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YouTube Promoted a Conspiracy Theory Following a Mass Shooting, Again YouTube Promoted a Conspiracy Theory Following a Mass Shooting, Again

Earlier today, a video appearing in YouTube’s trending videos feed, meant to surface the most popular content to the platform’s estimated 1 billion users, featured content suggested a survivor of the Parkland shooting was a “crisis actor.” The term is used in conspiracy circles to describe someone paid to pretend…

Did a Fan Just Find Proof of Quantum Leap's Secret Lost Ending?  Did a Fan Just Find Proof of Quantum Leap's Secret Lost Ending? 

The series finale of Quantum Leap was bleak (to put it mildly), with the final title card confirming that Scott Bakula’s character, Sam Beckett, remained lost in time. However, one video claims a long-rumored alternate ending was actually real, one which would’ve made it possible for Sam to make that final leap home.

A Half-Remembered Retelling Makes This Star Wars Fan Film Special A Half-Remembered Retelling Makes This Star Wars Fan Film Special

There isn’t a lot of writing in the Star Wars universe. Stories seem to mostly be passed along via oral culture—one person telling a story to another, with all the foibles and forgetfulness personal retellings entail. This Star Wars fan film captures all the fun, and all the forgetfulness, of a good retelling.

Instagram Bows to Russian Censor's Pressure, Will YouTube Be Next? Instagram Bows to Russian Censor's Pressure, Will YouTube Be Next?

With fears of government crackdowns looming from every corner of the globe, tech giants have to decide who they’re willing to piss off. Following a demand from Russia’s internet censor, Instagram has removed videos relating to bribery allegations made by the country’s most prominent activist. So far, YouTube hasn’t…

The First Teaser for Cobra Kai Features a Karate Kid Stand-Off 30 Years in the Making The First Teaser for Cobra Kai Features a Karate Kid Stand-Off 30 Years in the Making

If Daniel LaRusso had fought John Lawrence again, would it have been the same outcome? Would Daniel have triumphed over evil a second time? We may just find out later this year when Cobra Kai debuts on YouTube Red.

Britain Wants Video Sites to Use the AI It Built to Block Terrorist Content Britain Wants Video Sites to Use the AI It Built to Block Terrorist Content

On Tuesday, the British government announced that it plans to release a new AI it claims can detect 94 percent of ISIS propaganda videos with 99.995 percent accuracy. The UK’s Home Office says that platforms can use its AI to scan videos as they’re being uploaded, detecting terrorist content and blocking it from ever…

YouTube's CEO Says Facebook Should 'Get Back to Baby Pictures' YouTube's CEO Says Facebook Should 'Get Back to Baby Pictures'

Facebook is reportedly trying to be more than just the landing page for conspiracy theories and election propaganda—it wants you to come for the videos, baby. It’s a play to rival YouTube, but its CEO, Susan Wojcicki, doesn’t seem too threatened.

Casey Neistat Should Stick to Marketing Casey Neistat Should Stick to Marketing

Ur-vlogger and Boosted Board spokesthing Casey Neistat scored unprecedented access to a member of YouTube’s senior executive team. The resulting interview was warmed-over PR and a book plug.

Unilever, Owner of Dove and Ben & Jerry's, Threatens to Stop Advertising on 'The Swamp' of Google and Facebook Unilever, Owner of Dove and Ben & Jerry's, Threatens to Stop Advertising on 'The Swamp' of Google and Facebook

Unilever, one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world, is threatening to pull advertising from Google, YouTube, and Facebook if the tech giants don’t rid their platforms of extremism, hate speech, and fake news. Unilever is particularly disturbed by its ads showing up in videos that sexualize and exploit…

You Know Logan Paul Is Gonna Keep Doing This Shit Forever, Right? You Know Logan Paul Is Gonna Keep Doing This Shit Forever, Right?

Logan Paul returned from the month-long hiatus related to his “suicide forest” video, which cost him his YouTube RED show and preferred advertising status. Paul made it a whole two days before doing something else reprehensible, and now the video platform has temporarily cut off all advertising to his channel.

