Google is rolling out Snapchat-like AR effects to YouTube Stories

Started with Snapchat, Facebook extended the ‘Stories’ feature to Whatsapp and Instagram last year. Falling in the same line, Google has rolled out the much-used feature on YouTube as Reels in 2017 to about 100 creators. Continue reading “Google is rolling out Snapchat-like AR effects to YouTube Stories”

YouTube is rolling out ‘fact checks’ on sensitive topics to combat fake news in India

The term ‘Fake news’ is seen as the greatest threat and has the ability to fracture our society. The main sources for this unverified news are indeed the social media platform including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Continue reading “YouTube is rolling out ‘fact checks’ on sensitive topics to combat fake news in India”

YouTube disables comments on videos featuring kids; introduces new comment classifier

With an aim to improve child safety on YouTube, the company over the past week, we disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior. These efforts are focused on videos featuring young minors. It said that it will continue to identify videos at risk over the next few months. Continue reading “YouTube disables comments on videos featuring kids; introduces new comment classifier”

KaiOS gets Google Assistant, YouTube and Maps integration

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KaiOS Technologies, maker of KaiOS has announced an expansion of their partnership with Google. With this deal, KaiOS will get deeper integration of Google’s services like the Google Assistant and Google Maps, and can now access YouTube for the first time on their smart feature phones. Continue reading “KaiOS gets Google Assistant, YouTube and Maps integration”

YouTube TV expands to 95 new markets covering over 98% of households in the US

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YouTube has announced that it is expanding its YouTube TV platform beyond the 100 markets in the USA to nationwide; rest of the country. YouTube is rolling out TV to 95 markets, covering over 98 percent of households in the United States. Continue reading “YouTube TV expands to 95 new markets covering over 98% of households in the US”

YouTube for iOS gets new horizontal swiping gesture to navigate between videos

YouTube has announced that it is updating its mobile app to make it easier to navigate through videos. The app will get a new horizontal swiping gesture that lets you move forward and backward through the video you are watching. Continue reading “YouTube for iOS gets new horizontal swiping gesture to navigate between videos”

YouTube removed 7.8 million videos and 224 million comments in Q3 2018


Back in April, YouTube had launched a quarterly YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report as part of this ongoing commitment to transparency. Further to the commitment, the company is now expanding the report to include additional data like channel removals, the number of comments removed, and the policy reason why a video or channel was removed. Continue reading “YouTube removed 7.8 million videos and 224 million comments in Q3 2018”

YouTube autoplay on home rolling out for Android and iOS

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YouTube has announced that in the next few weeks, it will be rolling a new feature which brings the ability to autoplay videos on the home which helps you preview videos and watch YouTube on-the-go without audio. This feature is already available on YouTube Premium members on Android. Continue reading “YouTube autoplay on home rolling out for Android and iOS”

YouTube rolling out Instagram-like Stories widely

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YouTube has announced that it is rolling out YouTube Stories to all eligible creators with 10K+ subscribers. You can add text, music, filters, YouTube stickers, and more to make your story uniquely you.  To create a story, just open the YouTube mobile app, tap on the video camera icon, and select “Create Story.” Continue reading “YouTube rolling out Instagram-like Stories widely”

YouTube to shutdown pop-up annotations on January 15th

YouTube had discontinued its annotations editor on May 2nd, 2017, and now it will also stop showing any existing annotations on January 15th, 2019. The company says the adoption of end screens and cards has grown, the use of annotations has decreased by over 70%.  Continue reading “YouTube to shutdown pop-up annotations on January 15th”

YouTube testing ‘Ad-pods’ two back-to-back ads so you can watch videos without interruption

YouTube has announced that it is planning on introducing two back-to-back skippable ads which it is calling “Ad-pods.” This will let you watch a longer video without interruptions. Currently, YouTube shows an ad at the start and while you’re in the middle of watching a video.  Continue reading “YouTube testing ‘Ad-pods’ two back-to-back ads so you can watch videos without interruption”

After WhatsApp, YouTube finally arrives for JioPhone

Reliance Jio today announced that YouTube app is finally available on JioStore, meaning it will be available to install on JioPhone 2 and JioPhone 1. The app has been built specially for Jio KaiOS, a web-based operating system designed for JioPhone so that its users get the best experience. Continue reading “After WhatsApp, YouTube finally arrives for JioPhone”

YouTube merges Gaming destination to main site; to shut down standalone Gaming app in March 2019

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YouTube back in 2015 has launched YouTube Gaming, a standalone app for gamers where it tested new features like Game Pages, Super Chat, dark theme, and Channel Memberships. Today, the company has launched a new Gaming destination; ‘youtube.com/gaming’ to give gamers a home on YouTube. Continue reading “YouTube merges Gaming destination to main site; to shut down standalone Gaming app in March 2019”

YouTube Kids gets parents approved content, “Older” version experience for tweens

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YouTube today is introducing two new features to its YouTube Kids app including the parents approved content where it brings the ability for parents to handpick every video and channel available to their child in the app.

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