Russia may block access to YouTube and Instagram after billionaire Oleg Deripaska won a court injunction against videos and photographs that showed him and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko relaxing on a yacht with a woman described as an escort.
Deripaska won an order from the Ust-Labinsk district court in his native Krasnodar region ordering the removal of 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos that breached his right to privacy, according to a spokeswoman for his Basic Element company.
Anti-Kremlin campaigner Alexey Navalny said the order also threatens to block his website after he published an online film alleging that the videos and photographs posted by Anastasiya Vashukevich, who goes by the name Nastya Rybka, showed evidence of a corrupt relationship between the aluminum tycoon and the senior minister.
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The past few months have been a roller coaster ride for Logan Paul.
The 22-year-old social media star has built a career off the now-defunct Vine app and later, off of two simultaneous YouTube channels. His Midwestern good looks, slapstick humor, and intricately planned and executed viral videos have earned him millions of dollars and legions of diehard fans.
But Paul has become embroiled in multiple controversies in recent months, costing him advertising on YouTube and a movie deal with YouTube Red.
Here’s how Paul went from a 10-year-old making homemade videos in his backyard in Ohio to one of the most famous — and controversial — social media stars in the world:
Paul got his start at age 10, posting videos to the internet using an app called Zoosh.
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By high school, Paul transitioned to now-defunct video sharing app Vine. He started sharing Vine videos that usually included him doing stunts, telling jokes, and playing pranks.
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Paul amassed a huge following on the platform. By the time Vine shut down, he had 9.4 million followers.
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The Vine app is obsolete now, but Paul’s channel still exists online.
Paul dropped out of Ohio University and moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to pursue a career in entertainment.
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He began taking acting classes and snagged a few small roles in TV shows like “Law & Order” and “Stitchers.” He told Business Insider in 2015 that he hoped to become a household name and appear in R-rated movies. “It’s time for me to grow up and expand my brand of comedy,” Paul said.
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Has controversial YouTuber Logan Paul changed? It seems YouTube doesn’t think so. Citing his “recent pattern of behavior,” the Google-owned platform announced this morning that it had “temporarily suspended” ads on Paul’s channels — stopping an income stream estimated to be worth more than a million dollars a month.
In a statement given to The Verge, a YouTube spokesperson said: “After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily suspend ads on Logan Paul’s YouTube channels.
This is not a decision we made lightly, however, we believe he has exhibited a pattern of behavior in his videos that makes his channel not only unsuitable for advertisers, but also potentially damaging to the broader creator community.”
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A leading Islamic scholar in Pakistan who appeared to slur his words on live TV has become the subject of ridicule on social media.
When it comes to Islamic clerics in Pakistan, few are more senior than Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi. His opinion on Islamic scripture is sought by the nation’s lawmakers.
But this is a country where it is illegal for Muslims to drink alcohol, so it’s unsurprising that his apparently intoxicated appearance on a late night talk show has caused controversy. Continue reading BBCtrending: Pakistan’s ‘drunk mullah’
YouTube is investigating “further consequences” for Logan Paul, the influencer who filmed a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. In a thread on Twitter, YouTube acknowledged the recent frustrations with the platform and its lack of response.
“You’re right to be [frustrated],” the thread begins. “You deserve to know what’s going on. Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week. Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.”
Paul uploaded a video on December 31st, 2017, of his trip to Aokigahara, widely known as the “suicide forest.” The backlash to the video was swift, with many criticizing his actions for sensationalizing suicide and choosing to upload the vlog at all.
Paul took down the video and issued two apologies, citing a desire to raise awareness about mental health and suicide.
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Remember Spectacles, Snapchat’s video-recording sunglasses that debuted to great fanfare only for the company to lose $40 million after sales cratered? Well, another company is taking a chance on the concept with a pair of smart sunglasses called ACE Eyewear.
While Spectacles could only post directly to Snapchat, wearers can use ACE Eyewear to live stream video and post clips and stills to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube via a smartphone app.
Made by Acton (a company known for its electric skateboards), the sunglasses can take 8-megapixel photos and capture HD video.
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An American YouTube star has prompted a barrage of criticism after he posted a video which showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.
The video showed Logan Paul and friends at the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt Fuji, known to be a frequent site of suicides.
Going in to film the “haunted” forest, they come across a dead body and are shocked, but also make jokes.
Online comments have called the video “disrespectful” and “disgusting”.
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