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DAILY DIGITAL EDIT – 17.01.2018

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

 YouTube tightens the rules around creator monetisation and partnerships

 YouTube is tightening the rules around its partner program and raising the requirements that a channel/creator must meet to monetise videos. To apply for monetisation (and have ads attached to videos), creators must have tallied 4,000 hours of overall watch time on their channel within the past 12 months and have at least 1,000 subscribers. Previously, the standard required was 10,000 public views.

Read more here. 

*YouTube have justified this decision by claiming that it will help them to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them  – will this force out lesser known creators? *

 

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Microsoft is working on ‘building-scale’ VR for disaster simulations

 Microsoft is working on expanding the size capabilities of VR technology to tackle disaster management. In a lecture video, the Microsoft Research team explained how it’s reconstructing entire buildings in a VR sphere to help occupants learn how to act in disaster scenarios, such as earthquakes or flooding.

Read more here. 

*Initiatives such as this open up a whole other area for VR use; simulating real life situations in order to better prepare for lesser occurring, extreme situations. *

 

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 Half of Americans want to regulate news on social media

According to a new report from Gallup and the Knight Foundation, a growing number of Americans want regulation on how social networks and search engines surface and distribute news. Users also seem to agree that the system of how news is surfaced and distributed on Facebook is broken. The report found that 49% of Americans want regulation on how sites like Facebook decide what news to show users; 47%, however, say that they want sites to be free to use the methods they want.

Read more here. 

*Reports like this confirm that there is a growing concern amongst social media users about the regulation of online content – there does not appear to be a clear consensus from the platforms as to how they will fix this; will Facebook’s latest change help this?*

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