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Google confirms Pixel 4 to be announced in New York on October 15th

Fast on the heels of more Pixel 4 camera leaks and hands-on videos comes confirmation that Google is holding a MadeByGoogle launch event on October 15th in New York City. We can expect Google to unveil the Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL alongside the PixelBook 2 and the Google Nest Mini 2 at the event. Despite […]

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Pokémon’s New York-inspired monsters join ‘Pokémon Go’ today

Starting today, September 16th, Pokémon Go players can begin collecting Pokémon from the series' fifth generation of games. As with any of the other Pokémon you could collect previously, you'll be able to catch Gen 5 monsters by…
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Leaked specs for OnePlus 7T, 7T Pro reveal a significant upgrade for the base model

With IFA 2019 out of the way, we have a slew of smartphone launches coming up in the next few weeks, one of which is the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro. We’ve seen a few rumors pointing to the presence of a 90Hz display on the regular 7T and we expect both models to run […]

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Google may soon let you search with a screenshot

Google might be about to do pair up two mobile screen-related features, "Edit & Share screenshots" and the AI-powered "What's on my Screen," according to some APK digging by 9 to 5 Google. A new feature called "Smart Screenshots," tucked into the…
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[Deal] Anker’s 10W wireless fast charger is really cheap today

If you haven’t already upgraded to wireless charging, you’re really missing out. Anker makes some of us our favorite phone accessories, and today they’re running a deal that makes a fast charging Qi pad extremely cheap, and it’ll work with most newer premium phones these days. The charging pad delivers 10 watts of charge, so […]

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Google One brings full device backups to your Android phone

Android has always lagged a bit behind on full backup features next to its fruity counterpart, but Google’s made improvements to that in the last few years. Now they’re utilizing Google One’s cloud storage to make almost entire backups on your device automatically, which should cover just about everything. If you subscribe to Google One […]

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The best USB-C hubs and docks

By Nick Guy This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full guide to USB-C Hubs and Docks. After…
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‘Gears 5’ will add new modes and maps in its first six months

Now that Gears 5 is out the door, The Coalition and Microsoft are ready to preview what's next. They've outlined what you can expect in the first six months, and there shouldn't be a shortage of new material. The initial season ("Operation" in Gear…
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Xiaomi Mi 9T to get Android 10 in October

Following its sibling Redmi K20 Pro’s day one update to Android 10, Xiaomi’s lauded value sub-flagship will reportedly receive Google’s latest software next month. After years of lackluster update schedules Xiaomi surprised all when it managed to roll out Android 10 to their value flagship Redmi K20 Pro on the update’s launch day alongside Google’s […]

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Google Photos receiving overflow menu usability redesign

Amidst their continual Material Design 2.0 redesigns of their app suite and additions of dark modes, Google has tweaked the Google Photos overflow menu for much improved reachability. Google has been gradually making its way through its app ecosystem and refreshing their UIs with Material Design 2.0 and occasionally adding dark modes, but now Google […]

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MoviePass closes the curtains for good (finally)

MoviePass, the subscription movie-going experience that set the internet on fire last year, has finally announced that they’re closing up shop. And no, it’s not like that 4th of July weekend where they just quit for a few days. MoviePass is done for good. This closure is probably long overdue, since MoviePass never actually figured […]

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Sling TV now works in Apple’s Safari browser

You can now stream both live and on-demand Sling TV content within Apple's Safari browser for desktop. The Dish-owned over-the-top internet TV service already supports Chrome and Edge, but this additional feature means you don't have to use its Mac a…
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Misfit’s new Ronin Command and Path hybrid smartwatches are available for $150

Wear OS might still be laboring under the shackles of the outdated Snapdragon 2100/3100 processors, but there are alternatives to Google’s wearable OS. Misfit’s brand new Ronin Command and Path hybrid smartwatches offer an all-white design with navy blue accents, up to 6- and 12-month battery life, and an assortment of sleep and activity tracking […]

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Maintaining credibility and consistency on YouTube: Revisions to YouTube Music Charts and 24-hour record debut policy

From “American Bandstand” to “TRL,” every generation naturally finds its own barometer to measure the hottest songs and artists of the moment. For this generation, it’s YouTube. There is simply no better current measure of the world’s music listening than YouTube. Every day, we strive to showcase and celebrate the hottest artists, songs and music videos from around the world.

