The story of what happened to Pedro Ruiz III and Monalisa Perez is difficult to read. The young couple, who lived in Minnesota with their 3-year-old daughter, sought Internet fame at seemingly any cost. Ruiz paid with his life—and Perez is charged with second-degree manslaughter, after she was convinced to shoot her boyfriend point-blank in the pursuit of "more viewers."Read More
In her VidCon keynote, Decoded host Franchesca Ramsey argued against making your activism into too much of a performance, because "when it comes to issues that matter in making a real, measurable difference, you don't always need an audience."Read More
Researchers looked into the effect of 4chan's "Politically Incorrect" /pol/ board on YouTube and the wider web. It's not good.Read More
Mike and Heather Martin temporarily lost custody of two of their five children for the cruel "pranks" they played in a series of now-deleted YouTube videos that earned the couple a lot of money. The loss of custody should be permanent.Read More
What's better than an adorable kitty with long whiskers? An adorable kitty with long whiskers resting in a nerdy cardboard house of course!Read More
College Humor's latest video, "Just Let the World Die," imagines what might happen if top scientists and military personnel discovered that an Armageddon-style asteroid was headed for Earth in the Trump era.Read More
YouTube says they've identified and fixed the problem with Restricted Mode, which was criticized back in March for blocking all-ages LGBTQIA videos as if they were "mature content."Read More
There was a great movie buried in there all along!
The lazy storytelling, the random shoehorned-in third act conflict, the disturbing affinity we're supposed to feel for Jim–'Passengers, Rearranged' fixes all of it.Read More
Now YouTube Will Have to Treat Racists the Same Way It Treats Mental Health Advocates and LGBTQIA Creators…Yay?
On Friday, PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks all announced that they would suspend their YouTube advertising until the company addressed their concerns about ads appearing alongside homophobic and racist videos.Read More
YouTube has come under fire as its "Restricted Mode" viewing seems to be censoring content from LGBTQIA YouTube creators.Read More
If you are a gamer who also cares about things like, you know, justice, and people, and not being a racist, I'm so sorry that you have to deal with the likes of Jon Jafari, A.K.A. "JonTron." You deserve better.Read More
Despite how excited everyone is that Donald Trump is president and so they no longer have to pretend to be sensitive to the struggles and feelings of others, it turns out that the same people who thought your garbage was unacceptable before the election did not suddenly get raptured worldwide when the U.S. presidential vote totals came in. Consequences still exist in the world, and they've come for Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a. YouTube's Pewdiepie.Read More
Fun fact: the Netflix YouTube channel isn't just a place for trailers anymore, it seems. They've uploaded what appears to be the first in a potential trend of film/TV criticism videos, and they're starting out strong!Read More
Insecure star Issa Rae and Empire's Jussie Smollett are teaming up for a new website series to be produced by Rae's production company.Read More
YouTube comments are the worst. But YouTube--and, by extension, their parent company Google--seems to be aware of that problem, and they're working on it.Read More
Moderating an online community is hard. Add video copyright troubles to that, and you've got YouTube's predicament as the overwhelmingly popular online video hosting service tries to become more like a social network. They've tried methods to alleviate abusive comments in the past (with little success), and now they're introducing a "YouTube Heroes" program to get assistance from users in flagging "inappropriate" videos.Read More
Thanks to a recent YouTube change, a lot of YouTubers are finding that they're not earning any money off of their hard work.Read More
Google has just put out a new report today about their efforts to fight piracy online, including some details about the Content ID system that gets implemented on YouTube. But music industry leaders aren't happy with how things have been going.Read More
Several internet video hosting behemoths have begun to automate the process of flagging "extremist" videos for automatic removal. Facebook and YouTube are among the websites that have initiated automated takedowns against videos depicting "extremist" political propaganda and/or videos that incite violence.Read More
The Nazis almost destroyed the first LGBTQIA silent film, but now it's freely available online.
With silvery streaks and speckles dancing across the black-and-white frame, piano soundtracks worthy of a school dance recital, and dialogue rendered in text, perhaps nothing could seem more old-fashioned than a silent movie. You might expect the story of such a film to be as outdated as its accompanying technology. But in the case of 1919's Different From the Others, you couldn't be more mistaken.Read More