YouTube CEO says ‘sorry,’ but defends hosting videos with homophobic slurs

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaks during the opening keynote address at the Google I/O 2017 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 17, 2017 in Mountain View, California. Maza said that he has been the subject of targeted harassment for years that included both anti-gay and anti-Mexican slurs. But, she added, YouTube looked at the videos in question, “and in the end, we decided it was not violative of our policy.” Wojcicki said that YouTube has a “high bar” for what counts as malicious mater


YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaks during the opening keynote address at the Google I/O 2017 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 17, 2017 in Mountain View, California. Maza said that he has been the subject of targeted harassment for years that included both anti-gay and anti-Mexican slurs. But, she added, YouTube looked at the videos in question, “and in the end, we decided it was not violative of our policy.” Wojcicki said that YouTube has a “high bar” for what counts as malicious mater
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YouTube CEO says 'sorry,' but defends hosting videos with homophobic slurs

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki speaks during the opening keynote address at the Google I/O 2017 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 17, 2017 in Mountain View, California.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — YouTube’s chief executive apologized on Monday for the hurt she said is caused by videos with anti-gay slurs, but said the company was right to let the videos remain on its service.

CEO Susan Wojcicki, in an on-stage interview at the tech-focused Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, spoke publicly for the first time since YouTube last week imposed a stricter ban on hate speech, including videos that promote ideas of racial superiority.

But rather than being lauded for tackling Nazism, Wojcicki was met with a barrage of questions about videos she has decided to leave up. The questions were prompted by journalist Carlos Maza launching a campaign last month to bring attention to homophobic abuse and harassment he says he received from a conservative YouTube personality.

Maza said that he has been the subject of targeted harassment for years that included both anti-gay and anti-Mexican slurs. Several activists are lobbying to ban YouTube’s parent company, Google, from the San Francisco Pride march this month over what they see as the service’s inaction.

“I know the decision we made was very hurtful to the LGBTQ community,” Wojcicki said. “That was not our intention at all. We’re really sorry about that.”

But, she added, YouTube looked at the videos in question, “and in the end, we decided it was not violative of our policy.”

“I do agree this was the right decision,” she said.

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Wojcicki, a high-profile Silicon Valley executive, faced a skeptical crowd at the annual conference for tech and media professionals. When Ina Fried, a journalist from Axios, suggested during a question-and-answer period that Wojcicki wasn’t actually sorry, the audience greeted the question with applause.

YouTube, like Facebook and other online services that rely on users for content, is facing growing scrutiny over material that shows violence, promotes hatred or is objectionable in other ways. The service’s rulebook bans harassment, for example, but only when it is “malicious.”

Wojcicki said that YouTube has a “high bar” for what counts as malicious material, and that the service faced a challenge in being consistent. She said the same rules needed to apply across the board, including to late-night comedy shows or rap music videos.


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YouTube recommended videos of underage girls after users watched erotic videos, research finds

In the aftermath of the discovery earlier this year that pedophiles had infiltrated comment sections of YouTube videos with children, the Google-owned video platform disabled comments on many videos of children. But researchers say disturbing patterns remain: A New York Times report published Monday said watching erotic videos and following the platform’s recommendations can eventually lead to videos of children. They said users who watched erotic videos might be recommended videos of women dres


In the aftermath of the discovery earlier this year that pedophiles had infiltrated comment sections of YouTube videos with children, the Google-owned video platform disabled comments on many videos of children. But researchers say disturbing patterns remain: A New York Times report published Monday said watching erotic videos and following the platform’s recommendations can eventually lead to videos of children. They said users who watched erotic videos might be recommended videos of women dres
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YouTube recommended videos of underage girls after users watched erotic videos, research finds

In the aftermath of the discovery earlier this year that pedophiles had infiltrated comment sections of YouTube videos with children, the Google-owned video platform disabled comments on many videos of children.

But researchers say disturbing patterns remain: A New York Times report published Monday said watching erotic videos and following the platform’s recommendations can eventually lead to videos of children.

The researchers at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University were examining YouTube’s impact in Brazil. They said users who watched erotic videos might be recommended videos of women dressing as young girls, and eventually may be recommended videos of “girls as young as 5 or 6” wearing bathing suits or getting dressed, the report said.

According to the report, YouTube’s recommendation system changed to no longer link some of the revealing videos together, but the company told The New York Times it was “probably a result of routine tweaks to its algorithms, rather than a deliberate policy change.” YouTube also said that turning off its recommendation system on videos of children would “hurt ‘creators’ who rely on those clicks” but did say it would limit recommendations on videos it deems putting children at risk, the report said.