Today, we’re sharing some important changes made to YouTube Music Charts, the go-to destination to see what’s popular, what’s rising and trending both locally and globally on YouTube, and updates to how we determine videos that are eligible for 24-hour record debuts on YouTube.

YouTube Music Charts have become an indispensable source for the industry and the most accurate place for measuring the popularity of music listening behavior happening on the world’s largest music platform. In an effort to provide more transparency to the industry and align with the policies of official charting companies such as Billboard and Nielsen, we are no longer counting paid advertising views on YouTube in the YouTube Music Charts calculation. Artists will now be ranked based on view counts from organic plays.

Over the last few years, fans, artists, and their teams have touted the number of views a video receives on YouTube within the first 24 hours as the definitive representation of its instant cultural impact. It’s a great honor and one we take very seriously. As we look to maintain consistency and credibility across our platform, we’ve made some necessary revisions to our methodology for reporting 24-hour record debuts.

Our goal is to ensure YouTube remains a place where all artists are accurately recognized and celebrated for achieving success and milestones. Videos eligible for YouTube’s 24-hour record debuts are those with the highest views from organic sources within the first 24 hours of the video’s public release. This includes direct links to the video, search results, external sites that embed the video and YouTube features like the homepage, watch next and Trending. Video advertising is an effective way to reach specific audiences with a song debut, but paid advertising views on YouTube will no longer be considered when looking at a 24-hour record debut. The changes will not impact YouTube’s existing 24-hour record debut holders.

Staying true to YouTube’s overall mission of giving everyone a voice and showing them the world, we want to celebrate all artist achievements on YouTube as determined by their global fans. It’s the artists and fans that have made YouTube the best and most accurate measure of the world’s listening tastes, and we intend on keeping it that way.

Additional information on how YouTube Music Charts are calculated can be found here and additional details about YouTube Views and ads can be found here.


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MIT scientists accidentally create the blackest material ever

Good news for goths — black somehow just got even blacker. MIT engineers have cooked up a material that's 10 times blacker than anything else previously reported. Capturing more than 99.96 percent of any incoming light, the material is made of verti…
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Google’s search results will highlight original reporting

Google has updated its search algorithm to give more prominence to original reporting. The company's vice president of news, Richard Gingras, wrote in a blog post that it should be easier for people to find the origins of a news story.
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Time’s mixed reality app takes you inside the Amazon rainforest

Time's Immersive app brought you to the moon a couple of months ago — now, it's taking you on a timely trip to the Amazon forest. The publication has rolled out a new augmented reality experience for its application — now available for both iOS and…
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Hideo Kojima releases ‘Death Stranding’ briefing trailer in 4K

Kojima Productions has released a 4K version of Death Stranding's briefing trailer, which originally debuted at Gamescom in August. And you may want to watch it if you intend to follow all the Death Stranding news that comes out of Tokyo Game Show. H…
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Huawei’s Mate X folding smartphone could finally launch next month

First revealed during MWC 2019 back in February, Huawei’s Mate X folding smartphone has been the subject of delays and rumored tweaks, which is understandable when you consider the issues that Samsung has faced with its Galaxy Fold. While an exact date has yet to be announced, it seems that the Huawei’s Mate X could […]

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Scientists discover water vapor on an exoplanet with a rocky core

Water vapor is common in gas giants; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all have H2O floating around in their atmospheres. But water on a rocky planet is exceedingly rare, making the discovery of water vapor — and possibly even rain — on the exopl…
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[Deal] Amazon’s blowing out a ton of Otterbox cases today

