Peter Kafka

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YouTube Wants to Hear Your Complaints, So It Can Parody Them

YouTube attracts a billion people a month. And that means that it also generates a lot of complaints, too — some of them from people who put videos on YouTube.

The world’s biggest video site is making some moves to appease its partners. But it’s also self-aware enough to know that this will only go so far.

Hence this video, starring lots of YouTube talent, which the company debuted Thursday night at VidCon, a YouTube industry conference/fan convention.

It comes from the folks at Barely Political, the production group owned by Next New Networks, the video startup YouTube bought a couple years ago. And it went over very well in the room:

Thanks to Storyful’s David Clinch for flagging this one for me.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik