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YouTube Promises to Stop Promoting Misleading Videos

Believe it or not, there are people out there who believe that the Earth is flat even though it has been proven that the Earth is a sphere. But now, if you make a video on YouTube saying that the Earth is flat, your video won’t be recommended.

For years now, videos about Flat Earth theory, as well as videos about 9/11 and Sandy Hook being inside jobs, have popped up in people’s recommendations.

While this change will affect less than 1% of YouTube’s videos, that 1% is over a million videos on the platform.

Lawmakers have been increasingly worried about the spread of false propaganda that can be harmful to those who have lost loved ones in tragedies like 9/11.

You may be asking how can YouTube and its parent company, Google, do this in the United States? Well, it comes down to Google being a private company.

The 1st Amendment of the US Constitution grants us the right to freedom of speech so why are some people like Alex Jones getting censored?

It comes down to Google being a private company, which means they are allowed to control what content is released on their sites. Which means that you will have to dig deep if you want to hear about the Flat Earth theory or the US Government is Killing People for Fun theory.

While YouTube has done the steps to remove these videos from the suggestion lists, they are not removing the videos from the platform.

Twitter and Facebook are currently trying to phase out the videos from their suggestion lists on their sites as well.

 

Blurred Lines scandal

Many songs sound the same, it’s unavoidable. Not every single artist can be 100% original and neither can their work. Years ago, teen pop duo, Aly and AJ, received criticism when they released their hit song “No One” because the chorus sounded a little too close to Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You”. Another case occurred just over the summer, Sam Smith was forced to pay a good amount of money to Tom Petty because Petty thought Smith’s hit, “Stay With Me” was sounded vaguely like his song, “Won’t Back Down”. Now the late Marvin Gaye’s family is suing Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for their 2013 Top 40’s chart topper, “Blurred Lines”.

 

 

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“Now the late Marvin Gaye’s family is suing Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams for their 2013 Top 40’s chart topper, “Blurred Lines”.

“Gaye’s children insist that their father’s 1970’s song, “Got To Give It Up” was the victim of plagiarism for Thicke and Williams’ modern day track. While Pharrell Williams, the writer of the single, admitted to being a fan of Gaye’s music, he denied having stolen lyrics and/or instrumental parts for “Blurred Lines”.

This statement was contradicted several times by Robin Thicke declaring in interviews that the pair had found inspiration in Gaye’s song. When asked about these comments in court, Thicke admitted to having been under the influence of drugs and alcohol during most, if not all, of those interviews two years ago.

The lawsuit began upon the song’s release in 2013 and has finally been resolved with a judge ordering Thicke and Williams to pay a whopping $7.3 million to Gaye’s children.

Fresh off their victory, the Gaye children are now looking into another one of Pharrell Williams’ popular songs, “Happy” which they claim sounds a little too much like another one of their father’s hits, “Ain’t That Peculiar”.

If Williams really is taking inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s old hits, he may want to slow his roll. Gaye’s children are out and looking for blood when it comes to protecting their father’s legacy. While they haven’t announced another lawsuit yet, Williams should hope that the Gaye family will be content with the $7.3 million they just won rather than trying to race back into court to drain Williams’ bank account even more.