YouTube Anti-Spam Move Might Spur More Spam

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting YouTube’s decision to hide search tags – an effort to fight spam – is drawing passionate responses to the move. Some say it’s overdue, and others think it will cause more problems than it is intended to fix.The tags still exist as private information that can only be seen by the video poster.Yesterday, YouTube said via its Twitter and Google+ page that the tags had been manipulated for unfair advantage by some members.The spammers copied tags from trending videos and used them to trick people into clicking on their links, inflating their traffic and netting them ad revenue based on those clicks.“You may have noticed – we made tags private, so you can’t see them on the watch page anymore. Viewers weren’t using them, and some abused them. Please keep providing tags when you upload, though – they’re important tools to help promote and connect your videos!” the post read.Tag abuse became a hot issue this year when a group of young women known as the “reply girls” gamed YouTube’s related-video algorithm over eight months for personal profit through inflated ad views.Armed with push-up bras and search-engine prowess, the reply girls made $10,000 to $40,000 a month by enticing male viewers to click on their unrelated minute-long video replies focused on their breasts. Some of these young women made as many as 10 videos a day, one for each newly trending video beginning in July 2011.YouTube shut down the reply girls in early March, labeling their antics “spam,” by rewriting the related-videos algorithm and changing the way video views are counted.YouTube had tallied initial clicks, a fact the reply girls exploited. Once people realized they had been tricked into watching a reply girl video rather than a legitimate reply, they left in seconds, but that initial click was registered as a view, and the women were paid as such.Fallout from the reply girl scheme still plagues the video-sharing site. In a Locker Gnome blog post published Aug. 16 about the tag changes, Swedish writer Maximilian Majewski called out the reply girls for abusing the tag system “to great lengths.”Majewski wrote, “[m]aking tags private is a long overdue decision,” a sentiment echoed by other YouTubers.Not everyone views the change as a good move, however.Jack Durst, a host on Tahoe Network TV, pointed out on the YTCreators Google+ page viewers weren’t clicking on video tags because the tags were “buried at the bottom of the description where nobody sees them.”If the Google-owned company moved the tags “to a control at the top of the ‘related videos’ column that changed the content…by what tag you chose, it would quickly become a dominant mode of navigation,” theorized Durst.Still others pointed out that by hiding the tags, the community wouldn’t be able to tell if people were actually abusing tags. YouTube has heavily relied on the community to police itself against bad behavior, but if the community can’t see the bad behavior, how can it flag videos and users for tag abuse? they asked.“What is to stop UPLOADERS from abusing tags by loading them with things that have nothing to do with the video, but are popular?” asked @TheReallyRick, a YouTuber and iCNN reporter, on Twitter.Besides using tags that are unrelated to a video, tag abusers also engage in a practice called “spam tagging,” where they write the same tag multiple times in order to increase their video’s ranking.Hiding tags will prevent people from copying and pasting the tags of trending videos in order to get views, but it won’t stop either of the two aforementioned issues. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… fruzsina eordoghlast_img read more

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PH boosts Olympic 3×3 dream with hosting of Fiba Asia Pacific Super Quest

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES There is no reason why Philippines cannot have successful teams playing at World Tour level, considering the depth of talent and love for the game in the country.” The other way for the Philippines to make the Olympics is through ranking points, which the country is currently way behind.As host, the Philippines gets to filed in two teams in the Super Quest.The top three finishers in the Super Quest will qualify for the World Tour.The unveiling of the Super Quest comes on the heels of the country’s successful staging of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League, the first-ever 3×3 league in the Philippines, which made quite a good impression on Fiba 3×3 managing director Alex Sanchez.“After last year’s success of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup organized by SBP, the initiative of Chooks-to-go to set up a tournament with international teams from Asia-Pacific qualifying to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour is excellent news, underpins the effort of Chooks-to-go in organizing dozens of local 3×3 events and will accelerate the development of 3×3 in Philippines,” said Sanchez.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chooks-to-Go on Tuesday revealed that the country will stage the Chooks-to-Go Asia Pacific Super Quest, an international 3×3 event tentatively set on April 6 to 7 in Manila.The Quest, a tournament which Fiba opted to award the hosting rights to the Philippines, serves as another avenue for the country to participate in the Olympic 3×3 event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We are looking for tangible ways for the country to find its way to the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. I know it’s hard at this point but we will try everything,” said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas. “We are happy to be chosen to host the first-ever Super Quest.”“The Super Quest will serve as a qualifier to get to the World Tour,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League commissioner Eric Altamirano. “It opened a pathway for us first to get to the World tour and then, hopefully in the World Tour we get a spot in the Olympics.” The Philippines’ bid to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got another much-needed shot in the arm.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Fiba World Cup qualifiers: Thirdy Ravena makes Gilas Pilipinas’ final 12 vs Qatar Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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Illinois Judge Is Hearing Arguments Over High School Game Similar To OSU-CMU

