33 Facts About YouTube

1. On November 11, 2017, YouTube announced it was strengthening site security to protect children from unsuitable content.

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2. In 2017, YouTube was associated with several controversies related to child safety.

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3. On January 16, 2018, YouTube announced tighter thresholds where creators must have at least 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and at least 1,000 subscribers.

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4. In December 2010, YouTube added the ability to flag videos for containing terrorism content.

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5. In 2011, YouTube described Content ID as "very accurate in finding uploads that look similar to reference files that are of sufficient length and quality to generate an effective ID File".

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6. In June 2007, YouTube began trials of a system for automatic detection of uploaded videos that infringe copyright.

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7. In May 2007, YouTube launched its Partner Program, a system based on AdSense which allows the uploader of the video to share the revenue produced by advertising on the site.

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8. In January 2010, YouTube introduced an online film rentals service, which is only available to users in the United States, Canada, and the UK as of 2010.

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9. In November 2009, YouTube launched a version of "Shows" available to UK viewers, offering around 4,000 full-length shows from more than 60 partners.

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10. In November 2008, YouTube reached an agreement with MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment, and CBS, allowing the companies to post full-length films and television episodes on the site, accompanied by advertisements in a section for US viewers called "Shows".

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11. In May 2013, YouTube introduced a trial scheme of 53 subscription channels with prices ranging from $0.99 to $6.99 a month.

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12. In 2016, YouTube introduced an option to watch every video on the platform in 360-degree mode with Snoop Dogg.

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13. In 2010, YouTube temporarily released a "TEXTp" mode which transformed colors in videos to random uppercase letters "in order to reduce bandwidth costs by $1 per second.

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14. In 2018, YouTube became an ISNI registry, and announced its intention to begin creating ISNI identifiers to uniquely identify the musicians whose videos it features.

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15. On September 28, 2016, YouTube named Lyor Cohen, the co-founder of 300 Entertainment and former Warner Music Group executive, the Global Head of Music.

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16. In October 2012, a local version of YouTube was launched in Turkey, with the domain youtube.

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17. In November 2018, YouTube launched as a downloadable app for the Nintendo Switch.

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18. In January 2009, YouTube launched "YouTube for TV", a version of the website tailored for set-top boxes and other TV-based media devices with web browsers, initially allowing its videos to be viewed on the PlayStation 3 and Wii video game consoles.

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19. In February 2009, YouTube announced a test service, allowing some partners to offer video downloads for free or for a fee paid through Google Checkout.

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20. On September 13, 2016, YouTube launched a public beta of Community, a social media-based feature that allows users to post text, images, live videos and others in a separate "Community" tab on their channel.

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21. In late November 2018, YouTube announced that it would introduce a "Story" feature, similar to ones used by Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, which would allow its content creators to engage fans without posting a full video.

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22. On March 13, 2015, YouTube enabled 360° videos which can be viewed from Google Cardboard, a virtual reality system.

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23. In June 2014, YouTube introduced videos playing at 60 frames per second, in order to reproduce video games with a frame rate comparable to high-end graphics cards.

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24. In June 2007, YouTube added an option to watch videos in 3GP format on mobile phones.

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25. On January 27, 2015, YouTube announced that HTML5 would be the default playback method on supported browsers.

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26. In January 2010, YouTube launched an experimental version of the site that used the built-in multimedia capabilities of web browsers supporting the HTML5 standard.

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27. In September 2018, YouTube began to phase out the separate YouTube Gaming website and app, and introduced a new Gaming portal within the main service.

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28. In February 2015, YouTube released a secondary mobile app known as YouTube Kids.

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29. In November 2014, YouTube announced a subscription service known as "Music Key", which bundled ad-free streaming of music content on YouTube with the existing Google Play Music service.

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30. In May 2013, YouTube launched a pilot program for content providers to offer premium, subscription-based channels within the platform.

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31. In February 2017, one billion hours of YouTube was watched every day.

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32. In March 2010, YouTube began free streaming of certain content, including 60 cricket matches of the Indian Premier League.

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33. In October 2006, YouTube moved to a new office in San Bruno, California.

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