YouTube Is Very Sorry for Spamming Users With Logan Paul's Dumbass 'Comeback' Video YouTube Is Very Sorry for Spamming Users With Logan Paul's Dumbass 'Comeback' Video

Sentient Adderall prescription Logan Paul is back, folks! Even if you’re not subscribed to his channel or interested in his varsity ice hockey meets self-help cult schtick, you might know that already thanks to YouTube. Earlier this week, the site decided to push a notification about Paul’s new video to scores of…

Turn Off Autoplay on Your Kids' TV Shows  Turn Off Autoplay on Your Kids' TV Shows 

The countdown makes me gasp every time. Ten seconds until the next episode of whatever show my daughter is watching. Nine seconds. Eight. Seven. Six.

12,000 Social Media Influencers, Mostly Women, Exposed by Marketing Firm Data Breach 12,000 Social Media Influencers, Mostly Women, Exposed by Marketing Firm Data Breach

More than 12,000 prominent social media influencers from YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and the gaming platform Twitch were exposed last month by a data breach at a marketing firm that pairs online stars with top brands seeking product reviews and endorsements, according to researchers at the security firm UpGuard.

Super Bowl I, Security Snake Oil, and Killer Flu: The Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Super Bowl I, Security Snake Oil, and Killer Flu: The Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

What a week, what a week. As January faded into memory and February began, we saw the return of a (likely intoxicated) Ken Bone, Mark Zuckerberg claim he’s actually happy we’re using Facebook less, Apple continue to make a boatload of cash selling iPhones (though perhaps not as many as it would like), and we finally…

YouTube Will Warn Users When They're Watching State-Sponsored Propaganda YouTube Will Warn Users When They're Watching State-Sponsored Propaganda

Confirming an unusual screenshot which circulated earlier this week, YouTube has officially announced its intentions to mark content from certain news agencies as “funded in whole or in part” by whatever state happens to be their patron. In short, the platform is calling out propaganda.

Google CEO Says AI Is 'More Profound Than, I Dunno, Electricity or Fire' Google CEO Says AI Is 'More Profound Than, I Dunno, Electricity or Fire'

“AI is one of the most important things humanity is working on. It is more profound than, I dunno, electricity or fire.” Those words were not uttered from the lips of a stoned Gizmodo staffer but said on a stage at a Recode- and NBC-sponsored “town hall” in San Francisco last month by Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Is YouTube TV Finally Worth It? Is YouTube TV Finally Worth It?

Saddle up, cord cutters. Your life just became slightly less inconvenient. YouTube TV will now work on Roku devices, which means you can watch over 40 channels of live entertainment through your set-top box. Does that make YouTube TV more appealing? Sure. Does that make YouTube TV worth $35 a month? Ehhhhhhhhh.

It Took a Month For Logan Paul to Become the Real Victim It Took a Month For Logan Paul to Become the Real Victim

Today, Good Morning America aired an interview with Logan Paul, in which the wayward YouTuber explained again how he messed up and he’s really, really sorry for posting a video in which he gawks and laughs at an apparent dead body in Aokigahara, known as the suicide forest. He’s learned tough lessons and maybe it was…

How to Watch President Trump’s State of the Union Speech on YouTube, Facebook, in VR, and More How to Watch President Trump’s State of the Union Speech on YouTube, Facebook, in VR, and More

Tonight, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union speech to the American people at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific, 5am Moscow time). And if you don’t have TV, there are plenty of ways to watch on platforms like YouTube and Facebook. You can even watch in VR.

Hackers Hijacking CPUs to Mine Cryptocurrency Have Now Invaded YouTube Ads Hackers Hijacking CPUs to Mine Cryptocurrency Have Now Invaded YouTube Ads

Cryptojacking is a relatively new malware issue that has gradually become a widespread problem. Bad actors are injecting a piece of JavaScript into websites and advertisements that harnesses a victims CPU to mine cryptocurrencies. The latest network to be targeted by cryptojackers is Google’s advertising service on…

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