Hello, March! We don’t know about you, but February disappeared in a flash. I’m sure we’re not alone when it comes to eagerly counting down the days until spring!
Today we’re chatting about YouTube’s serious safety issues for kids, privacy backlash surrounding Google’s Nest, Apple’s new ‘Shot on iPhone’ ads, another commercial from Nike, and a partnership that’s bringing a new level of creativity to Instagram stories.
You won’t want to miss what we’re serving up for this week’s Friday Fun, either! It’s equal parts funny and cute.
Disturbing Content Hidden in YouTube Kids Videos Alarm Parents
In seriously sad and disturbing news this week, alarm is being raised about inappropriate content on YouTube aimed at children that’s slipping through the site’s streaming filters. According to sources, suicide sequences have been found buried within children’s cartoons on both YouTube and YouTube Kids platforms.
It’s not the first time similar content aimed at children has been flagged: just last year, several complaints were made about YouTube videos that featured twisted versions of children’s shows showing torture and self-harm.
Following these recent reports, YouTube stated that they are making “constant improvements” to systems and “recognize there’s more work to do.”
Unfold Partners with Tommy Hilfiger to Launch Instagram Stories Templates
Unfold is a free mobile app that makes spicing up your Instagram Stories a cinch. This week, the company launched a limited-edition collection with Tommy Hilfiger ahead of Paris Fashion Week.
The 15-piece collection, named Unfold & Tommy, features templates and other tools specifically designed to allow users to further customize their Instagram Stories.
The collaboration demonstrates how brands are finding new ways to serve up mobile content and reach target audiences both effectively and creatively.
Google’s Nest Explains Which Products Have Microphones and Why
Ooops! After failing to disclose a device microphone in the Nest Guard tech specs, Google is addressing the backlash. Many users became worried that they had unknowingly purchased devices with microphones… and wondered what exactly those devices were listening to without their permission.
Google has since confirmed that there’s no microphone in its flagship Nest Learning Thermostat product line, but there is one in all of its home security devices, including the Nest Cam camera and Nest Hello doorbell.
While this comes as a relief for many users, the incident is another example of the commitment to consumer privacy that major tech companies should be making.
Apple’s New ‘Shot on iPhone’ Billboards Feature Photos Taken by NHL Stars
It’s not uncommon for Apple ads to feature famous faces, but this particular campaign is a little different because of who is taking the picture.
The latest partnership between the tech giant and the NHL features shots of players taken by their teammates using the iPhone XS. The candid photos began going up on Tuesday, outside the arenas of eight participating NHL teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Arizona Coyotes, Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers.
Not heading to a game anytime soon? Check out Apple’s Instagram for a peek at some of the cool shots.
Nike’s New Ad Calls for Gender Equality in Sports
Nike is pushing us to “Dream Crazier” in their follow-up ad to “Dream Crazy” that featured Colin Kaepernick. The ad highlights successful female athletes and the hurdles they’ve had to overcome as women in sport.
Check out the ad in full below.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s Oscar Performance is Meme Gold
Did you tune in last weekend for the 91stAcademy Awards? If you missed it, chances are you’ve seen a few memes and hilarious tweets floating around the Internet this week related to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s nearly NSFW performance:
— x – Jezza (@JezzaMxwll) February 25, 2019
"Gaga and Bradley are the Virtue and Moir of this year" -a real thing i just thought to myself, i'm so sorry pic.twitter.com/KKE3E0dUGw
— Kate Halliwell (@katehalliwell) February 25, 2019
We still can’t get ‘Shallow’ out of our heads! And it seems like we’re not the only ones…
Four-Year-Old Hockey Player is Mic’d Up… Hilarity Ensues
Ever wished you could get inside your child’s head? Hockey coach and dad Jeremy Rupke mic’d up his four-year-old son during a game of Timbits hockey to find out exactly what he was thinking… and the results did not disappoint!
Full video is on my YouTube channel https://t.co/PjGWXAwbgm
— Coach Jeremy (@howtohockey) February 22, 2019