American YouTube celebrity Desmond Amofah, better known as "Etika," has been found dead in New York nearly a week after he disappeared, police said on Tuesday. The 29-year-old became known on the video site for playing and criticizing Nintendo games. The day before he went missing, he had unsettled his fans by posting an eight-minute video voicing suicidal thoughts. New York police said that he disappeared after having a telephone conversation at 8:00 pm on June 19. Police had launched a public appeal on social media with his photo in an effort to locate Amofah, a resident of New York's Brooklyn borough. They said that on Monday evening officers were called to the South Street Seaport area in south Manhattan for a person floating in the water. After recovering the body, which was pronounced dead at the scene, they began an investigation and later identified the victim as Amofah. He had posted his videos on YouTube and other platforms including Twitch since 2012 and had hundreds of … [Read more...] about US celebrity YouTuber Etika found dead: Police
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German supermarket chain Edeka faced a wave of social media indignation Wednesday over a Mother's Day online video clip ridiculing fathers' parenting skills, with both men and women calling the film "sexist". On Twitter #EdekaBoycott became the top trending topic in Germany amid anger over the clip, which showed fathers failing badly in a range of parenting tasks. The company told news agency DPA that "we didn't want to portray fathers badly but, in a somewhat exaggerated and humorous way, say thank you to all mothers on Mother's Day". One sequence shows a dad trying to comb his daughter's knotted hair as she grimaces in pain, another shows a clumsy man splattered by an open-topped kitchen blender. The short black-and-white film ends with the message "Thank you, mama, for not being papa". Since it was posted on YouTube on Sunday, the ad has exceeded a million views, with thumbs-down "dislikes" fastly outnumbering likes. "This advertisement is sickeningly sexist and hateful," charged … [Read more...] about German supermarket chain under fire for ‘sexist’ video
LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed charges against the alleged administrator of a website where the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos – which implicated President Duterte’s relatives in the illegal drug trade – were first shared, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said yesterday. The NBI’s Cybercrime Division (CCD) filed charges of inciting to sedition in relation to Section 6 of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, against Rodel Jayme, creator of metrobalita.net where the YouTube link of “Ang Totoong Narcolist” was reportedly first posted. metrobalita.net was found yesterday filled with Japanese characters. In his Twitter account, Jayme is described as a blogger, gamer, licensed amateur radio operator. NBI agents arrested Jayme at his residence in Parañaque City last April 30. “Jayme was arrested by the NBI-CCD who would present him for inquest at the … [Read more...] about NBI files raps vs man who shared ‘Bikoy’ videos
Alphabet Inc's Google on Monday saw its slowest revenue growth in three years from increased competition in advertising, stumbles in its smartphone business and disruptive changes at YouTube that left the leading internet ad company lagging rivals. Shares of Alphabet dropped 7.5 percent after hours, setting them up for the biggest one-day drop since falling 8 percent in October 2012. They had closed Monday at a record-high of $1,296.20. Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat attributed slower revenue growth to currency fluctuations, competition and unspecified product changes. The company is facing continued pressure from advertisers to tighten controls on its fast-growing YouTube video service so that they not appear to be sponsoring adult or offensive content. Google also is struggling to find the right mix of ad formats to use on mobile devices, voice assistant-enabled home speakers and in emerging markets. Eight of the 11 analysts who questioned executives on a call on Monday … [Read more...] about Google parent’s shares dive as YouTube changes, competition hurt revenue