'door…
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Ask Engadget: Which charities give gifts to those in need?

The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac…
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Android 10 finally rolling out to Nokia 9 PureView

Android 10 is finally making its way to Nokia 9 PureView owners everywhere. If you haven’t gotten the update yet, you should get the notification soon, or you can try and trigger the update manually. Android 10 brings many of Android’s most anticipated features to the Nokia 9 PureView — you get access to things […]

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Despite the HQ2 debacle, Amazon will add office space in Manhattan

Early this year, Amazon pulled the plug on plans to build an "HQ2" in Queens after a number of local leaders and activists pushed back against the $ 3 billion in tax breaks and incentives it would receive. Now the online retail giant has confirmed pla…
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Android Auto could soon see a redesigned Google Assistant

Android Auto got a pretty big redesign earlier this year, but now Google is considering updating the Google Assistant design for Android Auto. The current Android Auto animation and design for Google Assistant is fairly standard across Google’s services. But Android Police, in an APK teardown, discovered some new designs and placements for Assistant in […]

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Google Assistant picks up some holiday tricks, makes it easy to track Santa all month long

Google is teaming up with the North Pole again this year, and they’re making it really easy to track Santa’s progress as we get closer to Christmas. There are tons of Google Assistant games to play, GIFs to share, and even a snowbox to build your own 3D winter wonderland. Not everything will be available […]

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Airbnb officially bans all ‘open-invite’ house parties

Airbnb has confirmed that it will ban all "open-invite" house parties, the company said in a blog post. It also will provide a "clear and actionable enforcement framework" for other issues including excessive noise, unauthorized guests, unauthorized…
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A different kind of #YouTubeRewind: What you liked in 2019

In 2019, you joined forces to set a record for the most liked video on YouTube, helped an unlikely country star take over the charts, and brought Minecraft’s popularity to new heights. As 2020 draws near, it’s time to celebrate the moments that defined the past twelve months in pop culture.

But first, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room: Last year’s YouTube Rewind, um, wasn’t your favorite (to put it lightly…). So this year, we tried something different and looked at what you did like — a lot. Our Rewind 2019 video compiles the top videos and creators that you liked and watched the most around the world, from the biggest games to must-watch beauty palettes and breakout stars.

But of course, it’s also time to announce our annual lists of top trending videos and top music videos.

2019 saw creators transform into mainstream celebrities with genre-defying influence: James Charles and Tati’s back-and-forth transcended the beauty community; Shane Dawson continued to find success with his longform docuseries format and foray into the makeup world; and MrBeast’s ultra-charitable challenge videos united viewers across the internet.

Also on this year’s top trending list: A long-requested episode of Hot Ones, a meme-making moment from Soulja Boy, a conversation-starting short film, SNL’s most-watched sketch of 2019, an underdog victory in the ring, and an informational video on why spiders and bees are actually our friends.

Collectively, these 10 videos were watched 305 million times and for around 50 million hours. The channels behind them total more than 110 million subscribers.

Top Trending Videos in the U.S.

  1. James Charles – No More Lies
  2. First We Feast – Gordon Ramsay Savagely Critiques Spicy Wings | Hot Ones
  3. shane – Investigating Conspiracies with Shane Dawson
  4. MrBeast – I Bought Everything In A Store – Challenge
  5. Gillette – We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film)
  6. DAZN USA – HIGHLIGHTS | Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr.
  7. jeffreestar – Kylie Skin Review with Shane Dawson
  8. Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM – Soulja Boy Drags Tyga, Drake, Kanye West & Reclaims The Best Comeback Of 2018
  9. Saturday Night Live – R. Kelly Interview Cold Open – SNL
  10. TheOdd1sOut – The Spiders and the Bees

In music, Lil Nas X emerged from obscurity to take the top spot, and powerhouse female artists (Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish) continued to transform the sound of pop.

Top Music Videos in the U.S.