A YouTube spokesperson pointed to a blog post published Monday titled “An update on our efforts to protect minors and families.”

The post outlined some changes made in recent months, along with newer changes, which include limiting recommendations of “videos featuring minors in risky situations.” YouTube has also made changes to its machine learning classifier, which it said will help make it better identify videos that put minors at risk.

Read the New York Times report here.


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YouTube says forthcoming original series and specials will be free with ads

YouTube said Thursday its forthcoming original series and specials will be available for free with ads. YouTube parent Alphabet reported a sharp decline in ad revenue growth Monday, with Alphabet’s CFO saying changes to YouTube’s algorithms caused lower engagement and ad revenue growth on the site. Original shows were previously primarily available to subscribers of YouTube Premium, the company’s paid streaming service that costs $11.99 per month. The company had said it would shift its original


YouTube said Thursday its forthcoming original series and specials will be available for free with ads. YouTube parent Alphabet reported a sharp decline in ad revenue growth Monday, with Alphabet’s CFO saying changes to YouTube’s algorithms caused lower engagement and ad revenue growth on the site. Original shows were previously primarily available to subscribers of YouTube Premium, the company’s paid streaming service that costs $11.99 per month. The company had said it would shift its original
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YouTube says forthcoming original series and specials will be free with ads

YouTube said Thursday its forthcoming original series and specials will be available for free with ads.

The tech company made the announcement Thursday night at its Brandcast event as part of the IAB Digital Content Newfronts. The change gives YouTube more opportunity to partner with advertisers.

YouTube parent Alphabet reported a sharp decline in ad revenue growth Monday, with Alphabet’s CFO saying changes to YouTube’s algorithms caused lower engagement and ad revenue growth on the site. She was likely referring to changes YouTube made to curb the spread of fake news and conspiracy theories, indicating the platform may be willing to forego some short-term ad revenue for the longer health of the company.

“While every other media company is building a paywall, we are headed in the opposite direction and now have more opportunities than ever to partner with advertisers and share our critically-acclaimed originals with our global audience,” YouTube’s chief business officer Robert Kyncl said in a statement.

Original shows were previously primarily available to subscribers of YouTube Premium, the company’s paid streaming service that costs $11.99 per month. The company had said it would shift its original programming to be free and ad-supported last year.

The company said seasons one and two of “Cobra Kai” will be available free with ads this fall, and said it will announce free ad-supported premiere dates for more shows like “Impulse” and “Liza On Demand.”

The company also said YouTube TV’s 70 broadcast and cable channels would be available as their own lineup on Google Preferred (a YouTube program that lets brands advertise on the top videos) this upfront season, allowing advertisers to “zero in on live and on-demand inventory” and making it so brands “can go beyond demographics to reach audiences based on their interests,” the company said in a statement.

The company’s discussions of brand safety were brief during the presentation. Still, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said it’s a priority.

“Let me be very clear, living up to our responsibility is my number one priority,” she said. “And we are making significant progress. My leadership team and I, along with thousands of people at YouTube, are laser focused on this.”


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Alphabet had more than $70 billion in market cap wiped out, and it says YouTube is one of the problems

On Monday, after reporting that ad revenue grew 15% versus the 24% it saw a year ago, Google’s parent company Alphabet saw its stock punished. Porat didn’t expand on precisely what changes at YouTube led to the poor ad revenue growth, and Google isn’t saying anything beyond her statements from Monday. But that cleanup appears to have come at the short-term cost of ad revenue growth. Investors punished the company on Monday by vaporizing more than $70 billion from its market cap. Correction: An e


On Monday, after reporting that ad revenue grew 15% versus the 24% it saw a year ago, Google’s parent company Alphabet saw its stock punished. Porat didn’t expand on precisely what changes at YouTube led to the poor ad revenue growth, and Google isn’t saying anything beyond her statements from Monday. But that cleanup appears to have come at the short-term cost of ad revenue growth. Investors punished the company on Monday by vaporizing more than $70 billion from its market cap. Correction: An e
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Alphabet had more than $70 billion in market cap wiped out, and it says YouTube is one of the problems

Google has a YouTube problem, according to CFO Ruth Porat.

On Monday, after reporting that ad revenue grew 15% versus the 24% it saw a year ago, Google’s parent company Alphabet saw its stock punished. It fell more than 8% Tuesday afternoon.

