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Fourth Edition of YouTube FanFest to be held in India in March

The festival brings together established and emerging YouTube stars from India and around the world with fans. The fest is coming back to India for the fourth time in a row

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Mumbai, Feb 23, 2017: Singers Vidya Vox and Shirley Setia, Canadian musician Mike Tompkins and comedian Sahil Khattar will be part of the forthcoming fourth edition of YouTube FanFest.

The festival brings together established and emerging YouTube stars from India and around the world with fans. The fest is coming back to India for the fourth time in a row.

It will be held on March 24 at JioGarden, Bandra Kurla Complex here, read a statement.

Co-produced with Branded, this year’s YouTube FanFest line up also includes Caspar Lee, Kurt Hugo Schneider, Tanner Patrick, Sam Tsui, Kenny Sebastian, Siddharth Slathia and Zakir Khan.

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“We’re delighted to announce the line up of the incredibly talented YouTube creators who will be joining us for the fourth YouTube FanFest in Mumbai,” said David Powell, Director of Online Partner Development, YouTube Asia Pacific. (IANS)

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YouTube CEO Apologises to LGBTQ Community

The platform is looking to re-evaluate its harassment policies in the wake of the ongoing situation

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

After the LGBTQ community called out to YouTube for not considering homophobic remarks as violation of its platform’s policies, company CEO Susan Wojcicki apologised to the community.

“I know that the decisions we made were very hurtful to the LGBTQ community and that wasn’t our intention at all. That was not our intention, and we are really sorry about that,” The Verge quoted Wojcicki as saying at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday.

Wojcicki’s apology comes in the wake of the company’s failure to take more definitive action against conservative pundit Steven Crowder who made homophobic and racist comments about Vox publications writer Carlos Maza, calling him “lispy queer” and “gay Mexican”.

The decision led to mass outcry from YouTube creators, critics and even Google employees who signed a petition against YouTube’s decision.

Apologising and defending the decision, the YouTube CEO said: “I’m really, personally very sorry. As a company we really want to support this community. It’s just from a policy standpoint we need to be consistent – if we took down that content, there would be so much other content that we need to take down.”

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Pride Month kicked off on June 1 and honours the LGBTQ community while commemorating New York’s Stonewall riots in June 1969. Pixabay

Even though YouTube left Crowder’s channel up, it did remove advertisements from his channel, the report added.

This is not the first time that Google has been pulled up for its anti-LGBTQ community stand.

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In March, US-based LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group — Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation — suspended Google from its 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for failing to remove a “conversation therapy” app from its PlayStore.

The platform is looking to re-evaluate its harassment policies in the wake of the ongoing situation. (IANS)