  1. Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix]
  2. Dababy – Suge (Yea Yea) Official Music Video
  3. Yo Gotti ft. Lil Baby – Put a Date On It (Official Video)
  4. Polo G Feat. Lil Tjay – Pop Out 🎥By. Ryan Lynch Prod. By JDONTHATRACK & Iceberg
  5. Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Official Movie) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
  6. Offset – Clout ft. Cardi B (Official Video)
  7. Billie Eilish – bad guy
  8. 21 Savage – a lot ft. J. Cole
  9. Ariana Grande – 7 rings
  10. Daddy Yankee & Snow – Con Calma (Official Video)

For a deeper look at the year on YouTube and to see the top videos and trends in many other countries, head to this year’s Rewind site.

Posted by Kevin Allocca, Head of Culture & Trends


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Plex launches a free streaming service for movies and TV

Cord cutters rejoice – Plex has followed through on a September announcement that it would offer a free streaming service by the end of 2019. After initially teaming up with Warner Bros., thousands of ad-supported movies and TV shows are now available on the Plex app. Specifically, you can stream “free movies, TV shows, extreme […]

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Snap teams up with Gucci on limited-edition 3D Spectacles

Snap is going all out to promote its latest Spectacles 3 AR glasses with a Gucci fashion collaboration and strange arty film by Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine. The limited edition "Spectacles x Gucci" design was also done by Korine. "Hand-pa…
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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 865 with 5G, better in-display fingerprint scanners, and more

Qualcomm has announced a slew of new technology at their annual conference, all of which should make 2020 a very exciting year. We’ve got improvements to existing processors and security technology, plus some leaps in 5G connectivity. Snapdragon 865 5G The Snapdragon 865 is probably the biggest thing everyone had their eye on, and I […]

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YouTube gift codes are now available on Amazon

Give the gift of endless entertainment to your friends and family this holiday season with YouTube gift codes, now available for purchase on Amazon in the U.S. Whether it’s for a friend miles away, a loved one at home, or a last minute gift, we’ve made it easy to treat someone to their favorite YouTube products.

Something for everyone

YouTube gift codes can be used to enjoy YouTube subscriptions, to buy or rent movies and shows, or to become a channel member on YouTube. Recipients can use their gift code towards a YouTube Premium subscription to watch uninterrupted  with ad-free, offline, and background — play. They can also enjoy these same benefits with YouTube Music Premium, a dedicated music streaming service that’s their guide to the entire world of music. For sports and entertainment fans alike, a YouTube TV subscription offers cable-free live and on-demand TV with 70+ channels and free unlimited cloud DVR storage space. Movie buffs can redeem their gift code to watch the latest and greatest movies and shows available on YouTube. And fitting with the giving spirit, recipients can use their gift code to support their favorite YouTube creators with a Channel Membership, which unlocks badges, emojis and creator perks.

Easy to buy and redeem

To purchase a gift code, simply:

  1. Click here to get to the purchase page.
  2. Choose a design and your desired amount.
  3. Enter the recipient’s email address and a message.
  4. Pick your delivery date and select purchase.

On the delivery date, the recipient will get a YouTube gift code delivered via email with instructions for redeeming on youtube.com/redeem. When redeemed, the gift code value will be added to the recipient’s Google Play balance, which can be used to make purchases on YouTube or Google Play.

Give a YouTube gift code today!

— The YouTube team


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MIT creates an AI that understands the laws of physics intuitively

We often think of artificial intelligence as a tool for automating certain tasks. But it turns out that the technology could also help give us a better understanding of ourselves. At least that's what a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Instit…
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Google delays Pixel 4 security patch roll-out until next to pack in more handset specific fixes

“O, December update, wherefore art thou December update?” If you are the owner of a Pixel 4 or 4 XL, you might be wondering why the December update hasn’t begun rolling out to your brand new phone. There’s no need to worry, the Pixel 4 isn’t an app so Google hasn’t killed it off, instead, […]

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Google Disability Support is more accessible with sign language specialists

Google is now ready to offer live help for accessibility features regardless of your hearing. The search firm now offers Disability Support through American Sign Language, letting you troubleshoot through video chat if you're deaf or hard-of-hearing…
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The Four Rs of Responsibility, Part 2: Raising authoritative content and reducing borderline content and harmful misinformation

YouTube is an open video platform, where anyone can upload a video and share it with the world. And with this openness comes incredible opportunities as well as challenges. That’s why we’re always working to balance creative expression with our responsibility to protect the community from harmful content.

