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Weekly Update - August 29, 2020: YouTube, Meet & Duo, Chrome

This week there are updates to the YouTube video editor, the new Blogger interface, and Chrome tab management. Soon you can view Meet and Duo video calls on your TV. Plus there are updates on Facebook, Messenger, Medium and more. YouTube YouTube wants you to help them improve! Apply to participate in user experience studies , and learn more on Creator Insider . YouTube released statistics on how their coronavirus-induced shift to more automated policy enforcement has affected video takedowns. The number of videos taken down for Community Guidelines violations doubled, as compared to the first quarter of the year. But successful appeals also increased, from 25% to 50% of appealed videos being restored. Only 3% of video removals are actually appealed, which suggests to me the vast majority is spam and other content where the uploader knows violated the rules. YouTube is improving the blur tool in the built-in video editor . The blur tool lets you easily blur out faces, license plates, l

YouTube policy enforcement in the time of COVID-19: more removals, more successful appeals

Back in March, YouTube announced they were temporarily increasing automated content review due to COVID-19-related reduction to in-office staff. Today YouTube released a transparency report that shows this doubled the number of videos removed for Community Guidelines violations. But more videos were also restored on appeal. Usually videos flagged by YouTube's automated systems go through a human review to confirm that the flagged content violates YouTube policies. With coronavirus-caused limitations to their workforce, YouTube's reviewing team was limited. That meant they had to choose: either limit enforcement to what the reduced review capacity could handle, or rely more on automated systems, which were more likely to incorrectly remove content.   YouTube explained their choice :  Because responsibility is our top priority, we chose the latter—using technology to help with some of the work normally done by reviewers.  In most cases, those automated video removals did not re

New AdSense Reports will not include older stats and YouTube data

AdSense is launching a new and improved reporting page. There is not only a new design. The new Reports will only show data for the past three years, and will show any data from YouTube or AdMob.  You can download your data through the end of 2020 from the new Reports page, and through the end of September on the old Reports page. Here's what's changing in AdSense Reports:  You will only be able to run reports on data from the last 3 years in your AdSense account. That includes data from AdSense for Content, AdSense for Search and other products. There is no data from YouTube and AdMob in AdSense Reports. You will still see finalized earnings on your AdSense account's Payments page. These changes only apply to performance data. Billing and payments data reporting on the Payments page of your AdSense account will not change.  Learn more in the AdSense help center :  Changes to reporting data in AdSense reports Find your way around the new AdSense Reports Migrate your old rep

Weekly Update - August 22, 2020: AdSense, YouTube, Meet

It has been a heck of a week here in Northern California. In the midst of a historic heatwave, there was a spectacular lighting storm that set hundreds of fires, many of which have been burning out of control for almost a week. Conveniently, Google has started showing almost real-time fire perimeters on Maps, which is useful information. I’m hoping the weather will become less interesting soon.  This week there are changes for AdSense payments, YouTube Partners, updates to Blogger’s post editor, Google Meet can be cast to your TV and Zoom is popping up on all sorts of smart displays. YouTube comes out strongly against Australia’s proposed News Media Bargaining Code. Plus there are updates for webmasters, map lovers and more. AdSense & Monetization Last week AdSense announced that Western Union is no longer available to select as a form of payment . This affects both AdSense Publishers and YouTube Partners. YouTube has asked Partners who would be negatively affected by the chang

Weekly Update - August 15, 2020: Profiles, Meet, AdSense

This week’s updates include new Google Search Profile Cards, updates to Google Meet for education, and changes to AdSense payment options.Plus there are updates for video creators, bloggers, business owners and more. Stay cool everyone! Show who you are  Google has introduced People Cards in the Google Search results . The idea is that someone searching for your name will see a “virtual visiting card” with information about you, including your Google profile photo, links to your website and social media profiles, and contact information. Google search will show multiple Cards in the results if there are multiple people with the same name. Currently this is only available to users in India with their language set to English. Learn more . Instagram will start “ asking people to confirm who’s behind an account when [they] see a pattern of potential inauthentic behavior”. They s

Weekly Update - August 8, 2020: YouTube Music, Blogger, Docs

This week there was both bad news and good news. Google announced the timeline to shut down Google Play Music. I’m sad about it, but I’ve transferred my music to YouTube Music, and I’m going to give that a try. Also YouTube subscription email notifications will be going away.  On the plus side, the new Blogger interface is being frequently updated, YouTube Live Control Room has new features, and the Google Docs, Sheets & Slides mobile apps have some nice improvements. Plus there are updates for video creators, webmasters, presenters and more. Google Play Music Google Play Music will be gone by the end of the year. Starting in October, you will no longer be able to stream from the Google Play Music app.You have until December 2020 to transfer your Google Play Music library of uploads and purchases, playlists, and likes to YouTube Music using the transfer tool . Uploaded music can be

Weekly Update - August 1, 2020: Cameos, Maps, YouTube

Summer is in full swing, and there are a bunch of new features and ubugpdates for creators. This week there are opportunities to share your expertise in Google Search Cameos and Maps, new features in Meet and Chat, and free PDF productivity tools from Adobe. There's a new management permission for YouTube channels and YouTube's community contributions are going away in September. Plus there's more for webmasters, publishers, and music lovers. Share your Expertise If you blog about Food & Drink, Beauty, Fitness, Home & Garden or Video Games, there is a new opportunity for you: Google Cameos . Cameos are short videos that answer frequently asked questions. They appear on knowledge cards and in Google Search.This looks like a way to build your personal brand while helping others with your knowledge. Currently this is only an option for US bloggers. (Not sure what this is? Search for quesadillas , then look for the “top questions answered” section.) Google Maps is e