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YouTube will ‘ramp up’ enforcement of its policies against dangerous challenges – 16.01.19

YouTube will ‘ramp up’ enforcement of its policies against dangerous challenges and pranks

YouTube said “we’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that challenges like the Tide Pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances, have no place on YouTube.” Its policies also extend to pranks “with a perceived danger of serious physical injury”.

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*The announcement comes the day after a teenager crashed a car while driving blindfolded for the Bird Box challenge. The meme, which involves doing different things while blindfolded, became popular enough that Netflix itself issued a warning earlier this month.*

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Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned

Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake followers or that automatically follow/unfollow other people to get them to follow the client back. This is despite Instagram reiterating a ban on these businesses in November and threatening the accounts of people who employ them.

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*This raises a big question about whether Instagram properly protects its community from spammers. The Facebook-owned app’s quest to “move fast” to grow its user base and business seems to have raced beyond what its watchdogs could safeguard.*

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Facebook launches its first US podcast with a series focused on entrepreneurship

Facebook launched its second-ever original podcast series, and its first in the U.S. An arm of Facebook’s business operation, the new show “Three and a Half Degrees” will focus on entrepreneurship — specifically insights from successful business leaders.

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*It’s not a long season, and Facebook hasn’t yet confirmed plans to do another. That makes the “podcast” a bit more like a marketing initiative rather than a serious attempt at entering the podcasting market.*

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