YouTube is getting ready to add even more original content to their site, as the company is teaming up with Will Smith and the rap group Migos for some brand new programming.MORE: The Marvels & Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Get Official LoglinesDuring YouTube’s Broadcast Delivered advertising event, the company detailed a ton of new original series coming to the platform, with Will Smith’s docuseries leading the charge. The series, titled Best Shape of My Life, will be a six-part fitness series from Smith’s Westbrook Media. The show will chronicle Smith challenging himself to improve every aspect of his fitness, from his agility to power to recovery and more. Along the way, he’ll team up with various guests, including pro athletes, scientists and experts, and top YouTube creators.The rap group Migos is also getting their own docuseries, with Ice Cold using the prism of hip-hop jewelry to explore deeper issues around racial inequality. Karam Gill will direct the show, which will air as four short episodes on Migos’ YouTube channel this summer. It’s produced by Quality Films, Universal Music Group’s Mercury Studios, and Polygram Entertainment, MGX Creative, and Mass Appeal.YouTube also picked up a docuseries on pop star Alicia Keys, called Noted. This will see her invite fans to peer into her world as she celebrates the 20th anniversary of Songs in A Minor and begins to record her eighth studio album. LeBron James and Maverick Carter will also executive produce Recipe for Change, a program that will bring together Asian American celebrities, chefs, activists, and creators to celebrate API culture and discuss the recent acts of hate and violence against the API community.MORE: New Loki Special Look: Tom Hiddleston Is Burdened With Glorious PurposeFinally, Barbershop Medicine will air as a special that explores the impact race and socioeconomic status has on healthcare and longevity. The series will feature musical artist Masgeo, along with physicians Dr. Italo Brown and Dr. Jamie Rutland, with community members also taking part in coming together in a barbershop to discuss today’s most pressing health concerns.
YouTube has pulled 30,000 videos for sharing misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, Axios reports. Details on the takedowns come six months after the company first updated its policies to address misinformation about the coronavirus vaccines. Prior to October, YouTube had more general coronavirus misinformation policies, but those didn’t specifically address vaccines. The company has taken down more than 800,000 videos for spreading coronavirus misinformation since last February, according to Axios. But as vaccine availability has increased, the issue of vaccine misinformation has become more urgent for platforms. Facebook and Twitter have also expanded their policies to combat misinformation about the vaccines in recent months. But unlike Facebook, which announced plans to curb misinformation about all vaccines, YouTube’s policies only address a specific subset of claims about the COVID-19 vaccines that contradict official guidance from the World Health Organization and other authorities.
Google might be working on a new version of YouTube for Android that significantly improves the Chromecast experience, 9to5Google has reported. Currently, casting to a Chromecast-connected TV using the YouTube app is a minimalistic experience, with your TV showing only basic details like the channel name, view count, date and time. With the new pseudo-app, however, casting YouTube will reportedly be more akin to using Android TV. The new player appeared to some Android YouTube Reddit users, with a remote control appearing in the app. That launches a player on your Chromecast-powered TV that lets you change settings like resolution, captions and subtitles, and even use granular controls like "stats for nerds," according to 9to5Google. When a video concludes, instead of just seeing the usual "ready to watch" image, you'll see a home screen with "what to watch next" suggestions, much like Android TV. Reddit user garethonreddit captured a screen indicating that the app appears to be an HTML5-powered web experience. Another user noted that the new interface seems to come with more advertisements, however. If the new app rolls out widely, the richer on-screen YouTube experience would certainly give Chromecast owners more value for their money — though many wouldn't trade that for more ads. It would be nice to see similar improvements in other Chromecast-enabled apps that deliver a more Android TV-like experience, like you get from Google's latest Chromecast devices.
YouTube has taken down channels connected to five TV stations run by Myanmar's military (Tatmadaw) in the wake of further violence in the country. The service told the New York Times it removed the channels for breaking its community guidelines but it didn't explain the decision any further. Among the removed channels were ones for Myanmar Radio and Television and Myawaddy Media, which air news, sports and Tatmadaw propaganda. Dozens of peaceful protestors were killed this week during demonstrations against last month's coup. Protesters have organized rallies online and shared footage of violence carried out by the military and police. The Tatmadaw responded by blocking social media services and occasionally shutting down internet access entirely. YouTube removed dozens of other channels connected to the military following Myanmar's elections last year. It's not the only social media giant to take action to stem Tatmadaw's attempts to spread misinformation. Facebook and Instagram banned the military from those platforms last week, along with ads by Tatmadaw-owned businesses. Facebook blocked Mywaddy on February 2nd, the day after the coup.
Sponsored Links YouTube YouTube already has a few election protection measures in place, like removing videos that encourage election meddling and banning claims that could mislead voters. Today, YouTube announced that it’s paying special attention to mail-in voting content and stepping up its efforts to fight misinformation with “authoritative information.” Under videos that mention voting by mail, you’ll now see an information panel that directs you to authoritative info from the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank. YouTube is also adding more information panels, which will appear when you search for 2020 presidential or federal Congressional candidates, and it has created new panels on voter registration and how to vote. Those are available in English and Spanish. Other Big Tech and social media companies are also rolling out election initiatives. Facebook is running a national ad campaign to encourage voting and is pointing people towards its Voting Information Centers on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter is making its “biggest push ever” to encourage voter registration, and Snapchat has added voting resources to boost voter turnout. In this article: youtube, election, 2020 election, misinformation, vote by mail, mail-in voting, voting, authoritative information, Bipartisan Policy Center, news, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Comments 17 Shares Share Tweet Share