According to Porat, YouTube was one of the culprits.

“While YouTube clicks continue to grow at a substantial pace in the first quarter, the rate of YouTube click growth rate decelerated versus a strong Q1 last year, reflecting changes that we made in early 2018, which we believe are overall additive to the user and advertiser experience,” Porat said on the company’s earnings call Monday.

Porat didn’t expand on precisely what changes at YouTube led to the poor ad revenue growth, and Google isn’t saying anything beyond her statements from Monday.

But if you wind the clock back a year, it’s easy to see what happened.

In the first quarter of 2018, Google began making changes to YouTube’s algorithms designed to stop harmful content from appearing in the feed of recommended videos you see on the side of a video page.

The goal was to make it harder to find videos full of conspiracy theories, fake news and all that other detritus that occasionally sent advertisers fleeing from the platform. Instead of YouTube directing you to a conspiracy theory about the latest school shooting, you were shown related videos from “authoritative” news sources the company considered worthy of bringing you accurate information.

On top of that, YouTube has removed millions of channels and videos that violated the company’s harmful content policies, most notably Alex Jones.

But all of those garbage videos also kept engagement high. It kept YouTube users tuned in to their feeds beyond the video they came to watch, even if the company said they only made up less than 1% of all videos on the site.

YouTube was literally incentivized to keep its algorithms pumping junk to the top of people’s feeds so people would keep watching and the ad dollars would keep flowing. A devastating Bloomberg report earlier this month showed that for years YouTube executives ignored warnings from their own employees that the misinformation and nastiness on the site had gotten out of hand.

For a long time, they chose the money over managing the mayhem.

Today, YouTube says it’s serious about cleaning up the issues that have plagued the site for years. But that cleanup appears to have come at the short-term cost of ad revenue growth. (Although it’s possible that Porat was referring to other types of changes, or engaging in some selective disclosure to guide investors away from other reasons for the growth slowdown.)

Investors punished the company on Monday by vaporizing more than $70 billion from its market cap.

But if YouTube can fix its content problems and continue to grow beyond its nearly 2 billion users, it has a chance to benefit in the long term.

The new system is still far from perfect, as The New York Times’ Kevin Roose pointed out in an interview with YouTube’s chief product officer, Neal Mohan. It’s still possible to fall down a rabbit hole of horrible videos on YouTube. But, based on Porat’s comments, the changes were effective enough to hurt YouTube engagement.

In a statement to CNBC, a Google spokesperson downplayed the amount of revenue generated by bad content on YouTube. The statement did not address the impact removing that content had on revenue growth.

“There’s a misconception that YouTube makes money off of recommending ‘radical’ content, but the truth is that very little of this content makes any kind of meaningful money. In fact, when we cleaned up our partner program to remove bad actors last year, we made it clear that 99% of those impacted creators were making less than $100 a year,” the statement said.

Still, analysts on Tuesday didn’t sound too worried about YouTube’s longer-term prospects, and cautioned there are other factors playing into the ad growth deceleration.

“YouTube has increased its focus on responsibility and safety, and it adjusted its algorithm in 1Q to reduce recommendations of content that comes close to violating guidelines or is misinformed or harmful,” J.P. Morgan analysts wrote in a research note Tuesday morning. They added that, “we don’t think there’s a single clear answer for Google’s [deceleration], but a number of factors are at work.”

With billions in market cap gone and analysts already downgrading Alphabet’s stock, the biggest question surrounding YouTube today is whether it will continue making improvements to curb the spread of toxic content or be shocked back into inaction for the benefit of its shareholders.

Correction: An earlier version of this story linked to the wrong YouTube blog post announcing changes to content moderation.


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Five of YouTube’s biggest markets in the world are in Asia

Each morning, the “Beyond the Valley” newsletter brings you all the latest from the vast, dynamic world of tech – outside the Silicon Valley. According to Vidyasagar, the first two markets in the world that turned to mobile ahead of desktop consumption of videos were actually Japan and South Korea. “Over the last few years, what we’ve seen in markets like India is truly astounding,” he said. We, last year, saw nearly a very, very high triple digit growth on mobile — on top of that very high volu


Each morning, the “Beyond the Valley” newsletter brings you all the latest from the vast, dynamic world of tech – outside the Silicon Valley. According to Vidyasagar, the first two markets in the world that turned to mobile ahead of desktop consumption of videos were actually Japan and South Korea. “Over the last few years, what we’ve seen in markets like India is truly astounding,” he said. We, last year, saw nearly a very, very high triple digit growth on mobile — on top of that very high volu
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YouTube has more than a billion users worldwide.

