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YouTube offers creators new ways to earn money

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube, often criticized for not compensating creators well enough, will allow them to set up paid channel memberships, the company said on Thursday. Currently the vast majority of revenue at the Google-owned service comes from advertising and that will remain a focus, said Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief products officer. "But we also want to think beyond ads. Creators should have as many ways and opportunities to make money as possible," he said. Viewers will pay $4.99 a month for channel memberships…

Netflix to give parents more control over access to content

Netflix is rolling out features that will give parents more control over access to content by allowing them to block individual movies and specific shows. Users can currently restrict content with only a specific maturity rating by using a numeric password. The new features will be available globally in the coming months, Mike Hastings, Netflix’s director of enhanced content, wrote in a blog post. Netflix has more than 100 million users across the world and spends billions of dollars in creating original shows such…

Google not obligated to check websites for defamatory content, German court rules

FRANKFURT: Google is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links to them in search results, Germany’s highest court ruled on Tuesday. The case, which comes in the context of debate about the so-called “right to be forgotten”, had been brought by two individuals seeking Google to prevent its search engine from displaying links to websites on which they were verbally attacked by other internet users. They wanted Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, to set up search filters to keep…

Facebook hiring 3,000 more workers to monitor content

NEW YORK: Facebook said Wednesday it is hiring an extra 3,000 staff to remove violent content like the gruesome killings and suicides broadcast on its video platform. The move ramps up efforts by Facebook to filter content amid growing criticism of the social media giant for allowing the platform to be used to promote violence and hateful activity. "If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly," chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. Zuckerberg's announcement came a week…

Facebook executives feel the heat of content controversies

CALIFORNIA: After Facebook's removal of an iconic Vietnam war photo stirred an international uproar last month, the social network's executives quickly backtracked and cleared its publication. But the image - showing a naked Vietnamese girl burned by napalm - had previously been used in training sessions as an example of a post that should be removed, two former Facebook employees told Reuters. Trainers told content-monitoring staffers that the photo violated Facebook policy, despite its historical significance, because it…

Pemra to begin crackdown against illegal Indian channels from October 15

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has announced to launch a crackdown against illegal Indian channels in all major cities of the country, ARY News reported on Saturday. According to details obtained from official sources of Pemra, the crackdown would be launched from October 15. The decision was taken today following a meeting between Chairman Pemra Absar Alam and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif during which the Chairman Pemra took the provincial minister into confidence over the…