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Facebook is finally purging annoying fake videos from your News Feed


No more fake videos on Facebook
No more fake videos on Facebook

Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Say goodbye to annoying fake Facebook videos.

The social network is tweaking its algorithm so you’ll see static memes disguised as videos and images with fake play buttons way less often. 

Spammers have been flooding the site with these trick formats to take advantage of Facebook’s fanatical focus on promoting video above other types of content. Uploading single images as videos can earn the poster advertising money, and photos made to look like videos can lead users to sketchy sites with malicious ads.

An example of a photo with a fake play button that leads to a sketchy website.

An example of a photo with a fake play button that leads to a sketchy website.

“People want to see accurate information on Facebook, and so do we,” the company said in a statement. 

Expect to see less misleading videos as Facebook implements the changes in the coming weeks.

“People want to see accurate information on Facebook, and so do we”

Facebook has been pushing hard for the past couple years to grow the platform’s volume of videos, which command much higher prices from advertisers than other content. 

But despite Facebook’s phenomenal video growth, the company is only now starting to iron out kinks like pirated videos and deceptive practices.

The push is also part of Facebook’s bigger effort to crack down on all types of misleading content, which started after it was blamed for spreading fake news during the presidential election. Other updates have included suppressing links to sites with intrusive ads and shutting down bait-and-switch ads.

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I wanted to download videos in bulk from Tutsplus.com using python. I have a legit subscription


Below is the the section for downloading videos from a given course. Now the information is printed perfectly on the terminal but the videos do not get downloaded. Please help!!

def download_binary(_file_name_, _url_):
print "Downloading %s " % _file_name_
response = urllib.request.urlopen(_url_)
# req = urllib2.urlopen(_url_)
output = open(_filename_,"wb")
output.write(response.read())
CHUNK = 16 * 1024
with open(_file_name_, 'wb') as fp:
while True:
chunk = response.read(CHUNK)
if not chunk:
break
fp.write(chunk)



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Here’s how to turn off autoplay videos on Facebook and Twitter


Autoplay can be annoying.
Autoplay can be annoying.

Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Autoplay videos can be one of the most frustrating parts of social media feeds.

Facebook and Twitter turn this setting on by default to juice the view numbers for publishers and advertisers. But for users, it can be annoying at the least and, in some cases, downright disturbing—especially around violent news events.

But there is hope. It takes less than a minute to disable this feature on apps and sites alike. We’ve broken down the steps for each platform.

Facebook

Desktop

Click the downward carrot icon in the upper righthand corner of the home screen, and select “Settings.” Choose “videos” from the menu on the far left, then switch the setting for “Auto-Play Videos” to “Off.”

Mobile (iOS)

In Facebook’s iOS app, select the icon of three lines in the lower right corner, then Settings>Account Settings>Videos and Photos>Autoplay, and select “Never Autoplay Videos.”

Mobile (Android)

The steps for Android are the same except the autoplay option is in the first settings menu.

Twitter

Desktop

Click your avatar in the top right corner, then select “Settings and privacy.” Click “Accessibility” at the very bottom of the column on the left and then uncheck “Video autoplay.”

Mobile (iOS and Android)

In the Twitter app, select your avatar in the top left corner then follow the same steps.

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Facebook quietly bought a startup that can manipulate videos


Fake news, it’s a big deal on Facebook, and we might just be getting more of it in the form of videos.

Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported. The German-based startup Fayteq has software that is able to remove or add objects in videos, even live ones, and add effects to them. 

The company offers “innovative technologies in the area of off-line and real-time video manipulation, removing the border between reality and fiction,” described Siegfried Vater, an investor and partner of Fayteq, according to TechEu.

Facebook confirmed the acquisition in an email to Mashable, but a spokesperson declined to provide more details on what the company could add to the social network. 

Fayteq does fit into Facebook’s focus on video and augmented reality. CEO Mark Zuckerberg preached a world of mixed reality at F8, Facebook’s annual development conference in April.

“We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform” was Zuckerberg’s tagline for the event.  

As well as this: 

Facebook also went to war with television this week. The company launched its new initiative for original video, competing with the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Media publishers will be releasing a mix of reality and scripted shows later this month. 

