Why YouTube’s War on Cannabis Should Concern Content Creators of All Kinds

In my industry, YouTube is often referred to as “the world’s second-biggest search engine.” YouTube obviously isn’t a search platform akin to Google, but it does draw more search inquiries than Google’s biggest rival, Bing.

In any case, YouTube has become the primary search destination for millions of queries a day, especially for reviews and how-tos. That’s why YouTube’s penchant for censorship should be something that concerns users and content creators alike.

YouTube has always had more stringent content guidelines than Google, and it has the right to do so, given that it hosts the content its algorithm indexes. But the company’s poor decisions on what to censor is an ongoing problem.

Last year, YouTube came under fire for age-gating queer content. Now, YouTube is has embarked on another bizarre censorship tear by removing hundreds of accounts that touch on the topic of cannabis.

It’s not just pot-smoking videos that are coming down. It’s also terminating accounts behind videos that explore cannabis culture and reviews of paraphernalia like vapes and cannabis bong pieces.

The purge began last spring and continued until recently, when YouTube suddenly had a change of heart. Some of the deleted accounts have since been restored to their former glory.

But why did YouTube go after cannabis in the first place?

It turns out that YouTube’s content guidelines include videos that “encourage dangerous or illegal activities” such as “bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result.” Consumption is still illegal in many countries. But the purge didn’t only affect content creators in in those regions.

Further confusing the issue is the fact that YouTube seemingly had no qualms about hosting (and collecting ad revenue thanks to) cannabis-related content until very recently. Various channels had grown to accumulate thousands of subscribers (the Canadian channel UrbanRemo had 190,000, and Leafly’s following was 176,000 strong).

A year ago, no one cared if you posted a review of your newest silicone bong mouthpieces for cannabis; now, you’d better pretend the thing is a chew toy if you want your channel to stay up.

The lesson to content creators? YouTube enforces its rules selectively, and you can lose your channel without warning if you dabble in a subculture with a bad rap. That should be scary to anyone who relies on the service as a revenue stream or a platform for advocacy.

Microsoft Windows 10 Beta: What We Need To Know About It’s New Features?

Microsoft recently pulled the best features for Windows 10 during the beta testing. It was introduced by the Redmond-based tech giant last year. The Sets is the most vastly awaited by the fans of The Microsoft recently pulled the best features for Windows 10 during the beta testing. It was introduced by the Redmond-based tech giant last year. The Sets is the most vastly awaited by the fans of Windows 10 to have. Sets seem to be an ordinary tool but it’s not and the complex process for the OS to make it real.

The Windows 10 upcoming feature offers a similar experience the users would see in an internet browser. It can open multiple tabs at the same time. However, it does not have to belong to the similar application. Users now could open many applications in different tabs in a single window. For example, in one window you could have tabs for different web pages that you’re visiting – but each one can run in the different browser. Similarly, the Office documents and practically the whole thing else that runs on Windows 10 can be opened in corresponding tabs.

In addition, they put a time-saving feature to make the users’ workflow abridge and make Windows 10 a much quicker and intuitive experience. It is being said that the Sets would make an appearance in the next update of Windows 10 which is coming later this year. Windows 10 makers are planning to improve Sets furthermore before it’s launch.

As a result, Sets has been pulled from the latest Windows 10 test build (17704) which was out earlier this week. The sources said that Microsoft will start testing its next Windows 10 update in the next few months. The software giant had never assured that Sets would be ready for its next major Windows 10 update. But the news will still result as a blow to fans of Windows hoping they would be able to experience the update as soon as possible.

The latest preview build of Windows 10, comes with beefed up security features that keep-out dangerous malware. The 17704 update deploys a host of a new function that could come in a soon-to-be-released patch. Dubbed “block suspicious behaviors”, the new setting in the virus and threat protection tab involves new technology intended to stop ransomware and malware threats. The new feature monitors applications and will recognize when something out of the ordinary is being done that could harm your rig (e.g. PC or laptop).

The latest preview build has heightened security features that brings changes to Skype for Windows 10. Users can now take screenshots during calls and have the freedom to choose who appears in the main call area when on group or conference video call. Also, users can choose a theme and color for their Skype. They can apply the feature in application settings.