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YouTube responds to SMOSH parent company shutdown

Published: 10/Nov/2018 1:22

by Virginia Glaze


The parent company to popular YouTube comedy channel SMOSH, Defy Media, shut down without notice on November 6, leaving a number of YouTubers without a leg to stand on.

Since being released from the company, many YouTubers underneath the Defy umbrella have seen immediate copyright claims on all of their videos – but YouTube claims that these strikes are part of efforts by the website to ‘protect’ the creators in question.

News YouTuber Philip DeFranco reached out to YouTube for a statement on the issue, to which the site explained that the strikes are part of a bigger process to help creators regain their independence.

“This is actually YouTube stepping in to take care of the creators,” DeFranco quoted of YouTube. “Separating the creators from Defy, then going through a process to set up these creators to be independently monetized.”

YouTube then released a public statement via Twitter, reiterating their response that they are ‘working on releasing all of the claims as soon as possible.’

Since Defy’s shutdown, the company has undergone massive scrutiny from multiple former employees, including YouTuber Anthony Padilla. The former SMOSH member claimed that he only saw ‘a fraction’ of the money that Defy brought in from the SMOSH YouTube channel, feeling that he and partner Ian Hecox had been ‘taken advantage of.’

YouTuber Shane Dawson likewise chimed in on the situation, alleging that defy would ‘threaten to sue’ their employees when they asked to leave the company due to ‘feeling uncomfortable in the workplace.’

While SMOSH is now free from Defy Media, co-founder Ian Hecox has assured fans that the channel is not canceled, but rather looking for a new home in the interim.


How to go live on TikTok

Published: 22/Jan/2021 15:17

by Georgina Smith


Going live on TikTok is a great way to connect with your TikTok followers, but there are a few requirements that need to be met before a user is permitted to live stream.

If you’ve been on TikTok for any extended period of time, you may have scrolled past, and even watched a live stream or two when they pop up on your For You Page.

While it can be a chance for hugely popular creators to connect with thousands of followers at the same time, it is not only for big influencers. A good portion of the TikTok userbase has the ability to live stream, though it is not available to users immediately upon downloading the app.

There are some requirements that need to be met in order for the average user to be able to live stream, relating to your age and follower count.

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TikTok is a hotspot for viral trends and fascinating videos.

TikTok live requirements:

In order to be able to live stream, your TikTok account must meet the following requirements:

  • Have more than 1000 followers
  • Be at least 16 years old.

If you’ve met these standards the option to live stream should be available, and if you’ve only recently met the requirements then the option should appear soon.

How do you go live on TikTok?

Once you have met the requirements for being able to go live, the process of actually streaming is pretty simple.

  1. Launch TikTok, and press the plus button at the bottom-center of your screen.
  2. Under the red record button, select the option labeled ‘live.’
  3. Enter a title for your live.
  4. Tap ‘go live’ to start the stream.

Once live viewers will be able to talk to you via live chat, making communication much more instant. It also gives you an opportunity to delve into longer content, like storytimes for example, that TikTok’s usual one-minute video limit doesn’t give you.

While not everyone can go live right off the bat, the threshold for being able to is still relatively low, and can serve as a great way to communicate with your followers.