first_imgWe have ourselves a situation. We have had ourselves a situation for many weeks now as the Central Michigan loss has loomed over the head of Oklahoma State. Mike Gundy has addressed it. Bob Stoops has addressed it. It seems everyone has addressed it.Obviously everyone knows what happened at the end of the CMU-Oklahoma State game. A play that shouldn’t have happened did happen, and OSU is 9-2 instead of 10-1.“Well, we did get the win; nobody will ever convince me we didn’t get the win,” Mike Gundy said on Saturday after beating TCU when asked about CMU again. He has repeated some variation of this dozens of times and even made fun of the CFB Playoff committee when he was asked if he watches its weekly show.Anyway, the same thing — nearly the exact same thing — happened recently in a 7A Illinois high school playoff game. Here’s Deadspin on Fenwick’s loss to Plainfield North.On the final play of regulation, with Fenwick holding a 10-7 lead with four seconds left on a meaningless fourth-and-15, quarterback Jacob Keller chucked the ball downfield after the clock had expired, seemingly putting a bow on the semifinal win.However, officials slapped Fenwick with an intentional grounding penalty, and gave the ball back to Plainfield North for an untimed down. Plainfield North kicked a field goal on the next play, sending the game to overtime and setting the stage for their wild game-winning play. Thus began the saga that’s since turned into a legal battle over who gets to go to the state championship game.A legal battle, huh? Whereas OSU’s legal battle didn’t really go anywhere, this one is. In fact, a judge is hearing the case today to decide which team will move on to the finals.Judge Kathleen Kennedy is scheduled to hear the case [Wednesday] morning and make a ruling. Fenwick reportedly cited a 2008 decision in Mississippi when a similar situation was eventually overturned by an athletic ruling body, as well as the IHSA’s own reversal of the 2008 Illinois state wrestling tournament.It’s rare for any on-field dispute to go to a professional judge for adjudication, but since Plainfield has said that they will prepare for the upcoming state championship game and will not forfeit, the case rests with a higher authority. Hopefully, justice is served.Whoo boy. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “It would be one thing if it was a missed holding call or if it was a judgment call, but this was not a judgment call,” Fenwick Principal Peter Groom told the Chicago Tribune. “This was a rule that was not applied when there was no more time left on the clock. I don’t know how I tell my kids (to accept the outcome) in this situation.”Sounds like Mike Gundy.We will be keeping an eye on this case as it unfolds on Wednesday. Will a precedent be set for the CMU-OSU game to follow suit? If OSU doesn’t win Bedlam, none of this matters obviously, but if it does and this gets overturned, Gundy’s press conference next Monday will be one for the ages.Update.Plainfield North will play East St. Louis for Class 7A state title— Michael O’Brien (@michaelsobrien) November 23, 2016last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Commit C.J. Moore Nominated for U.S. Army All-American Game

first_imgFour-star wide receiver and Oklahoma State pledge C.J. Moore is among the 400-plus players nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is one of six Oklahoma standouts to be nominated along with Josh Proctor (Ohio State commit), Jalen Redmond, Ron Tatum (Texas commit), Casey Thompson (Texas commit), and Brey Walker (Oklahoma commit).Six #OKPreps football guys are nominated for the US Army All-American game — 100 finalists will be selected. #OKPreps @LilThurm @rontatum3_ pic.twitter.com/JVgDCFxA0B— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) May 25, 2017 Of the 400-plus member nominee list, the U.S. Army All-American selection committee will trim the list to 100 finalists for the game. The game will be played on January 6, 2018.OSU has been represented well over the years in the prestigious event, most recently with offensive lineman Tramonda Moore, who is now at Independence Community College. Star running back prospect Herschel Sims also played in the game in 2011. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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29 seconds? Ceballos deserves better