Our community guidelines set the rules of the road on YouTube, and a combination of people and machines help us remove more violative content than ever before. That said, there will always be content on YouTube that brushes up against our policies, but doesn’t quite cross the line. So over the past couple of years, we’ve been working to raise authoritative voices on YouTube and reduce the spread of borderline content and harmful misinformation. And we are already seeing great progress. Authoritative news is thriving on our site. And since January 2019, we’ve launched over 30 different changes to reduce recommendations of borderline content and harmful misinformation. The result is a 70% average drop in watch time of this content coming from non-subscribed recommendations in the U.S.1

Raising authoritative voices on YouTube

More and more people turn to YouTube to catch up on the latest news or simply learn more about the topics they’re curious about — whether it’s climate change or a natural disaster. For topics like music or entertainment, relevance, newness and popularity are most helpful to understand what people are interested in. But for subjects such as news, science and historical events, where accuracy and authoritativeness are key, the quality of information and context matter most — much more than engagement. That’s why we’ve re-doubled our efforts to raise authoritative sources to the top and introduced a suite of features to tackle this challenge holistically:

  • Elevating authoritative sources in our systems: In 2017, we started to prioritize authoritative voices, including news sources like CNN, Fox News, Jovem Pan, India Today and the Guardian, for news and information queries in search results and “watch next” panels. Let’s say you’re looking to learn more about a newsworthy event. For example, try searching for “Brexit.” While there will be slight variations, on average, 93% of the videos in global top 10 results come from high-authority channels. Authoritativeness is also important for evergreen topics prone to misinformation, such as videos about vaccines. In these cases, we aim to surface videos from experts, like public health institutions, in search results. Millions of search queries are getting this treatment today and we’re continually expanding to more topics and countries.
  • Providing reliable information faster for breaking news: Reliable information becomes especially critical as news is breaking. But as events are unfolding, it can take time to produce high-quality videos containing verified facts. So we’ve started providing short previews of text-based news articles in search results on YouTube, along with a reminder that breaking and developing news can rapidly change. We’ve also introduced Top News and Breaking News sections to highlight quality journalism. In fact, this year alone, we’ve seen that consumption on authoritative news partners’ channels has grown by 60 percent.
  • Providing context to users: Sometimes a video alone does not provide enough context to viewers about what they are watching. We want to make sure that people who watch videos about topics prone to misinformation are provided additional information while viewing. To that end, we’ve designed a variety of information panels that target different types of context, such as general topics and recent news prone to misinformation, or about publishers themselves. For example, when people watch videos that encourage viewers to skip the MMR vaccine, we show information panels to provide more basic scientific context, linking to third-party sources. Or if people are viewing news videos uploaded by a public broadcaster or a government-funded news outlet, we show informational notices underneath the video about the news outlet. Collectively, we’ve delivered more than 3.5 billion impressions across all of these information panels since June 2018 and we’re expanding these panels to more and more countries.

Reducing borderline content and harmful misinformation

Content that comes close to — but doesn’t quite cross the line of — violating our Community Guidelines is a fraction of 1% of what’s watched on YouTube in the U.S. To give a quick comparison, meditation videos (a fairly narrow category) have more daily watch time than borderline and harmful misinformation combined. That said, even a fraction of a percent is too much. So this past January, we announced we’d begin reducing recommendations of borderline content or videos that could misinform users in harmful ways. This work is still ramping up and we’ve expanded to more countries outside of the U.S., including the UK, Ireland, South Africa and other English-language markets. And we have begun expanding this effort to non-English-language markets, starting with Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain.

