Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly is the most-watched video among world leaders on the UN’s YouTube page. With more than 170,000 views since it was uploaded on on September 25, Imran takes the lead on US President Donald Trump’s UNGA address which has close to 140,000 views since it was uploaded on September 22. In third place is Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s speech.
The Supreme Court hinted at another YouTube ban a day ago, completely dismissing the fact that the last three year ban caused an approximate loss of Rs. 1.4 billion in revenues. The people of Pakistan are not happy with the news, as YouTube is not only a source of entertainment for people, but also creates employment opportunities for thousands.
Pakistani actors and politicians have shunned the idea of another possible YouTube ban in the country after Supreme Court hinted it might take action against social media sites. Actors Mehwish Hayat, Zara Noor Abbas and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan, Tania Aidrus, and Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to oppose the ban.
Hamako Mori is a 90-year-old Japanese woman who has been awing the YouTube community with her gaming skills since 2015. Her name is also registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s oldest YouTube gamer. Mori has been gaming for 39 years and her channel “Gamer Grandma” has over 270,000 YouTube subscribers where she posts a video every week.
The Turkish television series Ertugrul has become a super-hit across Asia as Pakistan television channel PTV is trying to make the most out of this. It is mobilising fans and viewers to break a YouTube world record. The show gained a strong fan base in the country after Prime Minister Imran Khan had urged people to watch it.
YouTube, the world’s biggest online video-sharing platform, will give the Pakistan government $5 million to combat the spreading coronavirus. .In a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki mentioned about the grant to help control the spread of the virus in Pakistan. She said that it is also to compensate people affected due to the pandemic.
Netflix has made some educational films and series available on YouTube for free including Our Planet and Explained at the request of teachers. The move comes as coronavirus outbreak has confined millions of students to their homes, compelling educational institutions to tap virtual tools to keep the classes running. The decision to make some content free on YouTube is a rare exception to Netflix’s marketing strategy as it charges a monthly subscription fee from users.
In its latest terms of service set to commence from December 10, YouTube could easily delete your account if the channel is not profitable. The section title titled “Account Suspension & Termination” has made content creators very nervous. This also means that creators could lose out on their Gmail, Google Photos and documents if they are no longer profitable on the video platform.
Karachi-based Pakistani tech vlogger Ameer Dagha, founder of ReviewsPK has been awarded a Silver YouTube Play Button for having surpassed 100,000 subscribers. Dagha, who currently has 130,000 subscribers, provides insightful reviews on mobile phones in Urdu. The Silver Play Button won by Dagha makes the channel eligible to apply for the verification badge which just adds more credibility to it.
Ryan, a 7-year-old, who runs a popular toy-review channel on YouTube called Ryan ToysReview makes $22 million per year, making him the highest earning YouTuber of the world. The elementary-school kid jumped from No. 8 to No. 1 from 2017-2018 on Forbes’ annual list of YouTube stars who are making the most money.