first_imgReal Madrid 29 seconds? ‘Humiliated’ Ceballos deserves more game time from apologetic Zidane Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 03:45 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Dani Ceballos Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Real Madrid v Deportivo Alavés Deportivo Alavés Primera División Transfers Opinion The ex-Betis midfielder was mocked by fans of his former team last weekend and then brought on for less than half a minute at Leganes on Wednesday Dani Ceballos has had a tough time since signing for Real Madrid. The 21-year-old reportedly was wanted by a host of Europe’s elite clubs last summer, including Barcelona, but chose to join Los Blancos. So far, however, life in the capital has been difficult.Despite his obvious talent, the former Betis midfielder has made just 17 appearances for Real in 2017-18 and only seven starts, with five of those coming in the Copa del Rey, just two in La Liga and none in the Champions League.The controversy over his explosive tweets from the past out of the way after he signed in the summer, Ceballos looked to concentrate on his football and a match-winning double away to Alaves on his full debut in the Primera Division offered real promise. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp That was back in September and it looked like the young Spain star would go on to be an important player for coach Zinedine Zidane, but ahead of Madrid’s meeting at home with Alaves again on Saturday, Ceballos has endured his worst week at the club.Ridiculed as an unused substitute last weekend in the 5-3 win at Betis as fans at the Benito Villamarin called him a “benchwarmer” and “seed muncher” (it is common for Spanish supporters to take bags of sunflower seeds to football games), among other things, he did make it onto the pitch at Leganes on Wednesday — but only for 29 seconds!But almost as soon as he had ran on the pitch with time running out in the 3-1 win, the match was over and he cut a forlorn figure as he walked through the mixed zone without stopping to talk or even look at anyone.The Spanish press spoke of “humiliation” on Friday and some said Zidane had done it on purpose to make an example of his player. The Frenchman, however, was quick to play down the controversy later in the day.“It was bad,” he said in the pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Alaves. “I don’t like to play someone for just 30 seconds. At all. I’m sorry and I have told him that.Dani Ceballos graphic“He knows that he hasn’t played much this season but he’s still worked a lot, he’s great. I remember his match against Alaves in the first half of the season when he scored two goals. I love what he’s doing and he has to keep fighting.”With Luka Modric and Toni Kroos now out injured, Saturday’s game against Alaves would be an ideal opportunity for Zidane to show he has real faith in a player who could be extremely useful in the Champions League at Paris Saint-Germain next month if the Croat and the German are not fully fit.Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Madrid have utilised their summer signings less than any other club in La Liga and that could, in part, explain their poor form in the Primera Division this term. Zidane has not rotated his pack effectively in the current campaign.For his part, Ceballos may be young, but he is still among the most exciting talents in European football and he deserves more game time from his coach. Because no player can make much impact in 29 seconds…last_img read more

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No Neymar, but Zidane & Ramos wary of Di Maria

first_imgPSG v Real Madrid Di Maria to fill Neymar’s boots? Zidane and Ramos wary of former Real Madrid star Ryan Benson 15:37 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG v Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Real Madrid PSG Neymar Sergio Ramos Paris Saint-Germain being without their star Brazilian is a boost for the Blancos, but the French giants have plenty of able cover ready to step in Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos have dismissed the importance of Neymar’s absence for Paris Saint-Germain, highlighting the threat of former Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria, who is set to replace the Brazilian in the Champions League on Tuesday.Madrid travel to Paris with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in their round-of-16 clash.They also received a boost last week when it became apparent Brazil star Neymar will miss out after fracturing his foot in a Ligue 1 match. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But Zidane and captain Ramos claimed that will not make a huge difference, as they both pointed out Di Maria, who played for Madrid between 2010 and 2014, is expected to be the one to benefit from Neymar’s absence.When asked about the importance of Neymar’s injury, Ramos told reporters in Paris: “He’s a different player, Neymar.”There are very few like him on the world stage. Whoever he has played for has benefited. We’ve played against him for Barca and know him, but Di Maria is a great player and he can replace him.”I think Di Maria is a player who defends better, works hard too and gets forward. We’ve got to look at their strengths and I think we’ve a squad good enough to match them.”Zidane added: “Some things change, some don’t. He [Di Maria]’s an exceptional footballer, we know who he is.”He played very well for this club, but whoever comes in [for Neymar] will be highly motivated and hoping to put in a good performance.”He has a great history here at Real Madrid. He can play anywhere across the front and covers a lot of ground.”He has a good shot and is very quick. We’re going to try and play our game, but we know they’ll ask a few questions.”I don’t think much will change. Our motivation will be the same, against a good team with very good players.”Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid PSG Champions LeaguePSG have not hesitated to put pressure on referee Felix Brych before the encounter at the Parc des Princes, with sporting director Antero Henrique claiming the officiating in the first leg showed a “lack of respect [for] Paris and France”.But, as a tactic, it is nothing new to Zidane, who says the talking needs to be done “on the pitch”.”We’re used to it,” Zidane said. “We just have to focus on the game, eleven versus eleven.”The referee will be out there to do his job and hopefully play well. We have to focus on our game plan and expect a hostile atmosphere.”You know what it’s like when teams player against Real Madrid – our talking will be on the pitch.”last_img read more

