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White supremacist David Duke gets permanently banned from Twitter
David Duke's suspended Twitter account
David Duke's suspended Twitter account Credit: Screenshot via Twitter

David Duke, white supremacist and former KKK grand wizard, has gotten his Twitter account permanently suspended on Thursday. Duke's account was banned "for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct" and for sharing "harmful links," so a Twitter spokesperson.

Twitter's move comes just a month after YouTube banned Duke's channel in late June for violating its "strict policies prohibiting hate speech."

Technology • Internet & Web
Spotify launches support to video podcasts
Spotify launches support to video podcasts
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Spotify announced on Tuesday the global launch of video podcasts, a feature that allows users to watch the video content from a select group of creator podcasts.

In a direct response to YouTube, where only paid subscribers can listen to video content in the background, Spotify says all of its users will be able to seamlessly move between the video version and the audio.

Technology • Internet & Web
Streamer Dr Disrespect teases possible comeback on YouTube
Streamer Dr Disrespect teases possible comeback on YouTube
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After being banned from Twitch three weeks ago Guy Beahm, mostly known under his alias "Dr Disrespect", stated in an interview with PcGamer that Twitch has stopped contact with him and hasn't provided a reason for his permanent ban from the platform. He said that he is considering legal action against the streaming platform, but won't return in case his ban gets revoked in the future.

He also stated that wants to get back to streaming and while he considers other providers like YouTube and Facebook, he's also looking into streaming on his own website.

Shortly after the interview, he published a video on his Twitter account and added a link to his YouTube profile on his Twitter profile as the first actions on the platform since his ban.

The video plays a song with the lyrics:
"it's out of my hand
but I'm still in control
it's out of my hand
you can never take away
power of my soul"

Technology • Internet & Web
Youtube bans six "supremacist" channels over hate speech including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke
Youtube bans six "supremacist" channels over hate speech including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke
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YouTube has banned six channels of known YouTubers including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Richard Spender over hate speech. According to YouTube the channels linked to off-platform hate content and made claims of inferiority about a protected group. In an official statement, the company said that they "have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies" since updating their "guidelines to better address supremacist content".

Business • Media & Advertising
Ford, Adidas and Clorox join social media advertising boycott
Ford, Adidas and Clorox join social media advertising boycott
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Ford, Adidas and Clorox have joined a growing list of companies pausing social media advertising to take action against hate speech. Ford will not advertise on either Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter in the U.S. for the next 30 days. Clorox is pausing advertising globally on all Facebook-owned platforms until the end of the year, Adidas through July.

Technology • Internet & Web
New Google data retention police will delete users' location, web history after 18 months
New Google data retention police will delete users' location, web history after 18 months
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Google is switching to an auto-delete setup as its default for web browsing and app history. The company will automatically delete some web and location history after 18 months for new users, and make it easier for existing customers to change their settings.

Previously users had ways to limit data collection and delete history — location history, search, voice, and YouTube activity data — but it was an opt-out experience.

In a blog post, Sundar Pichai CEO of Google stated: "Today, we are announcing privacy improvements to help do that, including changes to our data retention practices across our core products to keep less data by default."

Technology • Internet & Web
Microsoft to shutdown streaming platform Mixer
Mixer Logo
Mixer Logo Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft has announced the shutdown of its streaming platform Mixer by July 22 after failing to reach its growth expectations. Streamers such as Ninja and Shroud were recruited last year to exclusively stream on Mixer, but the platform has been struggling to compete with Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Gaming. Microsoft said it is partnering with Facebook and plans to move existing Mixer partners to Facebook Gaming starting today.

Technology • Internet & Web
Dozen of women are coming forward with reports of sexual harassment and assault by major Twitch streamers
Dozen of women are coming forward with reports of sexual harassment and assault by major Twitch streamers
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According to a write-up of Rod Breslau (alias "Slasher"), an independent eSports and gaming journalist, multiple women of the streaming and gaming industry have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault against multiple YouTube and Twitch streamers and other personalities of the gaming and eSports industry.

Omeed Dariani, one of the accused, has stepped down as CEO of the OP Group following the allegations. Over 50 different people have been accused of varying forms of sexual harassment and misconduct, prompting Twitch to a public response. In a tweet, the platform stated that they are "actively looking into the accounts" and that they "will work with law enforcement where applicable".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
YouTuber Jake Paul charged by police over alleged looting

The YouTuber Jake Paul, who has over 20 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, has been charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly. He was previously spotted in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall after it was closed and officials have said that Jake Paul "was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by police". The YouTuber himself has nobody of his group has engaged in any looting or vandalism.

Science • Space
Everyday Astronaut to livestream NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 launch
Screenshot of Everyday Astronaut's livestream footage
Screenshot of Everyday Astronaut's livestream footage Credit: Everyday Astronaut via YouTube

Everyday Astronaut's Tim Dodd is providing a livestream of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 launch on his YouTube channel. Dodd is stationed about 3 miles away from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to capture the launch of the first private spacecraft to transport astronauts into low-Earth orbit. The launch will be at 4:33 p.m. EDT.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Netflix's Umbrella Academy returns for season 2 on July 31

The Umbrella Academy, based on Gerard Way's comic, will return for season 2 on July 31. In a video posted to YouTube, the actors who play the Hargreeves siblings, recreated the first season's dance scene to announce the release date.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
Andy Serkis does a live reading of 'The Hobbit'

Andy Serkis, the actor who portraited Gollum in the Lord of the Ring movies, is hosting a live reading of 'The Hobbit' on YouTube on Friday to raise money for UK charities. The 12-hour live stream starts at 10am on Friday 8th May BST (5am EST, 2am PST).

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Tribeca and YouTube team up for "We Are One" virtual global film festival
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We Are One: Global Film Festival Logo Credit: YouTube,Tribeca/We Are One: Global Film Festival

Tribeca and YouTube have teamed up to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival taking place from May 29 to June 7. The free event will be hosted on YouTube and feature films, documentaries, shorts and others from the top film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Venice. Major film festivals were forced to cancel their events due to Covid-19. We Are One will be ad-free but viewers will be asked to donate to Covid-19 relief funds.

Science • Space
NASA turned image of space into sound
NASA turned image of space into sound
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NASA 'sonified' an image taken by the Hubble Space telescope and transformed into a musical composition. The NASA team explained that time flows from left to right, while the sound changes depending on the location of the objects.

"Objects near the bottom of the image produce lower notes, while those near the top produce higher ones. [...] Stars and compact galaxies create short, clear tones, while sprawling spiral galaxies emit longer notes that change pitch", read the description of the uploaded sound video on YouTube.

Health
Publishers and content creators to lose out on advertising revenue due to coronavirus

The relevant terms for the display of advertising and monetization of content in the context of the pandemic such as "coronavirus" or "covid 19" are climbing in ranks in advertisement blocklists. This means that the related content won't be able to be monetized through the advertising networks of major publishers such as YouTube.