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What???!!! No more kinky stuff on YouTube?


YouTube Review

Oh well, not exactly like that. Let’s just say YouTube is doing some house cleaning, trying to get rid of some dirt and sanitize its cyber household.

So you don’t necessarily throw away all your kinky stuff. You just make sure your kids won’t see them.

‘A YouTube for all of us’ is what the video-sharing site wants to achieve.

As a community, we have come to count on each other to be entertained, challenged, and moved by what we watch and share on YouTube,” it says on its blog.

“We’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to make the collective YouTube experience even better, particularly on our most visited pages,” it adds.

And what does that mean exactly?

First, it wants stricter standard for mature content. 

“While videos featuring pornographic images or sex acts are always removed from the site when they’re flagged, we’re tightening the standard for what is considered ‘sexually suggestive’,” says YouTube.

“Videos with sexually suggestive (but not prohibited) content will be age-restricted, which means they’ll be available only to viewers who are 18 or older. To learn more about what constitutes ‘sexually suggestive’ content, click here.”

But you can always lie about your age when you register. Hmmm.

Next, demotion of sexually suggestive content and profanity. 

“Videos that are considered sexually suggestive, or that contain profanity, will be algorithmically demoted on our ‘Most Viewed,’ ‘Top Favorited,’ and other browse pages.”

“In testing, we’ve found that out of the thousands of videos on these pages, only several each day are automatically demoted for being too graphic or explicit. However, those videos are often the ones which end up being repeatedly flagged by the community as being inappropriate.”

Another improvement: more accurate video information. 

“Our Community Guidelines have always prohibited folks from attempting to game view counts by entering misleading information in video descriptions, tags, titles, and other metadata. We remain serious about enforcing these rules.”

So guys, don’t mislead YouTube users by placing tags like “sexy” or “sex scandal” just to boost your view counts. And YouTube has a stern warning: Better shape up or you’ll be shipped out!

Now by doing these changes, YouTube says it hopes to “help ensure that you’re viewing content that’s relevant to you, and not inadvertently coming across content that isn’t.”

“The preservation and improvement of the YouTube experience is a responsibility we share. Let’s work together to ensure that the YouTube community continues to thrive as a positive place for all of us.” 


10 December 2008 at 3:01 am Leave a comment

President Arroyo hails Pacquiao victory


ABBI CHENG, YouTube Review

President Gloria Arroyo lauded the victory of Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao over Mexican American Oscar “The Golden Boy” de la Hoya in a welterweight bout billed as “The Dream Match” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines).

“The President and the Filipino people would like to extend our profound congratulations to Manny Pacquiao,” said Malacañang Deputy Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo in a statement released shortly after the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world beat 10-time world champion De la Hoya.

”His boxing feat is testament to the spirit of the Filipino – our resiliency and strength to face the challenges that come our way,” Fajardo said.

”Pacquiao has proven once again: Magaling ang Pinoy at bayani ang Pinoy!” she said, adding: “Our congratulations, too, to Team Pacquiao. Their commitment to face the challenge of a tough fight has proven that teamwork is a big boost to a collective effort to win a fight.”

“We must as a nation work together as Team Philippines to face the challenges of the world economic downturn,” Fajardo said.

”Filipinos everywhere around the world cheered for Manny who emerged victorious and once again gave glory to our country,” she said.

Pacquiao was declared winner when De la Hoya refused to come out of his corner after he got a flurry of punches from the  reigning WBC Lightweight Champion at the end of the eight round.

7 December 2008 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

Citizen journalists report Mumbai attacks


KARLOS RANSA, YouTube Review

As militants took hostages and killed at least 195 people, including 22 foreigners, during a shooting spree in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, citizen journalists provided horrifying accounts of the three-day carnage. 

As mainstream media tried to make sense of the horror that befell Mumbai (formerly Bombay), net citizens broke the news and provided quick updates on the seige. 

US-based Arun Shanbhag, who was just visiting his parents in Mumbai, used Twitter to send micro-blogs. He later wrote a running blog on WordPress, providing blow-by-blow account of the ensuing gunbattle between elite commandos and a small band of determined militants. 

He reported an emotional eyewitness account, telling about a “pool of blood in front of my barber shop.” On seeing the Taj Hotel on fire, he said: “OMG! One of the domes of the Taj is on fire. It is burning like a bonfire! I can actually see the structs/frameworks under the tiles in full blaze. OMG! NO! This can’t be happening!” 

YouTube also began carrying videos, some taken by horrified eyewitnesses while some were recordings from television networks. The video above, uploaded on YouTube by user midday, was taken by an Indian police officer as he was being shot by militants. 

Vinukumar Ranganathan used his Flickr account to upload photographs showing the grisly results of the rampage. 

In the aftermath of the violence, bloggers began to examine its causes and impacts.

Manoj Khatri, in his Mumbai attacks: the lethal combination of business, politic and religion post on WordPress, wrote: 

“The problem is much more complex than apparent. And perhaps the root cause is the lethal combination of business, politics and religion. The financial crises, the terror attacks and lots of other grave issues we face today are the result of these three forces conspiring hand-in-glove. 

“I reckon that the world is a victim of the ‘business of politics’ and the ‘politics of religion.’ Notice that the common thread is politics. Yes, politics is no more than business for our politicians, who leave no prospect of raking in millions. These same politicians also use religion to terrorise the core human spirit. They design dirty divisive strategies just so that they can come to power and then abuse it to their advantage. What is tragic is that people fall victim to the ideologies of political and religious leaders who have nothing but their own self-interest in mind.” 

Another WordPress blogger condemned the attack: 

“We, at Asoka Lifescience Ltd. are deeply aggrieved at the mayhem and manslaughter caused in Mumbai by a handful of gun-toting youth brainwashed and bought into believing that killing people for money, chauvinism, and fake patriotism is justified.” 

Moin Ansari, meanwhile, expressed fears about the impact of the attacks on India’s tourism and business outsourcing sectors. In his blog he wrote:

“The marketing campaign of ‘Incredible India’ is dead…

“The long term economic impact on Mumbai is incalculable. This is huge. Companies that outsource to India and enjoyed themselves in hotels like the Oberoi will rethink their strategies. ‘Incredible India’ and the tourism industry will take a colossal hit. It remains to be seen whether New Delhi can overcome the images streaming out of the financial capital of India.”

Blogger midfield, on the other hand, wondered: ”Could the horrific multiple-target terrorist attacks in India’s financial center Mumbai happen in the Philippines.”

And even as Mumbai authorities declared “all operations are over” and “all terrorists have been killed,” citizen journalists will still continue to stream news, give insights, and write history online.

29 November 2008 at 1:22 pm 2 comments

YouTube goes wider


ABBI CHENG, YouTube Review

And now you can watch your favorite YouTube videos in high-definition wider screen format.

YouTube has announced its page width increase to 960 pixels “to better reflect the quality of the videos you create and the screens that you use to watch them.”

“Over the years we’ve heard a lot of feedback from you about what you’d like to change about YouTube, and the size of our video player is always top of mind,” the Google-owned video-sharing site said on its blog.  

“This new, wider player is in a widescreen aspect ratio which we hope will provide you with a cleaner, more powerful viewing experience. And don’t worry, your 4:3 aspect ratio videos will play just fine in this new player,” it said.

”As always, we welcome your feedback and encourage you to share your thoughts with us on this exciting, new change happening for all videos on YouTube,” it said.

29 November 2008 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

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