If you’re looking for some discount phone cases, Amazon’s going to be your friend today. They’re running a one-day sale and knocking up to 60% off of several different Otterbox cases, bringing some prices down to below $ 20 for certain models. It’s mostly for popular phones since that’s primarily what Otterbox designs cases for, but […]

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Roland’s app can sync four iPhones to shoot multi-camera videos

Aspiring filmmakers on a shoestring budget have few options. Roland, the music company, has released a new iOS app that it says will allow users to create professional-quality video without equipment. The 4XCameraMaker app works by connecting the cam…
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Google teases Google Play Pass is coming soon

We know that a Google Play Pass is in the works from Google, and it looks to compete pretty closely with the upcoming Apple Arcade. Supposedly you’ll be able to pay one monthly fee to get access to a big variety of Google Play games and apps with no microtransactions, which sounds great! We just […]

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The iPhone 11 Pro vs. the competition: Battle of the cameras

The new flagship iPhone is here, and Apple's added the word "Pro" to its name — the first time Apple's used that word for a handset. And no wonder: The camera on the iPhone 11 Pro is a triple camera setup that takes nine images with each press…
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[Deal] Upgrade your home theater setup with Anker’s discounted Dolby Atmos soundbar, today only

Tired of dealing with janky and quiet TV speakers, but don’t want to invest in a full-blown home theater setup? We don’t blame you, considering that can cost quite a bit and can take up a bunch of space. Instead, you can go with something like Anker’s Soundcore Infini soundbar, which delivers a big improvement […]

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Anker crams a Fire TV into a soundbar, in case you really don’t like Android TV

Anker has announced a new Nebula Soundbar that wants to do a little more than just make your TV sound better. Nope, this soundbar is more in line with JBL’s Link Bar, but with Amazon Fire TV instead of Android TV, for better or worse. It’s cheaper, too. The Nebula Soundbar is a 2.1 soundbar […]

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Best truly wireless earbuds for your smartphone [2019]

Totally wireless earbuds are all the rage these days. Tons of phones don’t even have headphone jacks anymore, so more and more people are going wireless with their headphones. It’s incredibly convenient, too, especially with how portable they are and the fact that you don’t have a wire to get tangled up in your pocket. […]

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Huawei one-ups Apple with the noise-canceling FreeBuds 3

Wireless earbuds are all the rage right now, even if some of them might kinda sorta like something Apple’s put out. Huawei’s latest offerings, the FreeBuds 3, are tackling one of Apple’s most successful products with a few extra features to try and tempt people over. Noise-canceling, truly wireless Like similar competitors, the FreeBuds 3 […]

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Talk Android’s best of IFA 2019!

IFA 2019 is winding down, and there were plenty of things announced to get excited about. Huawei is pushing 5G processors, we saw a ton of speakers that are smarter than ever, and quite a few new phones were announced that we’re looking forward to. Check out our list of our favorite gadgets and announcements […]

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News anchor sues Facebook, Reddit after creepy photo appears in ads

Internet giants are about to face another test of their liability for the content they host. The Verge has learned that Fox 29 News anchor Karen Hepp filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Giphy, Imgur, Reddit and porn outlet XNXX for allegedly violating…
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[Deal] Our favorite Galaxy S10 alternative is on a stupidly good deal right now

The LG G8 ThinQ is one of the most underrated phones we’ve reviewed this year. It’s not without its faults, but it’s a pretty compelling Galaxy S10 alternative, especially when you can catch a good deal on one. A good deal, for example, like the current one where you can get a G8 for less […]

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After Math: The NFL goes full geek

The NFL is matching brains with brawn for its 100th season. Fans will be able to enjoy faster in-stadium internet, deeper insights into their local teams and virtually trade their favorite players like sentient trading cards (but only in New Jersey)….
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Tesla hopes to unveil its electric pickup truck in November

