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Malaysia says won’t restrict social media videos after outcry

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia insisted Thursday it would not use decades-old laws to stop people posting videos on social media, backtracking on earlier comments that sparked concerns about worsening freedom of expression.

Communications Minister Saifuddin Abdullah told parliament earlier Thursday that the law required people in Malaysia to get official permission to make any video — even those intended for social media platforms such as TikTok.

His comments sparked a storm of criticism from opposition lawmakers and social media users concerned the government was trying to silence dissent, as well as mockery online.

The remarks were triggered by a row over an Al Jazeera documentary made in Malaysia which has infuriated officials, who claim the Qatar-based broadcaster did not get the necessary licence.

Al Jazeera insists it did not need one for the programme — prompting Saifuddin to make the remarks.

However, hours later, he released a statement saying

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How ‘hatewank’ videos became a tool for harassing women in the public eye

How 'hatewank' videos became a tool for harassing women in the public eye
How ‘hatewank’ videos became a tool for harassing women in the public eye

In March, one of British journalist Ash Sarkar’s Twitter followers informed her there were “hatewank” videos featuring images of her on a porn website. One of the videos was titled “racist hatewank for Ash Sarkar” and it had been uploaded onto xHamster.

It was during a time when there was a particular uptick in racist online harassment targeting Sarkar, who’s a prominent political journalist and broadcaster in the UK. As a Muslim woman, she is frequently subjected to racist, misogynistic, and highly sexualised abuse. “The racist hatewank was literally a guy masturbating to images of me,” Sarkar told me over the phone. “After I’d read this tweet that it was out there, my partner was the one who looked it up to confirm that it was all there.” Sarkar discovered that photographs of her wearing bikinis had

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How to download YouTube videos

How to download YouTube videos
How to download YouTube videos

In this time of ubiquitous internet and abundance of content, downloading videos to your hard drive is rarely necessary. But sometimes, an important video can be hard to find, or can even be permanently removed from a platform, in which case it’s not a bad idea to have a personal copy.

Say you’ve encountered a cool YouTube video and want to download it for your archive to make sure you still have it in case it disappears. YouTube has no easy “download” button, so how do you download a video off the platform?

Fortunately, there are a few ways to grab a YouTube video fairly easily, and in good quality. However, before we continue, note that downloading videos from the regular, free version of YouTube is against the site’s terms of service. And this brings another problem: Because of this, many of the ways to

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Liza Koshy apologized after old videos of her and David Dobrik mocking the Japanese accent resurfaced

Liza Koshy and David Dobrik, then a couple, are under fire for a pair of 2016 videos.
Liza Koshy and David Dobrik, then a couple, are under fire for a pair of 2016 videos.

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  • Liza Koshy has apologized for racist jokes in old videos filmed with her then-boyfriend and fellow YouTube superstar David Dobrik.

  • Two videos re-emerged from 2016 of her and Dobrik trying Japanese candy.

  • The pair used mock-Japanese accents, which a TikTok user called a “clear example of the normalized racism against Asians.”

  • Koshy said in her statement she never had any intention to be racist, and was sorry for any hurt she caused.

  • She said she thought her jokes were “innocent” at the time, but now realizes they are “tainted with implicit bias.”

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Liza Koshy posted a lengthy statement on Twitter apologizing for racially insensitive jokes in two of her past videos. She said she has experienced prejudice her whole life, but didn’t realize the

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