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Watt’s my name? Sanchez sent off in hilarious ref blunder

first_imgArsenal Watt’s my name? Ex-Arsenal player sent off after ref’s hilarious blunder over surname Harry Sherlock 17:57 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sanchez Watt Getty Arsenal Premier League The former Arsenal youngster was sent off after the official mistook his name for dissent, and has responded on social media! Former Arsenal youngster Sanchez Watt has responded to being sent off after his name was mistaken for dissent by a referee, urging officials to “stop playing” with him.Watt was shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away during Hemel Hempstead’s clash with East Thurrock on Tuesday.The referee asked Watt, who spent four years at the Gunners, to give his name, and he replied gave his surname three times. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Unfortunately for the forward, the official mistook him for asking “what?”, and subsequently sent him off!Watt’s captain explained that his name was actually Sanchez Watt and the ref then reversed the decision, leading to Watt’s reaction on social media.”Stop playing with my name, I ain’t gon say it no mo,” Watt wrote, with the hashtag #PutSomeRespekOnMyName.Watt has endured something of a nomadic career, taking in loan spells at Southend United, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, Crawley Town and Colchester United before a permanent move to the latter club. pic.twitter.com/A5xhLmkF6p— Sanchez Watt (@sanchezwatt) March 7, 2018 Watt has also played for Kerala Blasters in India, along with Crawley and Billericay Town.The 27-year-old has also been capped by England at Under-16, U17 and U19 level. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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‘Nobody knows what is inside’ – Xhaka defends Arsenal

first_imgArsenal ‘Nobody knows what is inside’ – Xhaka launches Arsenal defence after Milan victory Robin Bairner 16:41 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Granit Xhaka Getty Arsenal UEFA Europa League Milan v Arsenal Milan The Switzerland international hit back at critics, who questioned the team’s character after a run of four successive losses Arsenal took a big step towards the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday thanks to a 2-0 win over AC Milan, prompting a defence of the club by midfielder Granit Xhaka.The Gunners have toiled this season and find themselves languishing in sixth in the Premier League. With a top-four finish unlikely, the Europa League is their likeliest route back into the Champions League next season and as such there is pressure on the team to perform in that competition.Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey have them in the driving seat against the Italians, arresting, temporarily at least, a poor run of form that had seen them lose four successive matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Such a sequence of negative results had seen the spotlight turn towards the team and manager Arsene Wenger, and Xhaka believes the Gunners have started to answer critics who had questioned their heart.“A lot of people spoke about us from the outside, but nobody knows what is inside the team,” the 25-year-old told the club’s official website.“We showed togetherness today, we showed spirit and a lot of character.“Everyone knows that we lost the last four games and that was difficult for us. It was important to be together and to show the people on the outside that we are a team. We showed a good game today.”With a two-goal cushion to protect at the Emirates next week, the Switzerland international is confident the Gunners can win through.“At the start it was a little bit difficult for us, but after that we made it our game and we scored,” he said. “I think 2-0 here in Milan is a good result for the first leg.“Now we want to finish the second leg and to win as well again at home.”last_img read more

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Mike Gundy Says he Turned Down Tennessee Job Three Times in his Career

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy flirted with the possibility of leaving his alma mater to take Tennessee’s head coaching vacancy in 2017 and wound up getting a handsome raise out of the deal.Not only was it not the first time Gundy used good, old-fashioned leverage to squeeze money out of his employer, it was ironically not the first time he used Tennessee to do it, either. In his wide-ranging ESPN interview this week in which he (correctly) claimed OSU would have smacked LSU for the natty in 2011, Gundy said Tennessee has offered him the job not once, not twice ….“I’ve had that (Tennessee) job offered three different times,” said Gundy. “It’s ironic that it’s always been Tennessee. I guess it gets to a point where you say, ‘Is it time for me to make a change? I’m 50-something years old. Is it time for me to go do things differently?’ Sometimes in your life, you think that way.“Tennessee put together an unbelievable package, and it’s hard to tell somebody no when that happens. But I made the right decision.”As the great Brett McMurphy reported in 2012, Gundy also got a new deal when the Vols came calling back after the 2008 season. The other instance came in 2012 after the program fired Derek Dooley.The last time Tennessee called, in 2017, it felt like a real possibility. So much so, in fact, that OSU offered him a one-time $625,000 contract bonus and a new five-year rollover contract that sets him up with annual escalators and what amounts to a lifetime contract if he wants it. And despite the flirtations, Gundy says that he’s happy with his decision to have not left.“This is who I am,” he told ESPN. “This is what I am. This is where I belong. This is me. There’s no reason for me to go anywhere else.”last_img read more

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