Tesla missed its goal of unveiling its electric pickup truck this summer, but it does have some idea of when to expect its smaller cargo hauler. Elon Musk told Twitter followers that the electric pickup's reveal will "most likely" take place in Nove…
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Late to the party, but Apple Music finally has a web interface now

Apple has finally rolled out a web interface for their Apple Music service, adding a feature that most other music streaming services have had for years now. Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube, etc. all already offer this, but hey, that’s just the Apple way. Better late than never Snark aside, it’s a nice feature to […]

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Weirdest IFA 2019 news: Samsung wants to turn your phone into a Square reader

Samsung hasn’t had a huge IFA 2019 (they rarely do) but they did talk about the relaunch of the Galaxy Fold. Aside from that, they’ve been pretty quiet. The might take home the award for weirdest announcement after this one, though. A new feature called SoftPOS aims to turn your Samsung smartphone or tablet into […]

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Apple’s tracking tags will reportedly use ultra-wideband for precision

While we've known for a while now that Apple is working on a Tile-like tracking device, what hasn't been clear is how the company plans to differentiate the product beyond its usual ecosystem tie-ins. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a solid track record on…
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Streaming dominates the music industry’s revenue

The music industry is on the upswing, and the RIAA has services like Spotify and Apple Music to thank. Adoption has steadily increased, and they accounted for 80 percent of the revenue from the first half of 2019. Despite these record-breaking number…
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DOJ launches probe of automakers that agreed to California emissions rules

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an antitrust investigation into BMW, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen, the four automakers that came to a voluntary agreement with California to follow stricter fuel efficiency standards. After The Wall Stree…
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The first ever black hole image lands scientists $3 million prize

The scientists that captured the first image of a black hole are being rewarded with a $ 3 million prize. The Breakthrough prize, known as the "Oscars of Science," is sponsored by Silicon Valley execs such as Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin, and recog…
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LG’s take a folding phone is a little too weird; meet the LG G8X

I know what you’re thinking: “man, I really do like the sound of the LG G8 ThinQ, but I really wish it had two identical screens on a hinge!” Right? No? Well, that’s LG’s next idea anyway. Meet the LG G8X, the company’s take on a folding device that’s not quite like what we’ve seen […]

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Welcome to YouTube.com/Fashion!

Exciting day for fashion fans: Today, we’re launching YouTube.com/Fashion, a single destination for style content on YouTube. My team likes to call this new hub “slash fashion” and it’ll feature original content from the biggest names in the industry, as well as the popular content that users have come to expect from the world of YouTube. Each shelf is chock-full of compelling videos from fashion and beauty creators, industry professionals, publishers, and luxury fashion brands.

When I joined YouTube a little more than a year ago, I immediately saw the platform’s insatiable desire for more fashion and beauty! And the data backs it up: From 2014 to 2018, the number of Fashion & Beauty channels on YouTube has grown over 6x, generating billions of views in the last year alone.

My response? Give the people what they want! The aim for /Fashion is to create an ultimate destination for style content that bridges both our fabulous endemic creator community and the more traditional worlds of fashion and beauty. My hope is that anyone looking for all things style will now have a place to come and be inspired by what they see.

Here’s what to expect:

Style content from your favorite YouTube creators

Creators are, and always will be, the heartbeat of our platform and /Fashion is no exception. We’ll have a featured section dedicated to creators where you can get ready with Camila Coelho, join Jenn Im for a Fendi fashion show in Rome, watch Ingrid Nilsen attend the CFDA Awards with Chanel, and comment on style challenges from Safiya Nygaard. Looking for the latest in beauty? Check out our ‘Beauty Today’ section where you can find content from gurus such as Jackie Aina and Huda Beauty.

