YouTube rolls back its rules against election misinformation

YouTube was the slowest major platform to disallow misinformation during the 2020 U.S. election, and almost three years later, the company will toss that policy out altogether. The company announced F

YouTube Stories are shutting down June 26 as company focuses on Shorts

Stories are over — at least on YouTube, that is. The Google-owned video site announced today that YouTube Stories will be shutting down on June 26, 2023, as the company aims to focus on other ke

YouTube will no longer be deleting videos from inactive accounts

Google updated its policy on inactive accounts on Tuesday, declaring that any account that has not been active in two years will be deleted. The people of the internet quickly pushed back: What about

YouTube is bringing 30-second unskippable ads to TVs

YouTube is making its service more appealing to TV ad buyers with a new ad offering announced on Wednesday at its annual YouTube Brandcast upfront event in New York. The company said it will introduce

Google to delete accounts inactive for two years in security push

Google, which hosts billions of user accounts, said on Tuesday that it plans to delete accounts that have remained inactive for two years. The decision is part of the internet giant’s ongoing ef

Google is bringing YouTube to more cars, starting with Polestar

Google announced Wednesday at its I/O event that all cars with Google built-in will have YouTube available, starting with Polestar vehicles. The expansion of YouTube’s availability comes as mor

All the ways Google is driving deeper into the automotive world

Google introduced Wednesday at its Google I/O 2023 event a number of new features and services designed for cars, including video conferencing, gaming and YouTube, as the tech company continues its dr

This Week in Apps: Apple and Google team up on trackers, Google I/O preview, apps hit NewFronts

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app economy in 2023 hit a few snags, as c

YouTube gives advertisers new ad formats across Shorts

As part of this year’s YouTube NewFronts presentation, the company announced Monday that it’s rolling out new ad formats to its short-form feature Shorts. Of note, the company is expanding Shorts

YouTube Music officially rolls out podcasts for listeners in the US

YouTube Music is officially adding podcasts to its platform in the United States on Android, iOS and the web. The rollout comes a few months after YouTube podcasting head Kai Chuk revealed that podca

YouTube Music contractors win historic union vote

YouTube Music contractors have officially unionized with the Alphabet Workers Union-CWA after winning a historic vote through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Forty-one workers voted yes out

YouTube continues to see ad revenue decline, 2.6% drop YOY

Alphabet reported Tuesday its latest earnings, citing that YouTube saw ad revenue fall 2.6% year over year as advertisers pulled back from the platform due to economic uncertainty. YouTube only raked

YouTube updates its policies on eating disorder content, will ban videos showing ‘imitable behavior’

YouTube is updating its guidelines for dealing with eating disorder content on its platform, the Google-owned company announced on Tuesday. Although the platform has long removed content that glorifie

3 ways to step up your short-form video and TikTok growth strategy

The fact that influencers are shifting their strategies to shorter-form content is a clear signal for startups to follow suit.

US tech giants warn India’s fact-checking rule will ‘profoundly infringe’ on press freedom

The Asia Internet Coalition, an influential industry organization representing technology giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple and Amazon, has voiced concerns over a recent amendment to Ind

YouTube starts presales of NFL Sunday Ticket subscription

YouTube is starting presales of NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions starting today. The company is selling the add-on to subscribers of the YouTube TV Base plan at $249 for the season. The company is also

YouTube Premium adds more perks with SharePlay support, higher quality video and more

YouTube Premium, the $11.99 per month ad-free version of YouTube, is today introducing a number of new features aimed at attracting and retaining subscribers. Most notably, the subscription plan will

India to require Facebook and Twitter rely on gov’t fact checking

India amended its IT law on Thursday to prohibit Facebook, Twitter and other social media firms from publishing, hosting or sharing false or misleading information about “any business” of

YouTube will livestream all six Coachella stages across both weekends

YouTube announced today that for the first time it will be livestreaming all six stages during both weekends of Coachella. In the past, the Google-owned company only livestreamed three stages. The mus

YouTube’s new metric shows an artist’s reach across all formats, including Shorts

YouTube announced today that it is expanding its Analytics for Artists tool by adding YouTube Shorts-related data to the “Total Reach” metric, which gives artists and their teams an overvi
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