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YouTube Brings Back NextUp for Content Creators

YouTube NextUp for Gamers will support Gaming journeys on YouTube for the very first time in India

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To support upcoming content creators on its platform, Google-owned messaging app YouTube on Tuesday opened entries for NextUp 2019 with three new editions — NextUp for Artists, Women To Watch and Gamers.

YouTube’s NextUp, which was launched in India last year, provides creators with an opportunity to be mentored by production and channel development experts in new production techniques to further enhance their content.

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

“It’s our mission to help creators be discovered, build a business and succeed on our platform. We are excited to bring three new special editions of NextUp, and can’t wait to see the fantastic entries this year,” said Marc Lefkowitz, Head of YouTube creator and artist development, APAC.

While NextUp for Artists will feature music videos by creators, NextUp Women To Watch is a first-ever initiative that aims to empower women content creators and their audiences.

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YouTube NextUp for Gamers will support Gaming journeys on YouTube for the very first time in India. (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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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)