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YouTube Star Dies in 'Unfortunate Accident'
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YouTube Star Dies in 'Unfortunate Accident'

'Comicstorian' Ben Potter was 40

(Newser) - YouTube personality Ben Potter, better known as "Comicstorian," has died less than a month after his 40th birthday. In a post on X , his wife, Nathalie Potter said he "passed away in an unfortunate accident" on Saturday, NBC News reports. She didn't share details of the...

YouTube Tweaks Rules for Watching Gun Videos

Tips for removing firearm safety devices will be limited to people over 18

(Newser) - YouTube is changing its policies about firearm videos in an effort to keep potentially dangerous content from reaching underage users. The video sharing platform owned by Google said Wednesday it will prohibit any videos demonstrating how to remove firearm safety devices. In addition, videos showing homemade guns, automatic weapons,...

He's Now the Undisputed King of YouTube

MrBeast, aka Jimmy Donaldson, has more subscribers than any person or company

(Newser) - He was already the No. 1 individual on YouTube in terms of subscribers. Now MrBeast—real name Jimmy Donaldson—can lay claim to being No. 1, period. Over the weekend, Donaldson overtook the Indian music label T-Series by reaching 269 million subscribers, reports the BBC . The 26-year-old did so by...

Suicide Warning Pulled From Joker Sequel Trailer

YouTube says it was added incorrectly

(Newser) - Warner Bros. released the trailer for the highly anticipated Joker sequel Tuesday evening—and within hours, YouTube issued a content warning. The warning, which was removed Wednesday afternoon, stated: "The following content may contain suicide or self-harm topics. Viewer discretion is advised." Before they could watch the Joker:...

New Deal Will Let Rogan Podcast Air Elsewhere

Per 'WSJ,' controversial podcaster may make up to $250M under new Spotify contract

(Newser) - Not too long ago, after a series of missteps and controversies , Joe Rogan's relationship with the music platform Spotify seemed tenuous . But "for more than three years, The Joe Rogan Experience has consistently been the number-one podcast across the globe," noted a recent Spotify statement—which helps...

After a Gruesome Murder, a Horrifying YouTube Video

Pennsylvania's Justin Mohr accused of decapitating his 'traitor' father, displaying head in online clip

(Newser) - January has come to a gruesome end in Pennsylvania's Bucks County, where a man has been accused of beheading his own father and displaying his head in a grisly YouTube video. Law enforcement sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer that 32-year-old Justin Mohn was arrested Tuesday night in Fort Indiantown...

YouTube Is the New Chess Club
YouTube
Is the New
Chess Club

YouTube Is the New Chess Club

Influencers like Levy Rozman are becoming the new face of the game

(Newser) - Levy Rozman ranks 6,689th in the international chess world, but on YouTube, he's No. 1. His GothamChess channel has accrued over a billion views, ranking first on YouTube in chess, according to the New York Times . Rozman's status eclipses the world's No. 4 ranked player (American...

YouTuber Who Staged Plane Crash Learns His Fate

Trevor Daniel Jacob sentenced to 6 months in federal prison

(Newser) - An influencer who staged a California plane crash to make a YouTube video of himself parachuting to safety was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison for obstructing the investigation by destroying the wreckage, according to the US Justice Department. Trevor Daniel Jacob, 30, an experienced pilot and skydiver,...

YouTube Lays Down Hammer on Russell Brand

Social media platform won't let comedian, accused of sexual assault, make money off his channels

(Newser) - Russell Brand's agency has bid him farewell , and promoters have called off his remaining comedy tour dates in the UK in the wake of new sexual-assault allegations against him, and now YouTube has delivered its own blow: The social media platform has blocked the 48-year-old comedian's main channel,...

Family YouTuber Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

Viewers have long raised a flag on Utah's Ruby Franke, who offers controversial parenting advice

(Newser) - A Utah mom of six who became popular on her now-defunct YouTube channel for offering parenting advice has been arrested. The AP reports that 41-year-old Ruby Franke was taken into custody on Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated child abuse at the Ivins home of Jodi Hildebrandt, 54, her business partner,...