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YouTube is trying to hide extremist videos in a state of limbo


Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

YouTube is still dealing with headaches related to extremist and otherwise hateful videos infesting its site.

Parent company Google’s most recent attempt at a fix addresses content that exists in a sort of gray area — it doesn’t violate the site’s policies per se but it does “contain controversial religious or supremacist content.”

In those cases, the videos will now be relegated to a “limited state,” a purgatory where they’ll be less visible to the casual browser, never appear in automated recommendations, and lose out on features like comments, likes, and suggested videos.

Oftentimes, videos that YouTube simply takes down are subsequently re-uploaded with tweaks meant to shield them from detection by the site’s automated tracking. This new soft ban seems to be an attempt to avoid that game of whack-a-mole. 

The move comes as the site is taking a more aggressive stance towards redlining controversial videos from its advertisers. The effort started when hundreds of major brands staged a boycott from the site this spring following reports their ads had been attached to hate group and terrorist propaganda.

The boycott ended up having little financial impact on Google, but it’s still facing pressure to clean up the site. The United Kingdom’s home secretary, Amber Rudd, traveled to San Francisco this week to urge Google and other tech giants to do more to combat extremism on their platforms.  

Google’s previous efforts include beefing up its video policing staffs and introducing machine learning to better recognize and root out patterns common among certain types of videos.

The company said Thursday that it will also start more widely implementing a program that redirects people who search for extremist videos to a set playlist of content meant to counter those messages.

It’s also bringing on more than 15 NGOs to shape its efforts going forward, including the Anti-Defamation League, the No Hate Speech Movement, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.

Some popular YouTube users say Google’s efforts have gone too far, blocking legitimate content that’s unfairly judged from collecting ad money. Matan Uziel, who runs a channel featuring survivors of sexual assault talking about their traumatic experiences, says his videos have been blocked since the crackdown began despite his repeated appeals to the company.

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دانلود سورس کانال ویدئو اندروید codecanyon – Your Videos Channel


Your Videos Channel is a mobile video system which run under Android platform that used for your own Video channel application and support YouTube integration. With powerful and Responsive Admin Panel can manage unlimited category and upload video item or video source from youtube, also can change admin username and password with generate password, etc. This application created by Android for client side and then PHP MySQL for Admin side. Run under Android platform which is the most popular operating system in the world. Using this application you can save your money and time in creating application for your own Videos Application.


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Brands that fled YouTube over hate videos are already back


Well, that didn’t last long.

Nearly half of the American brands that made a show of pulling their ads from YouTube over placements on extremist videos in March have resumed advertising on the platform, according to tracking firm MediaRadar.

The firm says six of the thirteen of the major companies—General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, AT&T, Verizon, and Walmart—ran YouTube ads at some point last month. 

The analysis does note, however, that the latter three only appeared as part of joint ads with partners and may not have had full control over the spend.

MediaRadar also can’t track ad placements across the pond in the UK, where the boycott originated and more than 200 brands participated.

The exodus began after the Times of London and other news outlets surfaced ads from major brands attached to videos posted by hate groups, including Nazi sympathizers and Islamic State terrorists. 

YouTube parent Google responded by doubling down on video vetting operations, tightening content policy, and rolling out new tools that used machine learning to recognize patterns in offensive videos.

However, some YouTube creators complained that the crackdown went too far, sweeping up legitimate videos in the process.

We do not think this will impact YouTube,” MediaRadar CEO Todd Krizelman said in an email. “YouTube acted responsibly and swiftly, taking down the offensive material. The team at YouTube operates at the highest level.”

The statement echoes what some analysts said at the time—that while Google’s rift with advertisers made for bad headlines, it ultimately wouldn’t have much impact on the company’s bottom line. While Google makes the majority of its money from advertising, the bulk of it comes from the company’s search ads.

The boycott also represented the latest instance of growing tensions between advertisers and the giant walled-garden platforms that dominate the web.

Advertisers are generally wary of the duopoly powers Google and Facebook hold over the digital ad market. That fear has led to an increasing willingness among major brands to speak out together in favor of their collective interest, whether that be less ad fraud or more measurement transparency.

