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DAILY DIGITAL EDIT – 02.01.2018

The Daily Digital News Edit, bringing you the top 3 digital news stories of the day.

 YouTube star Logan Paul apologies for video of apparent suicide victim 

An American YouTube star has prompted a barrage of criticism after he posted a video which showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. The video was uploaded on Sunday and had millions of views on Youtube before it was taken down. Logan Paul, who has more than 15 million subscribers on Youtube, has since posted an apology on Twitter, saying he had been “misguided by shock and awe”.

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*It will be interesting to see if and how one of YouTube’s most popular creators will recover given the unforgiving nature of today’s social media world.*

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Snapchat may force users to watch three seconds of ads before skipping 

Snapchat’s young users often skip commercial interruptions within less than a second. The delayed skip button would be similar to the experience on YouTube, where TrueView ads run for five seconds before allowing people to escape.

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*This would be a bold experiment for Snapchat – as a platform, it has been openly reluctant to impose ads on its audience. Has this move been brought in in response to advertiser complaints that their ad content is generating shorter average view times? *

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Twitter pulls conspiracist’s verified badge after celebrity outrage 

Twitter’s stricter approach to verification isn’t just taking checkmarks away from the leaders of racist groups. The social network has pulled the verified badge from conspiracy peddler Liz Crokin after Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend reacted to Crokin’s unsupported claims that the two were trafficking their child in a Washington, DC paedophile ring. 

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* The incident highlights a familiar pattern for Twitter: it tends to respond to an outcry when celebrities or the press draw attention to the issue. There are concerns that others might continue to abuse their verified status unless Twitter is more proactive.*