Influencer's Rant Over French Wine Tour Costs Her
Influencer's Rant Over French
Wine Tour Costs Her
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Influencer's Rant Over French Wine Tour Costs Her

'I absolutely want her dead,' Tana Mongeau griped about international wine expert who led tour

(Newser) - A YouTube influencer is finding out the hard way that publicly slamming a French wine tour, including by calling for a wine expert's death, isn't the way to hold onto sponsors. On her Aug. 6 Cancelled podcast , Tana Mongeau got into the weeds on her recent visit to...

NYC Police Battle Crowd Drawn by Streamer's Giveaway

Twitch personality's promise of free gaming consoles, PlayStations attracts thousands to Union Square

(Newser) - Thousands of people filled Manhattan's Union Square on Friday afternoon for an internet personality's hyped giveaway that got out of hand, with some in the crowd clambering on vehicles, hurling chairs, and throwing punches, leaving police struggling to rein in the chaos. Aerial TV news footage showed a...

YouTube Stops Removing Fraud Claims on 2020 Vote
YouTube Flips on Election Lies

YouTube Flips on Election Lies

Company says policy enacted in 2020 could curb political speech

(Newser) - YouTube has reversed, effective immediately, the election integrity policy it enacted in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential vote. The company said leaving the policy in place for the next election could result in "curtailing political speech without meaningfully reducing the risk of violence or other real-world harm,"...

YouTuber Crashed Plane for the Clicks: FAA
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YouTuber Admits Crashing Plane for Clicks

Former Olympian Trevor Jacob agrees to plead guilty to federal charge

(Newser) - Former Olympian snowboarder Trevor Jacob has admitted that he crashed his light aircraft in California's Los Padres National Forest to get views on YouTube. In a plea deal announced Thursday, the 29-year-old said the video was part of a product sponsorship deal, the BBC reports. In a press release...

YouTuber Shot While Filming Prank Video
YouTuber Shot While
Filming Prank Video
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YouTuber Shot While Filming Prank Video

Shooter 'didn't take it very well' says victim Tanner Cook

(Newser) - A YouTube creator was filming a prank video inside a Virginia shopping mall Sunday when a man pulled out a gun and shot him, police say. Tanner Cook, 21, was critically injured as a bullet pierced his stomach and liver just before noon, prompting the mall to close for the...

Trump Posts on Restored Facebook, YouTube Accounts

Commenters welcome former president back after suspensions

(Newser) - YouTube announced Friday that former President Donald Trump, for the first time in more than two years, is allowed to upload new videos. Later in the day, he did. Along with an "I'm back!" message, the AP reports, Trump shared an old video clip in which he...

Her Son Become a YouTube Star—Then She Lost Him
Her Son Become a
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Her Son Become a YouTube Star. She Regrets It

Johna Kay Ramirez's son Jentzen is a member of the 'Squad'

(Newser) - Johna Kay Ramirez moved her kids Liana and Jentzen from Texas to Los Angeles about a decade ago. Then-13-year-old Liana's Hollywood career was gathering steam, and Jentzen, then 5, was along for the ride. Soon his own career took off, and as he entered his tween years, he started...

Next Year, a Big Change in Watching NFL Games

Sunday Ticket package moving from DirecTV to YouTube in another win for streaming

(Newser) - Football fans with the popular Sunday Ticket package will have to make a switch next season to keep access to all those games. Google's YouTube has outbid DirecTV and acquired the rights, reports the Wall Street Journal . The latter company currently pays the NFL $1.5 billion a year...

Haircut Prank Frees Up a Pair of Seats at US Open

YouTuber disrupts Kyrgios-Khachanov quarterfinal

(Newser) - It's not easy to look away from Nick Kyrgios during a close tennis match. The volatile Australian demonstrated why in his loss to Karen Khachanov on Tuesday night at the US Open. In addition to often playing terrifically, he yelled at his team in the stands, threw things, and...

To Study Elephants in Mourning, Researchers Get Creative

It's the first scientific documentation of the behavior in Asian elephants, thanks to YouTube

(Newser) - Wildlife biologists used crowdsourced YouTube videos to compile the first scientific documentation of how Asian elephants react to death. It's not that they were afraid to go into the field to study them with their own eyes—the problem is that Asian elephants are jungle dwellers, which makes them...

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