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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
YouTuber Admits
Crashing Plane for Clicks

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

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
YouTube Star. She Regrets It

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...

Electrocution Kills 2 Making Art That's a TikTok Trend

Experts caution woodburning process isn't safe at home

(Newser) - The deaths of two people in Wisconsin are being blamed on electrocution caused by a woodburning technique that's popular on TikTok but banned by a trade group. The bodies of Tanya Rodriguez, 44, and James Carolfi, 52, were found after a house fire, but the Marathon County Sheriff's...

Cops: Pie in the Face Prank Is Criminal

Greenville, SC, police search for suspect ID'd through his YouTube videos

(Newser) - South Carolina police are looking for a suspect in a series of whipped cream assaults, who was identified from his own YouTube channel. Andre Eugene Moore-Gerald of Greenville, also identified through CCTV footage, is wanted on charges of third-degree assault and battery, according to Greenville police. Sgt. Johnathan Bragg says...

YouTuber Ordered to Yank 'Dream' Cabin on Public Land

Matty Clarke of 'Skote outdoors' is squatting in the Yukon, government says

(Newser) - A YouTuber who told viewers that they, like him, could build their "dream" cabin in the Yukon wilderness forgot to mention that he did so illegally in the eyes of the territorial government. In 2020, Matty Clarke ventured to Ensley Creek, 15 miles up the Yukon River from Dawson...

Cops: YouTubers Built Fort, Hid Inside Target Until 3am

They could get up to 7 years for '24-hour Target challenge'

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say two people hid inside a Target store and remained there for hours after it closed—and they might have gotten away with it, if they hadn't documented their activities in a YouTube video titled "24 Hour Overnight Challenge in Target." Police say Charlotte...

Mask Post Brings Bongino a Week Off YouTube
YouTube Bars
Dan Bongino Permanently

YouTube Bars Dan Bongino Permanently

He kept posting misinformation, skirting suspensions

(Newser) - Update: YouTube has permanently barred Dan Bongino. While the right-wing radio and Fox News host's channel was on a one-week suspension for violating the misinformation policy, another account associated with Bongino posted another video with the same misinformation. That not only violated YouTube's misinformation policy, but also Google'...

Cardi B Awarded $4M in Libel Suit Against YouTuber

Tasha K claimed rapper was prostitute, cocaine user

(Newser) - Cardi B has been awarded more than $4 million in her libel lawsuit against Tasha K. The rapper took the gossip blogger, also known as Latasha Kebe, to court after she posted videos on YouTube claiming that Cardi B was a prostitute and cocaine user whose child would be born...

80 Fact-Checking Groups: YouTube Is Being 'Weaponized'

Platform is a 'major conduit' of disinformation, say groups in more than 60 countries

(Newser) - YouTube isn't doing enough to tackle fake news on its platform, according to a letter signed by more than 80 fact-checking groups in more than 60 countries. The groups, including the Washington Post Fact Checker and UK's Full Fact, say disinformation and misinformation fly under the radar of...

YouTube Is Dropping Dislike Counter
YouTube Co-Founder
Pretty Down on
YouTube Change

YouTube Co-Founder Pretty Down on YouTube Change

Jawed Karim dislikes decision to hide dislike counter

(Newser) - Update: YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim dislikes the company's decision to remove the "dislike" counter—and he's edited the first video ever posted on the site to say so. Karim changed the description of "Me at the zoo" to ask why YouTube would make the "universally...

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