Industry collaborations

One of the most thrilling parts of the new Fashion & Beauty department has been to foster collaborations between fashion brands and our creators. Look no further than Louis Vuitton, who teamed up with Emma Chamberlain and the Dolan Twins; and Dior, who invited Wengie, the Merrell Twins, Dulceida and Juanpa Zurita to their shows in the past 12 months to create fabulous fashion content. We’ve also helped established creators welcome new fashion professionals onto the platform, like when RuPaul’s Drag Race winner (and fledging YouTube creator) Violet Chachki teamed up with Gigi Gorgeous for a makeup makeover.

Straight from the Runway

Just in time for the kickoff of September Fashion Month, we’ll be livestreaming the latest collections straight from the runway, including Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Dior and more. We’ll also take you behind-the-scenes with “Stories of Style,” giving you an inside look into the industry with content from fashion favorites, such as Alexander Wang, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung. (PS. While I have you, check out this vlog comedian Pete Davidson did of walking the Wang runway this summer.)

Industry access

We’re also excited to bring new voices onto YouTube from across the industry, including fashion professionals, publishers and brands. One of our breakouts has been ‘Being Naomi,’ Naomi Campbell’s new channel that covers everything from her preflight routine to her emotional return to the Valentino runway. Go behind-the-scenes with LOVE Magazine and British Vogue for fresh takes on industry icons and join Gucci for their ‘Second Summer of Love’ collaboration with Frieze.

Our goal is to make YouTube.com/Fashion a diverse and inclusive place, filled with the latest fashion and beauty trends, content and more. We’ll be working over the coming months to bring more international voices to the page and to localize for global markets. We can’t wait for you to explore our new offering, get inspired by all the great content, and share your favorites with friends. Be sure to come back often, as we have a lot more to come!

Derek Blasberg, Director of YouTube Fashion and Beauty


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Asus crammed 1TB of storage in their ultimate Galaxy Note 10 killer

Asus is currently working on an already-impressive ROG Phone II. It utilizes the absolute best CPU from Qualcomm in the superclocked Snapdragon 855+ paired with a specialized GPU for maximum performance, a 120hz screen, and a 6000mAh battery with a ton of storage. But they’ve announced an even better version of that phone today, stuffed […]

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An update on kids and data protection on YouTube

Responsibility is our number one priority at YouTube, and nothing is more important than protecting kids and their privacy. We’ve been significantly investing in the policies, products and practices to help us do this. From its earliest days, YouTube has been a site for people over 13, but with a boom in family content and the rise of shared devices, the likelihood of children watching without supervision has increased. We’ve been taking a hard look at areas where we can do more to address this, informed by feedback from parents, experts, and regulators, including COPPA concerns raised by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that we are addressing with a settlement announced today.

New data practices for children’s content on YouTube

We are changing how we treat data for children’s content on YouTube. Starting in about four months, we will treat data from anyone watching children’s content on YouTube as coming from a child, regardless of the age of the user. This means that we will limit data collection and use on videos made for kids only to what is needed to support the operation of the service. We will also stop serving personalized ads on this content entirely, and some features will no longer be available on this type of content, like comments and notifications. In order to identify content made for kids, creators will be required to tell us when their content falls in this category, and we’ll also use machine learning to find videos that clearly target young audiences, for example those that have an emphasis on kids characters, themes, toys, or games.

Improvements to YouTube Kids

We continue to recommend parents use YouTube Kids if they plan to allow kids under 13 to watch independently. Tens of millions of people use YouTube Kids every week but we want even more parents to be aware of the app and its benefits. We’re increasing our investments in promoting YouTube Kids to parents with a campaign that will run across YouTube. We’re also continuing to improve the product. For example, we recently raised the bar for which channels can be a part of YouTube Kids, drastically reducing the number of channels on the app. And we’re bringing the YouTube Kids experience to the desktop.

