The latest news about YouTube is that the federal government is investigating the streaming video portal for violation of provisions of the Child Online Privacy Act. The problems are in the recommendation engine, which veers to strange videos, even in the YouTube Kids channel. Numerous complaints to the Federal Trade Commission questions if YouTube is collecting data on kids under 13.
Google is out on the Eastern Seaboard and the West Coast. NEST, Gmail and YouTube users are reporting that their devices are knocked out as well. Leo wonders what life would be like if Google didn't come back for a month or more.
Mike watches YouTube off his laptop and he keeps getting popups requiring him to log into his Google account to watch videos. What gives? Leo says that Google is starting to get restrictive on some content, and it may be that you have to log into YouTube in order to view sensitive or explicit videos. That doesn't mean anything other than topics that aren't advertiser-friendly. Leo also says it enables Google to collect data on you, so they can monetize it. Get ready, that's the future.
Ron is having issues with YouTube when he's using uBlock Origin ad blocker. Leo says that uBlock is the best AdBlocker out there, but it's possible that it may be set to block youtube. Look in the settings, it's highly configurable, so if you don't want to blanket unlock the entire site.
Trochelle wants to become a YouTuber. Can she make a living at it? What camera should she use? Leo says that 99% of people don't make a living at YouTube, and nobody really knows the formula in how to do it, other than content being king. You have to find a niche and offer consistent and high-quality content. But will it be enough to pay the bills? Well, that's the question. Pick something you're nutty passionate about and do that. The camera for getting started is the MEVO.
Skip has been watching TWiT on YouTube live and sometimes it changes to a different show when watching live on Roku. Leo says that there's something about YouTube live that switches after 15 minutes. And not all live channels do it. Look for settings in YouTube to see if autoplay is turned on. Then turn it off.
Advertisers are abandoning YouTube after comments by pedophiles have been found on certain channels and video content. The content itself isn't questionable, per se, but bad guys are putting disgusting comments into videos featuring kids, and that is causing advertisers to pull out. YouTube has responded by taking down 400 channels and deleting millions of comments. Leo says that the YouTube comments feature has been horribly broken for years.
George is having issues watching TWiT podcasts with the Roku YouTube app. After about 10 minutes, it switches to another podcast. What gives? Leo says that a number of people have complained about that happening on YouTube, but it's not everyone. It may be an autoplay issue. Try turning that off. But something may have changed with YouTube that's causing it. Leo says try another app like TWiTCH or Mixer. See if it repeats. Also, try looking at another YouTube Live channel. If it does, it could be a stream configuration issue that TWiT needs to fix.
Steven has always wanted to attend CES and wants to know if he could get in if he started a blog. Leo says that CES does allow "qualified press" into the conference, and attendees have to prove it. Here's CES official media requirements - https://www.ces.tech/Logistics/Registration-Information.aspx
Fiona bought a computer and wants to watch Youtube on her TV. Can she connect it? Leo says the first thing she'll need is internet. Fiona has tried to get internet but she's on a limited budget and AT&T doesn't want to give her the senior rate. Leo says that chances are, the rate for seniors won't really give her enough bandwidth to stream HD video. DSLExtreme would be a good option. Leo says that the problem is with AT&T.