YouTube is facing employee calls to remove a rap song that allegedly encourages violence against Asians, according to a report from Bloomberg . Rapper YG’s “Meet the Flockers” is a detailed description of a burglary — a relatively common trope in rap music — but it opens with a specific reference to Chinese communities: “find a Chinese neighborhood, cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.” In light of the recent rise in street violence against Asians , a group of YouTube employees argued that message was straightforwardly dangerous, ultimately asking the Trust & Safety team to remove the video. But YouTube ultimately declined to remove the song, citing the platform’s exception for “educational, documentary, scientific, and artistic” (or EDSA) content. “While EDSA is not a free pass for any content, there are likely thousands of music videos that would otherwise violate policies... were it not for these sorts of EDSA exceptions,” executives wrote in an open letter … [Read more...] about YouTube denies employee request to remove rap song with anti-Chinese lyrics
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As part of its Today’s deals offer, Amazon has listed Echo Show smart displays with discount. The e-tailer is giving up to 44% off on Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 . Readers must note that the offer will be valid till 11:59pm midnight. Amazon Echo Show 5 is up for purchase at $49.99. It is available with a flat discount of $40 on the original price. This Alexa-enabled smart device has a 5.5-inch screen and can be used to showcase photos, watch videos and more. Similarly, the Amazon Echo Show 8 is selling with a discount of 42%. The device has an 8-inch HD screen. It is currently up for grabs at $74.99 on Amazon. Echo Show devices allow one to control other smart home devices like smart bulbs and smart speakers. The smart displays come with multiple layers of privacy controls including a mic/camera off button and a built-in camera shutter. The displays can also be used to make video calls, show security cameras, adjust thermostats and more. It can … [Read more...] about Today’s deals on Amazon: Get up to 44% off on Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8
Chances are the average Internet-goer hadn't heard of Arlen's Transmission in Burbank, Calif., before before this week. Now the local auto-repair shop is the talk of the web — or at least some of its more offbeat corners. SEE ALSO: Time For This? Sweet Brown Stars in Local Commercial Why? The music video ad you see above. Between the catchy beat, dancing women and suggestive lyrics, it's easy to see why the spot is getting shared far and wide on blogs and social media. Will all that attention actually get Arlen's Transmission more customers? Who knows, but either way it's some pretty good Internet. Homepage image courtesy RhettandLink via YouTube … [Read more...] about Is This Local Auto Ad the Best — or Weirdest — of All Time?
Jessica Alba is a mom, an investor, actress and yes, a Windows Phone 8 user. Alba joins singer Gwen Stefani in a celeb-laden pitch for Windows Phone 8. The ads present the celebs as busy multitaskers who use the devices to organize their lives. Alba, for instance, uses her phone to get recipes for breakfast and schedule events for her daughters. Stefani uses Office on hers to keep track of new lyrics and to Skype her family from the road. The ads, breaking Wednesday night to support the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920 , will be followed by others featuring Andy Samberg and Cam Newton. Microsoft isn't the only mobile player to tap celebs to promote its devices. Samsung has employed LeBron James and James Franco to pitch the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy 10.1, respectively, in very similar day-in-the-life ads. Perhaps its working. Samsung's smarthphones are far outselling Apple's iPhones these days even though Apple has itself used Martin Scorcese, John Malkovich and Zooey … [Read more...] about Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani Pitch Windows Phone 8 [VIDEOS]
Star of Hunt for the Wilderpeople and all-around Kiwi legend, Julian Dennison, stars alongside Irish singer Ronan Keating for a Christmas carol with a difference this year. Air New Zealand's latest funny video sees Dennison play the role of music producer, ordering Keating to change the words to "Winter Wonderland" — making them more relevant Down Under. Whether it's your bro glistening (with sweat, because it's hot), or avoiding prickles from your nan (if you know, you know), the Christmas carol's lyrical redux is a vast improvement from the original TBH. Turns out Dennison is just as funny and sweet as his Wilderpeople character in real life , if not more so. Speaking of: The Taika Waititi-directed film is available on Netflix, so get amongst it bro! You won't regret it. John Oliver breaks down the big, terrible lie at the heart of plastic recycling Sandra Oh at Pittsburgh protest against Asian hate: 'I belong here' All the changes … [Read more...] about ‘Bro is glistening’: Christmas carol gets Kiwi makeover in hilarious vid