Investing in family creators

We know these changes will have a significant business impact on family and kids creators who have been building both wonderful content and thriving businesses, so we’ve worked to give impacted creators four months to adjust before changes take effect on YouTube. We recognize this won’t be easy for some creators and are committed to working with them through this transition and providing resources to help them better understand these changes.

We are also going to continue investing in the future of quality kids, family and educational content. We are establishing a $ 100 million fund, disbursed over three years, dedicated to the creation of thoughtful, original children’s content on YouTube and YouTube Kids globally.

Training our teams

Championing the protections we have in place for children is a shared responsibility across the company. To that end, we are introducing new, mandatory annual training for our teams about our requirements in this area.

Today’s changes will allow us to better protect kids and families on YouTube, and this is just the beginning. We’ll continue working with lawmakers around the world in this area, including as the FTC seeks comments on COPPA. And in the coming months, we’ll share details on how we’re rethinking our overall approach to kids and families, including a dedicated kids experience on YouTube. I have the privilege of working alongside parents who deeply care about protecting kids. We know how important it is to provide children, families and family creators the best experience possible on YouTube and we are committed to getting it right.

Susan Wojcicki


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NASA ramps up its efforts to understand space weather

This week, NASA selected three proposals for missions that could help us better understand the Sun-driven space weather that occurs near Earth. Space weather, like solar flares, can impact spacecraft and astronauts, and it has the potential to disabl…
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Netflix raises prices for existing users in the UK from October 3rd

It isn’t all that long ago since Netflix announced that it was raising the price of its Standard and Premium Plans in the UK for new subscribers, and now it seems like its the turn of those with existing subscriptions to feel the pain. From October 3rd?, kicking back and bingeing on the new season […]

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Logitech’s new MX Master 3 employs magnets for a better scroll

We've long been fans of Logitech's MX line of mice, especially the Master series. They're attractive, reliable and have found a home in both our back to school and holiday gift guides. Today the company revealed the newest additions to the family: th…
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The Four Rs of Responsibility, Part 1: Removing harmful content

Over the past several years, we’ve redoubled our efforts to live up to our responsibility while preserving the power of an open platform. Our work has been organized around four principles:

Over the next several months, we’ll provide more detail on the work supporting each of these principles. This first installment will focus on “Remove.” We’ve been removing harmful content since YouTube started, but our investment in this work has accelerated in recent years. Below is a snapshot of our most notable improvements since 2016. Because of this ongoing work, over the last 18 months we’ve reduced views on videos that are later removed for violating our policies by 80%, and we’re continuously working to reduce this number further.1

Developing policies for a global platform

Before we do the work of removing content that violates our policies, we have to make sure the line between what we remove and what we allow is drawn in the right place — with a goal of preserving free expression, while also protecting and promoting a vibrant community. To that end, we have a dedicated policy development team that systematically reviews all of our policies to ensure that they are current, keep our community safe, and do not stifle YouTube’s openness.

After reviewing a policy, we often discover that fundamental changes aren’t needed, but still uncover areas that are vague or confusing to the community. As a result, many updates are actually clarifications to our existing guidelines. For example, earlier this year we provided more detail about when we consider a “challenge” to be too dangerous for YouTube. Since 2018, we’ve made dozens of updates to our enforcement guidelines, many of them minor clarifications but some more substantive.

For particularly complex issues, we may spend several months developing a new policy. During this time we consult outside experts and YouTube creators to understand how our current policy is falling short, and consider regional differences to make sure proposed changes can be applied fairly around the world.

Our hate speech update represented one such fundamental shift in our policies. We spent months carefully developing the policy and working with our teams to create the necessary trainings and tools required to enforce it. The policy was launched in early June, and as our teams review and remove more content in line with the new policy, our machine detection will improve in tandem. Though it can take months for us to ramp up enforcement of a new policy, the profound impact of our hate speech policy update is already evident in the data released in this quarter’s Community Guidelines Enforcement Report:

The spikes in removal numbers are in part due to the removal of older comments, videos and channels that were previously permitted. In April 2019, we announced that we are also working to update our harassment policy, including creator-on-creator harassment. We’ll share our progress on this work in the coming months.

