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Weekly Update - July 3, 2021: YouTube, Zoom, Google Workspace

I hope you are all staying cool! Even tech companies go on holiday in the summer, so there aren’t many updates this week.

Top news

  • YouTube has expanded their policy prohibiting animal abuse. In particular they now explicitly forbid staged animal rescue videos that put the animals in harm’s way. There are exceptions for “standard” or “traditional” practices around food preparation and hunting, as well as for educational or fictional content.
  • Meet group video calls hosted by personal Google accounts may now be cut off at 60 minutes. Users in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Japan and Australia can pay for Google Workspace Individual, which offers advanced Google Meet and Calendar features. You can sign up for a free trial, with your current Gmail address and Google account. Note that personal accounts can still make 1:1 calls up to 24 hours long.
  • Zoom has launched a new Progressive Web App (PWA) for Chromebooks. This offers features not available on the web, including customizable Gallery View, self-select Breakout Rooms, live transcription, live translation (with assigned interpreters), background masking for privacy, hand raising and meeting reactions. The background masking crops your video feed to an adjustable circle, square or heart, then replaces the rest of your background with a pre-selected image.
Read on for more updates for online meetings, YouTube creators and more.

You Tube

  • There is a new explainer for YouTube’s advertiser-friendly content guidelines with the focus on recreational drug and tobacco content.
  • YouTube is launching a creator mention card. If another channel is mentioned in the video description the new card (on mobile) will let people view that channel information without clicking away from your video.




Social Media

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Image: July 4 is US independence day. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” I like to think we are working towards this goal, even though the US has often been far from this in practice. Photo by ViTalko from Pexels.