So how does this actually work? Determining what is harmful misinformation or borderline is tricky, especially for the wide variety of videos that are on YouTube. We rely on external evaluators located around the world to provide critical input on the quality of a video. And these evaluators use public guidelines to guide their work. Each evaluated video receives up to 9 different opinions and some critical areas require certified experts. For example, medical doctors provide guidance on the validity of videos about specific medical treatments to limit the spread of medical misinformation. Based on the consensus input from the evaluators, we use well-tested machine learning systems to build models. These models help review hundreds of thousands of hours of videos every day in order to find and limit the spread of borderline content. And over time, the accuracy of these systems will continue to improve.

Our work continues. We are exploring options to bring in external researchers to study our systems and we will continue to invest in more teams and new features. Nothing is more important to us than ensuring we are living up to our responsibility. We remain focused on maintaining that delicate balance which allows diverse voices to flourish on YouTube — including those that others will disagree with — while also protecting viewers, creators and the wider ecosystem from harmful content.

[Read more] The Four Rs of Responsibility, Part 1: Removing harmful content


1Based on the 28-day average from 9/17/19 – 10/14/19, compared to when we first started taking action on this type of content in January 2019.

From the timeline:


July 27, 2015; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2015/07/youtube-comments.html

Sept 14, 2016; https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/google-news-initiative/digital-news-initiative-introducing/

July 20, 2017; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/07/bringing-new-redirect-method-features.html

Feb 2, 2018; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2018/02/greater-transparency-for-users-around.html

July 9, 2018; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2018/07/building-better-news-experience-on.html

July 9, 2018; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2018/07/building-better-news-experience-on.html

July 9, 2018; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2018/07/building-better-news-experience-on.html

March 7, 2019; https://india.googleblog.com/2019/04/bringing-greater-transparency-and.html

June 3, 2019; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/06/an-update-on-our-efforts-to-protect.html

June 5, 2019; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/06/our-ongoing-work-to-tackle-hate.html

July 8, 2019; https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/2019/08/preserving-openness-through-responsibility.html


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Qualcomm’s larger in-screen fingerprint sensor could seriously improve security

Qualcomm took a different approach from the rest of the smartphone industry last year when it announced its 3D Sonic in-display fingerprint sensor. Instead of relying on an optical image of your finger for authentication, the 3D Sonic system uses ult…
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Sony is prepping another Xperia Compact phone with a 5.5-inch screen and Snapdragon 655

It’s been a while since we’ve seen an Xperia Compact device, but it turns out that particular flavor of Sony phones isn’t dead yet. A new leak suggests that another upper-midrange Xperia Compact is set for release very soon. This unnamed phone will reportedly use a 5.5-inch display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 655 CPU, which […]

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Oculus Go is on sale for $120 at Amazon for Cyber Monday

Did you pass on the Oculus Go's discounted Black Friday price because it was still a little too dear? Your patience is being rewarded. Amazon is selling the stand-alone VR headset for $ 120 on Cyber Monday, or another $ 30 off the already fairly low…
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Europe’s space agency approves the Hera anti-asteroid mission

European ministers in charge of the ESA space agency have approved Hera, a mission that will test whether deflection could save humanity from a rogue asteroid. During the $ 320 million mission, ESA and partner NASA will send a pair of spacecraft to a…
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NVIDIA Shield TV AI upscaling: What is it, how do you use it, and is it worth it?

NVIDIA rolled out two new Shield TV devices very recently, including the regular Shield TV and Shield TV Pro. On paper, they aren’t drastically different devices; they still have fairly similar hardware to the previous generation Shield TV from 2017, although the non-Pro model has a new cylindrical form factor. One new feature that NVIDIA […]

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Aukey Minima 27W PD wall charger review: Small form, fast charge

Newer phones are charging faster and faster, which is great. But you can’t just use any old wall adapter to get some of those truly fast charging speeds, since that technology needs more juice to work properly. That’s where you run into a dilemma. Faster wall blocks are, well, faster, but they’re generally much bigger, […]

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Comcast revives ‘E.T.’ to hawk cable and internet service

Tech companies often like to mine nostalgia for a few quick bucks, but Comcast is probably pushing that emotional exploitation a little too far. The telecom has posted a short film that reunites E.T.'s namesake alien with human pal Elliott to pitch…
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