According to Vidyasagar, the first two markets in the world that turned to mobile ahead of desktop consumption of videos were actually Japan and South Korea. But others are catching up, he added.

“Over the last few years, what we’ve seen in markets like India is truly astounding,” he said. “India today has nearly 85% of its volume consumed through mobile devices. We, last year, saw nearly a very, very high triple digit growth on mobile — on top of that very high volume.”

The same is true for Southeast Asia, in markets like Thailand and Indonesia, he added.

That said, in recent years, social platforms like YouTube and others have come under regulatory scrutiny to monitor the spread of hate speech, misinformation and other kinds of banned content on their platforms.

In India, for example, a state court ordered the federal government to ban the popular Chinese video sharing app TikTok, saying it was encouraging pornography, Reuters reported. TikTok has been downloaded by nearly 300 million users so far in India, and the ban puts more than 250 jobs at risk, according to the news agency.

To live up to regulatory standards, companies like YouTube and social networking giant Facebook use a variety of tools, including artificial intelligence, to detect the presence of controversial materials on their sites.

Vidyasagar said both YouTube and Google have invested extensively in technologies like machine learning and in people, as well as implemented tools and policies, to meet regulatory standards.

“We need a mix of both machine and human interference to come together here,” he added.


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YouTube placed a link to info about 9/11 attacks under Notre Dame fire videos

YouTube’s algorithm placed a descriptive link of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks directly under a live stream video of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. The video was a live stream of the fire on France 24’s YouTube page. The link below the video, which directed to an Encyclopedia Britannica entry on the Sept. 11 attacks, was eventually removed. It appears YouTube’s algorithm interpreted the video as footage of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. A YouTube spokesperson said in an


YouTube’s algorithm placed a descriptive link of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks directly under a live stream video of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. The video was a live stream of the fire on France 24’s YouTube page. The link below the video, which directed to an Encyclopedia Britannica entry on the Sept. 11 attacks, was eventually removed. It appears YouTube’s algorithm interpreted the video as footage of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. A YouTube spokesperson said in an
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YouTube placed a link to info about 9/11 attacks under Notre Dame fire videos

YouTube’s algorithm placed a descriptive link of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks directly under a live stream video of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. The video was a live stream of the fire on France 24’s YouTube page.

The link below the video, which directed to an Encyclopedia Britannica entry on the Sept. 11 attacks, was eventually removed.

YouTube, which is run by Google, started placing links to Wikipedia and encyclopedia entries under news videos last year in an effort to curb fake news from spreading on the site.

It appears YouTube’s algorithm interpreted the video as footage of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to French police. Local media have reported the fire is being treated as an accident.

A YouTube spokesperson said in an emailed statement that the link below the video stream of the Notre Dame fire was a mistake.

“These panels are triggered algorithmically and we sometimes make the wrong call. We are disabling these panels for live streams related to the fire,” the spokesperson said.


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YouTube placed a link to info about 9/11 attacks under Notre Dame fire videos

YouTube’s algorithm placed a descriptive link of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks directly under a live stream video of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. The video was a live stream of the fire on France 24’s YouTube page. The link below the video, which directed to an Encyclopedia Britannica entry on the Sept. 11 attacks, was eventually removed. It appears YouTube’s algorithm interpreted the video as footage of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. A YouTube spokesperson said in an


YouTube’s algorithm placed a descriptive link of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks directly under a live stream video of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. The video was a live stream of the fire on France 24’s YouTube page. The link below the video, which directed to an Encyclopedia Britannica entry on the Sept. 11 attacks, was eventually removed. It appears YouTube’s algorithm interpreted the video as footage of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. A YouTube spokesperson said in an
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YouTube placed a link to info about 9/11 attacks under Notre Dame fire videos

YouTube’s algorithm placed a descriptive link of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks directly under a live stream video of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. The video was a live stream of the fire on France 24’s YouTube page.

The link below the video, which directed to an Encyclopedia Britannica entry on the Sept. 11 attacks, was eventually removed.

YouTube, which is run by Google, started placing links to Wikipedia and encyclopedia entries under news videos last year in an effort to curb fake news from spreading on the site.

It appears YouTube’s algorithm interpreted the video as footage of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, according to French police. Local media have reported the fire is being treated as an accident.

