YouTube co-founder predicts the platform will “decline” following the removal of dislikes

In his statement today, Karim compares the video in which Matt Koval, YouTube’s “creator liason”, announced the removal of dislikes for the infamous footage of US soldier Jeremiah Denton, captured during the Vietnam War. In 1966, Denton was forced to give a televised interview by his captors, during which he blinked in Morse code to spell the word “torture”. The proportion of positives to negatives generally reflects the video quality – a 90% is a good sign. If it’s less than 60% then there is something seriously wrong with this video.

Put it out there plainly so everyone can read it and has to think about it. Since YouTube won’t, people in the know who aren’t happy have to. Sadly many of the good channels are not on those services. Most people will gravitate to the platform listed first in their search engine. Since Google controls the search engine results, YouTube wins.

I’d rather we not lose YouTube, it will be a shame to lose 1.6 decades of videos on every subject imaginable. Often times I still find pleasant surprises, disturbing animations, windows to the past. They don’t care why you watch a video, only that you watch it.

YouTube’s changes to the “dislike” count are being introduced at a time when there’s been a public reckoning over big tech and its impact on mental health, particularly when it comes to minors. Companies have been rethinking how their systems are designed to target and influence their user base, as well as what sort of changes they can make ahead of coming regulations. In a number of markets, lawmakers have been dragging in tech execs to hearings — YouTube included — and are crafting legislation aimed at reigning in some of tech’s more problematic elements. Mental health is only one area of regulatory interest, though, along with ad targeting, privacy,algorithmic boosting of misinformation and more. YouTube declined to share the specific details or the data collected through those experiments when TechCrunch asked, however. But it said it ran its tests for “multiple months” and conducted “in-depth analysis of the impact” as to how the changes affected both users and creators alike.

It is much better to make a clean decision to shut down in full view of of your employees with enough time and money left to help employees find new jobs and move on. Musk followed that tweet with another saying conservative media personality Jordan Peterson, right-wing satire site The Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin will have their banned accounts reinstated. Twitter bootedPeterson metro shuts down viral fashion house and The Babylon Beefrom the platform earlier in the year over anti-trans tweets while Griffin had her account suspended last week for changing it into a Musk parody account. The vice president for values and transparency for the European Commission called the suspensions “worrying.” An account that helped Twitter users sign up at rival social network Mastodon was also suspended on Dec. 15.

Twitter has not responded to multiple requests for comment. Musk appeared to end the day poking fun at his earlier warning that Twitter may go bankrupt. The senators point out that these actions could place the company in violation of the FTC’s consent decree to protect this data as part of a settlement with the commission in 2011. Others reportedly managed the company’s relationship with European regulators. Considering how stitched Elon is between Twitter, SpaceX and Tesla, getting into the phone business might not be the best idea.

Twitter also reportedly plans to charge $20 per month for its Twitter Blue subscription service, and verified users would lose their blue check mark if they don’t do so in 90 days, The Verge reported, citing anonymous sources. Platformer’s Casey Newton reported that Twitter is thinking about charging $5 a month to verified users if they want to keep their blue check marks. Linking these overlapping accounts was a crucial first step toward monetizing WhatsApp.

They were apparently told their “recent behavior has violated company policy.” It’s unclear how many people were affected. CNN reporter Oliver Darcy tweeted that the White House is asking Twitter to explain how it’s safeguarding “the safety of Americans’ online data.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Must tweeted a collection of slides late Saturday, the first of which noted “we’re recruiting” — after weeks of layoffs, resignations and other defections at the company.

Advocacy groups have raised concerns that Musk’s control over Twitter would allow more hate speech and misinformation to surface on the platform. Musk has vowed publicly he doesn’t want Twitter to become a “free-for-all hellscape” but has also said that he’s “against censorship that goes far beyond the law.” Musk also tweeted and then deleted a link to an article with a baseless conspiracy theory about last week’s attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco. The article came from a website called the Santa Monica Observer. Fact-checking website Media Bias/Fact Check noted the outlet publishes right-wing misinformation. “If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if Trump is coming back on this platform, Twitter would be minting money!” Musk tweeted.

After the iPod became a huge success, Jobs spent little time relishing it. One possibility was that mobile phone makers would start adding music players to their handsets. “If we don’t cannibalize ourselves, someone else will,” he said. But instead of merely catching up by upgrading the iMac’s CD drive, he decided to create an integrated system that would transform the music industry. The result was the combination of iTunes, the iTunes Store, and the iPod, which allowed users to buy, share, manage, store, and play music better than they could with any other devices. Twitter is trying to combat anonymous accounts that started to tweet racist slurs hours after Musk took over Twitter.