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YouTube plans to take action against “dislike mobs”

Published: 1/Feb/2019 21:29 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 21:38

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube is putting their collective feet down in regards to what they called “dislike mobs,” as stated in a video from the platform’s ‘Creator Insider’ news channel on January 29.

Tom Leung, YouTube’s director of project management, discussed a few ideas that the site cooked up to mitigate what he called “dislike mobs,” which he defined as a mass of users who rush to dislike a video without even watching its content as a means to attack creators for some perceived wrongdoing.

While users currently have the option to make their videos’ metrics invisible, Leung toyed with the idea of making this the default, with viewers unable to see a video’s like to dislike ratio unless a creator chooses to make such information public.

Additionally, Leung introduced a concept that would require users to check a box explaining their reasoning for disliking a video – which would, in turn, give creators additional feedback for their content.

The most dramatic solution Leung discussed was removing the dislike button completely, which would mark a drastic change for the platform that Leung himself called “extreme” and “not super democratic.”

Movieweb.comYouTube’s recent discussion around “dislike mobs” could stem from the mass dislike of their 2018 YouTube Rewind video.

Leung clarified that YouTube is merely in talks to implement such changes, with no official plan enacted thus far.

This latest discussion follows YouTube’s new algorithm against ‘conspiracy’ content, which suppresses recommendations for such content that denies historical events, makes false claims about scientific evidence, and promotes “miracle cures” for major illnesses.

It was thought that popular YouTuber Shane Dawson’s recent ‘Conspiracy Series’ was demonetized due to the algorithm; however, it turns out that the site’s automatic review system pulled the video for showing footage of a ‘Bird Box’ prank.

Dawson’s video has since been reviewed, with YouTube calling the incident a “mistake.”

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Twitch streamer’s parents go nuts after trying VR chat for first time

Published: 27/Nov/2020 19:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Popular Twitch streamer JakeNBake spent his Thanksgiving introducing his parents to the world of VR Chat and the results were comically insane to say the least.

Streamers getting their parents to play popular video games isn’t necessarily a new concept, but bringing them into VR Chat takes that idea to a completely new level.

VR Chat is one of the most popular experiences available to virtual reality players, bringing people together into a fully 3D world where they can interact, party, and play games with each other.

During the November 26 broadcast, Jake decided to bring his mother into VR and right off the bat, having her interact with another streamer by the name of “MurderCrumpet” was downright hilarious.

“Hello, how are you doing!?” Jake’s mother asked as the user showed up in her devilish-looking black avatar with dark red hair. “I’m Victoria. You’re MurderCrumpet? I don’t know if I like a MurderCrumpet.”

“Don’t worry about the name, call me Crumpet. The Murder part, that comes way later,” the player joked.

Eventually, Crumpet ended up inviting Jake’s mom to a dinner party at a club and she agreed to go into the portal to the destination.

From there, Victoria found herself interacting with all sorts of scantily-clad avatars and she was extremely impressed with how realistic everything looked.

Meanwhile, Jake’s dad had an interesting time being “hypnotized” by a famous player named Blu Haze.

“Oh my God, very nice,” he said as the player posed for him. “I’ve been drawn to her. I’m hypnotized by those violet eyes. Oh my God, very nice. Look at that.”

All while this was going on, Jake could only look on in disbelief and put his hands on his head, clearly stunned by what was transpiring.

“Don’t let her seduce you, she’ll have your soul,” someone off-screen warned.

“She already has, I’m afraid,” Jake’s father replied. “And my belly too.”

The whole experience is certainly very strange, especially with Jake’s parents getting so into it. Who knows, maybe in the future, they’ll become regulars at the parties in VR Chat.