The short-lived protest time of so many major brands may demonstrate the limits to that approach. Or marketers may simply be satisfied that YouTube has met their demands.  

None of the brands immediately responded to a request for comment.

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The creepiest videos from the robotics company Google just sold


Run, robot! Run!
Run, robot! Run!

Image: youtube/boston dynamics

Google has released the bots.

And by that, we mean Google just sold off Boston Dynamics — the company that designs and engineers all those creepy-looking, terrifyingly capable robots.

After putting it up for sale in 2016, Japanese tech company Softbank finally purchased Boston Dynamics — along with Schaft, a company that specializes in creating bipedal robots— from Google for an unknown amount.

Now for those who aren’t as familiar with Boston Dynamics’ ~advanced~ creations, the company is best known for its BigDog line of four-legged robots — which literally look like big metal dogs — and its Atlas humanoids that resemble large mechanical people wearing massive jetpacks.

To put it quite simply, the robots are freaking terrifying. There are some with six legs that quite frankly look like giant bugs, and this other thing called a SandFlea that leaps across buildings. 

Basically, Boston Dynamics is bringing sci-fi movies to life, and if you don’t believe us, here are seven of the creepiest videos of the company’s weird-ass robots to chill you to the bone.

Atlas pretending to be a human

Tell me you are not terrified watching this humanoid open the doors of buildings like it’s NBD, walking through the woods, stacking boxes, and jumping unnaturally high jumps. You can’t. This is weird as hell and we are not here for it.

And be sure to watch until the end to see rare and totally normal footage of a human beating up a robot with a hockey stick.

BigDog turned BigBull

Literally titled, “BigDog Weaponized,” this creepy AF video shows the four-legged robot (with bull horns attached) slowly and menacingly trotting towards a “cape.”

*nervous laughter*

BigDog enjoying a day at the beach

These things are walking in water — there’s no stopping them! If putting this robotic canine on a gorgeous beach in Thailand doesn’t make it cute, just accept defeat and let us just play in the sand with our real doggos, please. 

WildCat out in the wild

Ugh. The only thing worse than BigDog is this jumpy, smoking robotic feline, WildCat. As the fastest quadruped robot on Earth, it moves backwards, and forwards, and gallops — which, I’m pretty sure normal cats do not even do — and makes people want to scream, okay?

SpotMini wiping out

WildCat is a no, but SpotMini — Boston Dynamics’ small dog robot thing — is not much better. Skip to 1:28 to watch some scarring footage of SpotMini wiping out on banana peels (how cliché) in a house after doing some light chores.

Real dog vs. fake dog

SAVE. OUR. (REAL). DOGS.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYTHING’S FINE

Is this the future you want, people?! Fake Santa Clauses being pulled by trotting robot dogs masquerading as reindeer? Holy heck. What have we become??!

*shudders eternally*

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Apple will soon block autoplay videos and data tracking in Safari


Out with the old and in with the new.
Out with the old and in with the new.

Image: Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Online advertisers beware—Apple is coming for you.

The company announced on Monday that a new update to its Safari web browser will block autoplay videos.

The update will also feature a new security feature that stops ad tracking technology from watching where users go on the web.

The announcement comes the week after Google confirmed that it would add its own in-browser filter to Chrome that would shut out ads deemed intrusive or annoying.

Apple, which has less to lose by hammering advertising companies, takes this mandate one step further.

Apple previously made waves in the advertising and media industry when it started allowing third-party ad blockers into its mobile Safari browser. Unlike the latest update, though, that setting was not the default, and ultimately resulted in less impact than had been predicted.

Safari still only commands about a quarter of the market share of Chrome, according to StatCounter’s most recent data, though a hardline stance on annoying autoplay videos could help persuade some users to give it a shot.

Advertisers and media companies, who’ve spent years locked in a fierce battle with ad blocking companies, are generally wary about browsers bundling in the service. 

While, on the one hand, it has the potential to shut out the bad actors that taint the rest of the industry and drive people to blockers in the first place, it also gives certain companies inordinate amounts of power and, especially in Apple’s case, threatens their own bottom lines.  

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