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New Bengali Cartoon Channel Launched on YouTube

The Channel on YouTube would provide infotainment and also teach basic education to the kids, it said in a release

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A world of newly-created Bengali animated cartoon characters like Neel, Pari, Rex, Packi, Stegy, Tops and Tero under the title “Dhinchak Dino”, opened up for the kids with the launch of MOOPLE television channel here on Wednesday.

Actors Dev and Koel Mullick inaugurated the channel in the presence of children, marking the Children’s Day celebrations.

The Channel on YouTube would provide infotainment and also teach basic education to the kids, it said in a release.

MOOPLE TV is the umbrella brand of Hi-Tech Animation, a Kolkata-based animation firm. The Channel would flag off with a series of animated cartoons in Bengali to be followed by similar series in Hindi and other Indian regional languages.

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Hi-Tech Animation has plans to invest Rs 8 crore initially in the new venture for content creation in Bengali and other regional languages. The plan is to come up with a Bengali Satellite Cartoon Channel within two years, said its founder and Managing Director Subrata Roy.

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“We thought of starting in YouTube because it is a free channel and would be easily accessible to the children over mobile phones and other hand-held gadgets. Also, we thought of starting with Bengali animated cartoons because besides in Bangladesh and India, there is a huge Bengali diaspora across the world.

“We plan to come up with a Satellite Cartoon Channel within two years. Over the period of time we’ll come up with merchandising and licensing of our different cartoon characters,” said Roy. (IANS)

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YouTube Experimenting with Hiding Comments on Videos in India

For now, it remains unclear if YouTube would expand the experiment from Android to iOS or not

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In a bid to curb the spread of hateful and racist comments on its platform, Google-owned YouTube is experimenting with hiding comments on videos by default and the test has gone live in India.

The new feature, being experimented on Android for now, hides the comments that are displayed below the video unless a viewer taps the “Comments” button.

“We are testing a few different options on how to display comments on the watch page. This is one of many small experiments we run all the time on YouTube and we’ll consider rolling features out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments,” a YouTube spokesperson told IANS on Friday.

Even though the test feature is on by default currently, creators have the choice of turning the feature off which would traditionally display comments under their videos like the usual format.

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FILE – Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

For now, it remains unclear if YouTube would expand the experiment from Android to iOS or not.

For those who visit YouTube for videos and not to comment could easily keep themselves out of any hate, misinformation, toxicity or controversy that may have come up in the “Comments” section.

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In February, YouTube announced that it would no longer recommend videos that “come close” to violating its community guidelines, such as conspiracy or medically inaccurate videos like those claiming the earth is flat or making false claims about historic events.

In a similar attempt and to channelise user-focus on sharing and viewing better and sensible content on its platform, Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is also planning on hiding the ‘Like’ counts for posts on its app. (IANS)