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A demonstrator holds a music score while singing the “Glory to Hong Kong” protest song during a flash mob protest in Hong Kong in September 2019.
May 15, 2024
Videos of Hong Kong protest song blocked on YouTube after court order
The Court of Appeal granted an injunction that holds platforms responsible for hosting the song, exposing global internet companies to new legal risks.
James Manyika, who heads Google’s technology and society team, delivers the keynote address at Google I/O in Mountain View, California, in 2023. OpenAI, Google and Meta ignored corporate policies, altered their own rules and discussed skirting copyright law as they sought online information to train their newest artificial intelligence systems.
Apr 8, 2024
How tech giants cut corners to harvest data for AI
The companies’ actions illustrate how online information has increasingly become the lifeblood of the booming AI industry.
Chris Marchese (center), Director of NetChoice Litigation Center, speaks to the press outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Monday. In a case that could determine the future of social media in the United States, the U.S. Supreme Court was asked today to decide whether a pair of state laws that limit content moderation are constitutional.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 27, 2024
U.S. Supreme Court torn over legal bid to restrict social media moderation
Republican-backed laws in Florida and Texas are being challenged by tech industry trade groups whose members include Meta, Google, TikTok and Snap.
Fans of virtual YouTuber Selen Tatsuki and VTubers in general took to social media to express their outrage over major agency Nijisanji terminating Tatsuki’s contract.
LIFE / Digital / Japan Pulse
Feb 16, 2024
High-profile shakeups prompt scrutiny of virtual YouTuber industry
As VTubers enter a new era defined by prestige, Selen Tatsuki and Mikeneko's recent dramas demonstrate how complicated getting famous can be.
Yoshikazu Higashitani, who goes by the name GaaSyy, leaves the Tokyo Detention House on Sept. 21 after being released on bail.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 9, 2024
Four-year prison term sought for ex-lawmaker GaaSyy
GaaSyy, whose real name is Yoshikazu Higashitani, is accused of making threats against actor Go Ayano and others in online videos.
English translations of Japanese novels, like the ones seen here in a London bookstore, are getting a bump from TikTok.
Jan 25, 2024
TikTok and YouTube fuel a Japanese literature boom in Britain
Translated novels sold a total of some 2 million copies in Britain in 2023, and Japanese works accounted for one-quarter of those sold.
Around 100 YouTube channels actively deny climate change, while also spreading videos attacking solutions such as wind and solar.
Jan 17, 2024
Attacks on renewable energy are proliferating on YouTube
While videos espousing climate denial are declining across nearly 100 YouTube channels, videos attacking solutions such as wind and solar are growing.
Takuya Matsunaga, who suffered from negative social media posts after losing his wife and daughter in a high-profile car accident in 2019, speaks of his experience at a meeting held at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo in November.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 14, 2024
Japan plans legal revision for quicker deletion of defamatory posts
The bill would also require new guidelines for the deletion of posts and making it clear to users who to contact in order to file such requests.
The Osaka District Court
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 10, 2024
U.S. livestreamer fined for playing loud music in Osaka restaurant
The streamer has faced criticism for his videos, in which he makes light of the atomic bombings in Japan and makes racist comments about Japanese people.
As Japan’s borders opened back up and tourists eager to document their long-awaited trips to the country streamed back in, 2023 saw a handful of prominent content creators stir up trouble with local residents to grab attention online.
LIFE / Digital / 2023 in Review
Dec 29, 2023
Social media binged on bad behavior in 2023
Mischief makers like Johnny Somali and "sushi terrorism" instigators gained attention online amid a deluge of Japan-related content this year.
Prosecutors demanded a fine of ¥200,000 for YouTuber Johnny Somali during his trial at the Osaka District Court on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 21, 2023
Japanese prosecutors demand fine for controversial American YouTuber
According to the indictment, Ismael Ramsey Khalid, known as "Johnny Somali," obstructed a restaurant business by taking a video while playing loud music.
An Apple Store in Shanghai in September
Nov 19, 2023
Asian regulators turn focus to Big Tech
Across the region, there are indications that Big Tech may soon have to comply with standards that could become international benchmarks.
YouTuber Kazuaki Sugita in a police car in Tokyo on Monday night after being arrested for allegedly slandering a woman
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 14, 2023
Japanese YouTuber held for allegedly slandering woman in video
The police said they suspect the Tokyo resident has been producing and posting such videos to increase views for the sake of advertisement revenue.
More and more children are producing content as online influencers and generating lots of money.
Oct 31, 2023
Kidfluencers are today’s version of chimney sweeps
Protecting children from labor exploitation is difficult in the age of social media.
JR Kyushu is investigating four foreign YouTubers who seemingly took free rides on trains around the country.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 24, 2023
Railway operator investigates free-riding foreign YouTubers
A YouTuber known as Fidias posted a video of the four riding trains around Japan, apparently without paying for tickets.
Gamers compete during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2017.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 24, 2023
Twitch and YouTube curb big-money deals for gaming superstars
For years, the leading livestreaming sites have competed for top gaming talent to bolster their services.
Some of the most popular influencers can amass small fortunes before they're 18, but there are few legal protections to ensure their earnings remain their own.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 12, 2023
Child influencers make big money. Who gets it?
"I’m terrified to share my name because a digital footprint I had no control over exists."
Two American men were arrested for allegedly entering and filming a hotel construction site in Osaka's Chuo Ward without permission.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 22, 2023
Controversial U.S. livestreamer arrested over trespassing in Osaka
Ramsey Khalid Ismael, known as "Johnny Somali" on YouTube, was arrested with another American, Jeremiah Dwane Branch.
Yoshikazu Higashitani, known as GaaSyy, at Narita Airport in June
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 19, 2023
In first court hearing, ex-lawmaker GaaSyy apologizes for defamation
Yoshikazu Higashitani admitted in court Tuesday to making defamatory remarks toward celebrities in videos he posted on social media.
Yuji Okawa normally posts videos of his dog and cat to his YouTube channel, which a recent hack led to cryptocurrency and other scam uploads appearing on his account.
LIFE / Digital
Sep 16, 2023
Japanese YouTubers are hackers' newest target
Google deleted some 6.48 million videos thought to be related to fraud or other criminal activity in the first three months of this year.


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