YouTube to invest in education content generation from so-called EduTubers
This follows the launch of YouTube Learning, an initiative to support all those who use YouTube to share their knowledge
Submitted by Alex on the 24th October 2018 at 11:29:am
According to a press-release on the YouTube blog, it has been announced that the world's largest video-sharing platform will be launching a new feature entitle, 'YouTube Learning' which will be the product of investing in educational creators, resources, and tools for those who create and post education content, also known as 'EduTubers', which I feel is a slightly forced and silly name.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that YouTube will be investing $20m to expand this initiative as they strive to make YouTube even better for educators and learners. The video-giant has been under-fire recently due to its lack of ability to block users who violate their policies of sharing graphic material and have been further crticised by viewers and YouTubers alike for the YouTube's algorithmic process of detecting and removing adult-themed videos which are deliberately aimed at children.
Channels which could be directly benefitted by the cash-injection include PhysicsGirl, VSauce and my personal favourite, The Infographics Show.
Although a noble cause for one of the most wide-reaching platforms to get behind, it can't help but be said that perhaps YouTube should focus their time and money on more pressing issues with their service such as stamping out extremist content they host before worrying about investing in videos that teach us whether or not an avocado will sink or float.
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