Video and Audio Creators
This week YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan wrote about
how YouTube is trying to tackle the spread of misinformation. The focus is on the difficulties: catching misinformation before it starts spreading, even when there isn’t good information to point viewers to; videos that are spread on external websites, where YouTube can’t provide context; “hyperlocal” and “regional nuances entwined with misinformation” for a worldwide audience. There aren’t any easy answers, but they are exploring more types of labels or disclaimers, linking to reliable news reports, interstitial screens with warnings, and updated policies.
English language YouTube videos in the Education category
can now add additional categories to (eventually) make your videos easier to find, including the type of video (such as Edutainment, Problem Walkthrough, Activity), which country’s academic system it’s relevant for, and the education level. (Creator Insider)
The YouTube “Shorts Shelf”
is now shown on channels on desktop, in addition to mobile. (Creator Insider)
YouTube will now show user-specified gender in viewer demographics in YouTube Analytics
, since users can now select that option (Creator Insider)
is limiting the creation of profile frames to approved authoritative organizations. Why? At least in part because the custom frames were used to promote anti-vaccination statements, after such content was otherwise limited. It’s a loss to those who were putting the feature to positive creative use. Andrew Hutchinson at Social Media Today has the story.
is 15 years old this month, and they are celebrating the platform’s top reblogs
Into the metaverse
Meta’s Horizon Worlds
VR platform now has a monthly user base of 300,000 people, which is a 10-fold increase since the public launch
in the US and Canada in December. It has 10,000 “worlds” you can explore with an Oculus Quest VR headset.
event platform is improving safety by getting less social.
It is removing hosted social hubs, turning on its “Safety Bubble” feature by default, and all attendees will have to sign in with a Microsoft account.
Google Drive now has “Search Chips”
that let you easily filter and refine search results with a single click. This is available to all Google Workspace and personal Google accounts.
Google is building a Privacy Sandbox on Android
to allow effective digital advertising with improved privacy. This is a multi-year project, and Google says they are working with developers, the advertising industry and government regulators to try to develop a system that works for everyone. It will be interesting to see if theta re actually able to do that.
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