San Francisco, Mar 1 (AP/UNB) — YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids — potentially affecting millions of posts on the site — after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children.
The change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform as concerns about hate speech, violence and conspiracy theories continue to plague it.
It will take YouTube several months to disable comments on all videos featuring minors, the company said. It already started the process last week when it turned off comments from tens of millions of videos.
Advertisers including Nestle, AT&T and Fortnite-maker Epic Games pulled ads from YouTube last week after the inappropriate comments about children were unearthed by a popular YouTuber and media reports. At least one company, Nestle, was satisfied with YouTube's response and reinstated ads late last week.
A small number of channels which have videos featuring kids will be allowed to keep comments turned on. But they must be known to YouTube and must actively monitor the comments beyond the standard monitoring tools YouTube provides.
Turning off comments on such a large number of videos seems an "extreme reaction," said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna. But the issue involves the safety of children, so it makes sense YouTube would want to act quickly, he said.
Comments aren't the main focus of the video-publishing site, but turning them off will likely diminish the experience for many users and video creators, he said.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki acknowledged the concerns Thursday, tweeting, "Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safety of young people on the platform."
The company said it has also released an updated version of its automated moderating system that it expects will identify and delete two times as many inappropriate comments.
YouTube, like Facebook, Twitter and other sites that allow user publishing, have faced increasing calls to monitor what appears on their sites and get rid of unsuitable content. The companies all say they have taken action to protect users. But issues keep popping up.
Concerns about YouTube comments weren't even a top priority for advertisers and viewers a couple weeks ago, Verna said.
"It just makes you wonder, what's the next thing that going to happen?"
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Bangladesh has received full support from the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) about following national standard of Bangla language in Unicode.
Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar made the remarks after a meeting with ICANN at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday.
During the meeting, the ministers highlighted in details all the existing problems involving writing Bangla in Unicode and sought their cooperation for solving the issues.
ICANN authorities assured that they would take necessary steps to remove some other existing problems in adjoining letters in writing Bangla as well as ‘.Bangla’ domain names.
ICANN President and CEO Goran Marby, Chief Technical Officer David Conard and other higher officials of the organisation were present while Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Md Jahurul Haque and telecom specialist TIM Nurul Kabir attended the meeting.
Minister Jabbar said ICANN authorities “gave us full support”.
ICANN’s CEO said they will place Bangla letters before the Unicode Consortium for their support. “ICANN’s support means the existing problem will be solved,” Jabbar said.
He said the issues were not addressed as there was no Bangladesh representative in the ICANN in the last 23 years.
Unicode Consortium started its journey in 1987 and Bangladesh joined it in 2010.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB)- Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Wednesday applauded the role of Huawei in network infrastructure in the country.
The minister came up with the remarks after visiting the Mobile World Congress
(MWC) at Barcelona of Spain.
He visited the Huawei stall along with James Wu, the president of Huawei Southeast Asia and the CEO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited, Zhang Zhengjun.
During his visit, Mustafa Jabbar said “I have visited Huawei’s stall. They have lots of advanced technologies and in MWC this company has already come up with lots of their advanced solutions. It is inspiring and it is good that Huawei plays an important part of the total networking infrastructure of Bangladesh also.”
James Wu, the president of Huawei Southeast Asia said, “At Huawei, we believe in innovation which mainly focuses on customer needs. For customer’s satisfaction and to make their life more digital, we are always working to provide powerful technology and innovative computing experience, telecom networks, IT solutions, smart devices, and cloud services.”
“With uninterrupted network, powerful devices and seamless cloud computing experience, we wish to build the future of Bangladesh”, he said.
MWC 2019 started on February 25 and will conclude February 28 in Barcelona of Spain. Huawei showcases its products and solutions at booth 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3I30 in Hall 3, the Innovation City zone in Hall 4, booth 7C21 and 7C31 in Hall 7.
By now, Huawei has come up with their several new technologies such as an innovative rural network solution, RuralStar Lite.
This solution is specialized to cost-efficiently bring voice and mobile broadband (MBB) services to rural villages. Huawei has also released its next-generation data center-level converged distributed storage — FusionStorage 8.0.
Huawei Enterprise demonstrates leading solutions and four flagship products for the enterprise market in three exhibition areas: Digital Platform, Ubiquitous Connectivity, and Pervasive Intelligence.
Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB)- Walton a local electronics giant initiated a project of manufacturing Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology based commercial air conditioners in the country.
According to Walton authorities, process of the country’s first-ever VRF AC manufacturing plant is going on in full-swing at Walton Hi-Tech Industries Limited (WHIL) in Chandra of Gazipur.
The local brand expanded its existing AC production lines at WHIL by installing advanced tools and machineries. Walton has already commenced the trial production of huge power-efficient VRF AC. The commercial production will be started very soon.
Locally made single module VRF AC were showcased as this year’s upcoming product at Walton pavilion in this year’s Dhaka International Trade Fair.
Engineers of Walton AC Department said VRF technology is the latest air conditioning system of the 4th generation. This refrigerant is conditioned by a single outdoor condensing unit and is circulated within the building to multiple indoor units. This system can heat and cool different zones or rooms within a building at the same time. Installation of a VRF system is easier and requires lesser space. The comfort cooling and dual sensing system in Walton VRF ACs will deliver cool or heat air flow as per the needs.
Engineer Ishaque Rony, chief operating officer of Walton AC, said that the annual sales volume of VRF AC in the country market is more than Tk 100 crores.
With the aim of reducing the present import-dependency, Walton initiated manufacturing world-class VRF AC in Bangladesh, he said adding, they will manufacture single modular VRF AC of 17 to 25 ton capacity.
Rony informed that globally recognized environment-friendly R410a refrigerant will be used in the compressors of their VRF ACs. In addition, the power consumption would be saved up to 40 percent.
The automatic start-up system in Walton VRF ACs is resulted in delivering air flow of the previous settings after the power cut and on.
Germany, Feb 25(AP/UNB) — Germany prosecutors have fined automaker BMW 8.5 million euros ($9.66 million) for lax oversight in installing defective engine software that led to excessive diesel emissions in 7,965 cars.
The prosecutors said Monday they found no evidence that the Munich-based carmaker committed fraud but faulted the company for what it called insufficient quality control.
BMW said it "has consistently emphasized that the installation of the incorrect software module was a frustrating and highly regrettable error." Therefore the company "accepts the penalty and will not appeal."
The fine is small compared to the 27.4 billion euros in fines and settlements paid in the U.S. and elsewhere by Volkswagen, which admitted intentionally manipulating engine software so diesel cars could pass emissions tests.