Using machines to flag bad content

Once we’ve defined a policy, we rely on a combination of people and technology to flag content for our review teams. We sometimes use hashes (or “digital fingerprints”) to catch copies of known violative content before they are ever made available to view. For some content, like child sexual abuse images (CSAI) and terrorist recruitment videos, we contribute to shared industry databases of hashes to increase the volume of content our machines can catch at upload.

In 2017, we expanded our use of machine learning technology to help detect potentially violative content and send it for human review. Machine learning is well-suited to detect patterns, which helps us to find content similar (but not exactly the same) to other content we’ve already removed, even before it’s ever viewed. These systems are particularly effective at flagging content that often looks the same — such as spam or adult content. Machines also can help to flag hate speech and other violative content, but these categories are highly dependent on context and highlight the importance of human review to make nuanced decisions. Still, over 87% of the 9 million videos we removed in the second quarter of 2019 were first flagged by our automated systems.

We’re investing significantly in these automated detection systems, and our engineering teams continue to update and improve them month by month. For example, an update to our spam detection systems in the second quarter of 2019 lead to a more than 50% increase in the number of channels we terminated for violating our spam policies.

Removing content before it’s widely viewed

We go to great lengths to make sure content that breaks our rules isn’t widely viewed, or even viewed at all, before it’s removed. As noted above, improvements in our automated flagging systems have helped us detect and review content even before it’s flagged by our community, and consequently more than 80% of those auto-flagged videos were removed before they received a single view in the second quarter of 2019.

We also recognize that the best way to quickly remove content is to anticipate problems before they emerge. In January of 2018 we launched our Intelligence Desk, a team that monitors the news, social media and user reports in order to detect new trends surrounding inappropriate content, and works to make sure our teams are prepared to address them before they can become a larger issue.

We’re determined to continue reducing exposure to videos that violate our policies. That’s why, across Google, we’ve tasked over 10,000 people with detecting, reviewing, and removing content that violates our guidelines.

For example, the nearly 30,000 videos we removed for hate speech over the last month generated just 3% of the views that knitting videos did over the same time period.

Last week we updated our Community Guidelines Enforcement Report, a quarterly report that provides additional insight into the amount of content we remove from YouTube, why it was removed, and how it was first detected. That report demonstrates how technology deployed over the last several years has helped us to remove harmful content from YouTube more quickly than ever before. It also highlights how human expertise is still a critical component of our enforcement efforts, as we work to develop thoughtful policies, review content with care, and responsibly deploy our machine learning technology.



1 From January, 2018 – June, 2019


2 Nov 16, 2016; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2016/11/more-parental-controls-available-in.html

2 June 18, 2017; https://www.blog.google/around-the-globe/google-europe/four-steps-were-taking-today-fight-online-terror/

2 July 31, 2017; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/07/global-internet-forum-to-counter.html

2 Aug 1, 2017; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/08/an-update-on-our-commitment-to-fight.html

2 Dec 4, 2017; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/12/expanding-our-work-against-abuse-of-our.html

2 April 23, 2018; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2018/04/more-information-faster-removals-more.html

2 Dec 1, 2018; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/06/an-update-on-our-efforts-to-protect.html

2 Jan 15, 2019; https://support.google.com/youtube/thread/1063296?hl=en

2 Feb 19, 2019; https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/2019/02/making-our-strikes-system-clear-and.html

2 Feb 28, 2019; https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/2019/02/more-updates-on-our-actions-related-to.html

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

2 July 1, 2019; https://support.google.com/youtube/thread/8830320

2 Aug 21, 2019; https://support.google.com/youtube/thread/12506319?hl=en

2 Coming soon; https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/06/taking-harder-look-at-harassment.html


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