A YouTube spokesperson said in an emailed statement that the link below the video stream of the Notre Dame fire was a mistake.

“These panels are triggered algorithmically and we sometimes make the wrong call. We are disabling these panels for live streams related to the fire,” the spokesperson said.


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YouTube’s Project Bean could have brought a big pay out for Alex Jones

YouTube parent company Google did not immediately return a request for comment. A spokesperson declined to comment on the project to Bloomberg, but told the publication that “generally extreme content does not perform well on the platform.” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki pitched Project Bean to Google’s leadership team in October 2017, according to Bloomberg, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai ultimately rejected it. Pichai reportedly believed the model could amplify the filter bubble issue that was alrea


YouTube parent company Google did not immediately return a request for comment. A spokesperson declined to comment on the project to Bloomberg, but told the publication that “generally extreme content does not perform well on the platform.” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki pitched Project Bean to Google’s leadership team in October 2017, according to Bloomberg, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai ultimately rejected it. Pichai reportedly believed the model could amplify the filter bubble issue that was alrea
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YouTube's Project Bean could have brought a big pay out for Alex Jones

YouTube management was pursuing the effort in 2017 after the election of Trump, while at the same time company employees were expressing concern about the extreme nature of some of the site’s most watched videos.

YouTube parent company Google did not immediately return a request for comment. A spokesperson declined to comment on the project to Bloomberg, but told the publication that “generally extreme content does not perform well on the platform.”

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki pitched Project Bean to Google’s leadership team in October 2017, according to Bloomberg, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai ultimately rejected it. Pichai reportedly believed the model could amplify the filter bubble issue that was already troubling YouTube and other platforms.

Jones, who is known for pushing the inaccurate theory that the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre were child actors, ultimately was booted from YouTube in August. But YouTube continues to struggle to keep conspiracies off the site as well as with violent and graphic content. At the end of 2018, YouTube said it removed 7.85 million videos that violated its standards between July and September.

Watch: Twitter permanently suspends Alex Jones


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YouTube to suspend comments video featuring minors

YouTube to suspend comments video featuring minors3 Hours AgoCNBC’s Julia Boorstin reports on YouTube’s decision to remove comments on videos featuring minors. This comes after advertisers had pulled ads.


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CNBC’s Julia Boorstin reports on YouTube’s decision to remove comments on videos featuring minors. This comes after advertisers had pulled ads.


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Nestle and others have suspended YouTube ads over news of a pedophile network on the site

Disney, Nestle and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games have paused advertising on YouTube after reports of a pedophile network rampant in the comments of monetized videos, according to Bloomberg and spokespeople for the companies. The move is a familiar black eye for Google-owned YouTube, which frequently battles content moderation challenges and is losing market share of the digital advertising industry. A Nestle spokesperson confirmed, “All Nestlé companies in the U.S. have paused advertising on YouTu


Disney, Nestle and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games have paused advertising on YouTube after reports of a pedophile network rampant in the comments of monetized videos, according to Bloomberg and spokespeople for the companies. The move is a familiar black eye for Google-owned YouTube, which frequently battles content moderation challenges and is losing market share of the digital advertising industry. A Nestle spokesperson confirmed, “All Nestlé companies in the U.S. have paused advertising on YouTu
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Nestle and others have suspended YouTube ads over news of a pedophile network on the site

Disney, Nestle and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games have paused advertising on YouTube after reports of a pedophile network rampant in the comments of monetized videos, according to Bloomberg and spokespeople for the companies.

The controversy stems from reports that pedophiles have latched onto videos of young children, often girls, marking time stamps that show child nudity and objectifying the children in YouTube’s comments section. The move is a familiar black eye for Google-owned YouTube, which frequently battles content moderation challenges and is losing market share of the digital advertising industry. The platform has come under fire before for selling ads against offensive and extremist content.

A Nestle spokesperson confirmed, “All Nestlé companies in the U.S. have paused advertising on YouTube.”

“We have paused all pre-roll advertising,” said a spokesperson from Epic. “Through our advertising agency, we have reached out to Google/YouTube to determine actions they’ll take to eliminate this type of content from their service.”

Disney did not immediately return requests for comment.

Advertisers like Peloton and Grammarly issued strong statements urging YouTube to resolve the latest content challenge.

YouTube declined to comment on any specific advertisers, but said in a statement, “Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments.”

WATCH: YouTube’s top earners made $180.5 million in 2018.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-02-20  Authors: sara salinas, michael newberg
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