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YouTube comments permitted only from Google+ users
In November 2013 YouTube stipulated that only users with valid Google+ accounts could place comments on YouTube videos which would be displayed according to the "community engagement, reputation, and up-votes for a particular comment".
This led to widespread condemnation of the decision. Users with YouTtube accounts or Gmail already have Google plus accounts — even if they are not used.
Google was lambasted for the move and the co-founder of YouTube Jawed Karim strongly voiced his disapproval about the change. He deleted every video from his channel apart from the first video ever uploaded to YouTube. “Me at the zoo” which was uploaded on 23rd April 2005. Karim really does not want a Google+ account.
Vine selects porn video as Editors Pick
Vine, the app which displays six second video clips was acquired by Twitter in 2013. Pornographic videos quickly began circulating across the app and Twitter. These videos are not easy to find on Vine itself, but retweets and mentions on Twitter soon spread these Vines across the Twitterverse. In 2013 a pornographic clip was featured as an “Editors Pick” and appeared on the home screens of the app.
A spokeswoman said “A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor's Picks, and upon realizing this mistake we removed the video immediately. We apologize to our users for the error."
Vine is taking action to stop users searching for pornographic images by blocking hashtags such as #porn but a quick search on the Vine Roulette website shows that NSFW video Vines are still prevalent across the site.
LinkedIn's privacy and youth problems
LinkedIn, which this week forecasted slower growth than expected despite strong Q4 results had its challenges in 2013.
In August 2013 it was criticised for updating its terms of service and allowing users as young as 13 to create a LinkedIn account. In October it was also slammed by security professionals after it released its email service "Intro".
Intro allows iPhone users to see LinkedIn profiles from people who have emailed them. When users send an email with Intro, LinkedIn appends a snippet of the sender's LinkedIn public profile to the bottom of the message.
Users were concerned that if they used Intro, LinkedIn could gain access to any email written or received from the email account. LinkedIn reassured users with its commitment to its pledge of privacy on the site.
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