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YouTube’s CEO Responds to Controversies, Promises Stronger Enforcement

Content creators may soon face consequences for content that negatively impacts the site.

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YouTube is working on tightening and enforcing policies that include consequences if a content creator’s actions negatively impact the rest of the community, said YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on Thursday in a blog post that outlined the company’s goals for 2018.

The site’s open platform means that questionable content can be uploaded and published before YouTube can address the issue. Scandals surrounding YouTube creators is not something new.

Just weeks ago, YouTube star Logan Paul became the center of controversy over a disturbing video showing the body of a man who had recently committed suicide. The video has been taken down from the site following immediate backlash. However, the damage had already been done and the clip ignited controversy for both Paul and the site itself.

“We realize we have a serious social responsibility to get these emerging policy issues right, so we seek advice from dozens of expert advisors and third-parties,” Wojcicki writes. “For example, on issues of hate speech we work with the Anti-Defamation League in the U.S. and on issues of self-harm, we work with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. These third-parties have been essential in helping us refine our policies and we will continue to work with them throughout 2018.”

While Wojcicki does not reference Paul or any other YouTube creators directly in the post, the objective is to develop policies that will result in “consequences if a creator does something egregious that causes significant harm to our community as a whole.”

Wojcicki plans to follow through with the improvement using “a combination of human review and machine learning technology,” with the goal of having over 10,000 people working to address questionable content. Machine learning will also allow creators to review potentially offensive comments and address content violations.

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Solange Chosen as Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year

Solange will be honored at a Harvard Foundation award ceremony in March.

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The Harvard Foundation has selected Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Solange Knowles as its Artist of the Year.

Every year, the Harvard Foundation’s student and faculty choose an artist to be honored. Past recipients of the title have included artists such as Shakira, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Matt Damon, Jackie Chan and John Legend. The Foundation’s mission is to promote diversity, inclusion and equity throughout Harvard University’s community.

Solange is a distinguished artist who landed her first No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart with her 2016 release “A Seat on the Table.” In 2017, she also received a Billboard Impact Award and was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year. In December, she announced in an Instagram post that her New Year’s Eve show in South Africa would be canceled due to her struggles with an autonomic disorder.

Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times… Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share… However it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE. The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me… Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after. I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you…….but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance…..as it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways. I can’t thank Afro Punk enough for their support, and to all of the other festivals this past summer/fall who have known about my health, kept it confidential, and gone out of their way to make me feel supported while doing these shows. As a part of the self care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this 2018. This past year has been one of the most fulfilling of my life… Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life.

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However, Solange is not going to let that stop her. “Performing this record and experiencing the energy exchange with you guys has been astounding, and I’m so excited about continuing to do the work I feel so absolutely humbled and appreciative to be doing next year. It gives me life,” she explained in her post.

Solange will be recognized at the Foundation’s Cultural Rhythms Festival annual award ceremony on Saturday, March 3. The festival celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity at Harvard and is attended by over 2,000 people each year.

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Here are all the Winners From the 2018 Westminster Dog Show

Because dogs are very important.

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Sporting Group:  Bean (Full Of Beans), Sussex Spaniel.

Hound Group: Lucy, a Borzoi.

Working Group:  Ty (Tynan Dances With Wildflowers), Giant Schnauzer.

Terrier Group:  Winston (Winning Ticket), Norfolk Terrier.

Toy Group: Biggie the Pug.

Herding Group: Slick, a Border Collie.

Non-Sporting Group: Flynn (All I Care About Is Love), Bichon Frise.

annnndddd…..

Best in Show:  Flynn (All I Care About Is Love), Bichon Frise.

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Snapchat Update Generates Lots of Hate

This is a story that might not disappear after 24 hours.

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Yesterday, Snapchat automatically updated millions of accounts across the globe. Without warning, users woke up to a different-looking version of the app, that is apparently messier and more confusing. This update has caused many longtime Snapchat fans to not only publicly complain, but also abandon the app for good.

According to The Guardian, the update has made over 700,000 people angry enough to sign a change.org petition requesting that Snapchat change their format back. The petition is aiming to reach one million signatures, and can be signed here.

Within hours, several videos have surfaced which explain both how to remove the update and how to cope with it. Watch them here:

Will Snap Inc listen to their dissatisfied users?

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