Peggy K's Creator Weekly: Duet AI; YouTube Community Guidelines; AdSense Policy
Happy September! This week Google announced more AI tools for Google Workspace communication and creation apps, YouTube Community Guidelines warnings will now expire if you do policy training, AdSense shocking content policy makes some exceptions for gameplay imagery, and more.
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AdSense and AdMob Policy Update: More Gameplay Imagery Allowed
On August 30 Google Publisher Restrictions were updated to make some exceptions for gameplay imagery in the Shocking Content policy. This affects AdSense, AdMob and Ad Manager publishers.
If you use gameplay images on your website or blog, now some violent imagery can be monetized with Google Ads.
Google Cloud Next: All About the AI
This week was Google Cloud Next, Google’s annual conference focused on their services for businesses, data analytics, . And, not surprisingly, generative AI was at the forefront.
Google announced updates to its suite of work and collaboration tools, including Meet meetings, Chat chat, Slides presentations and Docs documents (creatively naming products isn’t one of Google’s strengths).
Duet AI “The Future of Work”
Duet AI is Google’s “AI real-time collaborator” for its Workspace and Cloud products.
It is now a paid add-on for Google Workspace Enterprise editions.
That will put the AI tools out of the reach of many users.
However, you can sign up for Workspace Labs with your personal Google account to try out many of the AI features for free. Workspace Labs is available in US English in almost 200 countries, but appears to exclude the EU. Note that Google has not shared whether any of the newly announced AI features will be added to Workspace labs.
Create or refine draft emails based on your prompts. Learn more.
New feature: Enhanced smart reply to “draft longer personalized replies with a single tap”
Create images based on prompts. Learn more.
New Feature: Create an entire presentation based on your content in Drive and Gmail.
Suggest tables for projects based on prompts. Learn more.
Create background images using prompts. Learn more. (This is gradually rolling out)
Studio Look improves your video quality due to low light or low quality webcams. Learn more. (This is gradually rolling out)
Duet AI only: Real-time automatically translated captions in 18 languages. Learn more.
New feature: Studio Lighting and Studio Sound
New feature: Dynamic tiles and face detection to give meeting room attendees a separate tile with their name. This is rolling out soon.
New feature: “Take notes for me” will capture notes, action items, and video snippets in real time and then send a summary to participants.
New feature: “Summary so far” gives people who join late a summary of what they missed.
New feature: “Attend for me” lets Duet AI join the meeting for you, deliver your message, and ensures you get the meeting recap.
New Feature: Chat with Duet AI to “ask questions about your content, get a summary of documents shared in a space, and catch up on missed conversations.”
The New Google Chat
With the migration from Currents to Chat Spaces completed, a whole “new Google Chat” is launching. Note that some of these features will only be available to Google Workspace accounts. There will be more information when these new features become available.
Updated user interface with Material 3 design.
New unified conversation list showing updates to both direct messages (chat conversations) and spaces together.
New “intelligent home view” with “intelligent prioritization of your messages” coming early in 2024.
New shortcuts to a chronological home view, @mentions and starred conversations.
Smart chips (type @ to see suggested files to insert). This is rolling out now to both Google Workspace and personal accounts.
Improved search with a redesigned results page, with suggestions, auto-complete and “AI-based relevance ranking”.
Chat directly with Duet AI for conversation summaries, document summaries and questions about your content.
Huddles: “audio-first impromptu gatherings powered by Meet”. This will be available in Google Workspace customer preview by the end of the year.
Spaces with up to 500,000 members. This will be available in private preview for Google Workspace by the end of the year.
Google Groups integration with synchronization with Space membership. (Google Workspace only.)
Improvements to Apps in Chat.
Data loss prevention warnings and soon Google Workspace administrator customizable messages. (Google Workspace only)
Content moderation tools in the Google Workspace admin console.
More information: Announcing the launch of an enhanced Google Chat
YouTube Community Guidelines Warnings
YouTube has updated their Community Guidelines enforcement to allow creators who get a policy violation warning to go through a policy training. That will allow the warning to expire after 90 days.
Previously warnings were permanent, and a subsequent violation of the Community Guidelines would result in a strike.
YouTube has found that more than 80% of creators that received a warning never violated the Community Guidelines policies again. This new process will let that warning be removed from their channel.
Warnings are also now focused on specific policies, with the training to match.
More Video Creator Updates
In June YouTube started offering a new Fan Funding-only Partner Program tier with slightly easier eligibility requirements in the US, Canada, UK, Taiwan, and South Korea. This week the program was opened up to creators in 33 additional countries. Eventually it should be available in the 100+ countries where the full YouTube Partner Program is offered.
You can now right-click the Analytics button in YouTube Studio to open it in a new tab.That lets you easily open separate windows to compare Analytics for different pieces of content. Learn more from Creator Insider.
YouTube will now show thumbnails of exclusive content on the Channel Memberships Offer Screen. That gives viewers an idea of what content they will have access to if they become a paying member. Learn more from Creator Insider.
Photos on the Web
If you have a locked folder in Google Photos for your private images, you can now back those up to the cloud and view them on iOS, Android and the web.
A recently released study from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Tech Transparency Project (TTP) found that Facebook, Instagram, and X (Twitter) are pushing hateful and anti-semitic content. Some of the worst Nazi and white-supremicist content was pushed to teen accounts. YouTube was the only tested platform that didn’t recommend such content, presumably because they have specifically prevented their algorithm from doing that. USA Today has an overview of the studies.
With upcoming elections in the US and elsewhere, X announced they will be adding labels to posts that violate their “Civic Integrity Policy”. That policy prohibits manipulating or interfering in elections or civic processes.
Patreon has made improvements that let creators organize and showcase their content in Collections. The content is also more discoverable for Members.
More AI Updates
The Meta Privacy Center has a new section on generative AI and a Facebook form you can submit requesting information or deletion of your personal information from third parties used to train generative AI.
Snapchat’s new Dreams lets you use generative AI to create fantasy selfies based on your own photo.
Microsoft shared information on privacy and the Enterprise version of Bing Chat in Windows Copilot. Prompts and responses are not saved and chat data is not used to train the underlying Large Language Model.
Bing Chat has improved responses for maps and directions.
Microsoft Teams is working on intelligent cameras for meeting rooms. The devices can identify individual meeting room participants using face and voice recognition, determine who is speaking and create separate video tiles for individuals.
Bletchley v.3, Microsoft’s vision-language model, is being used to automatically identify “inappropriate” user-uploaded images on the Xbox platform.
At WordPress’s WordCamp, science fiction writer (and lawyer and software engineer) Ken Liu spoke about “Telling the story you want to tell”. It’s thought provoking. You can also read the award-winning short story he talks about “50 Things Every AI Working with Humans Should Know.”
If you have a Chromebook, you can get three months free of NVIDIA’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service. Check your Chromebook’s Perks Page (google.com/intl/en_us/chromebook/perks/) to see if your device is eligible.
Ryan Broderick @ The Verge if we are At the End of the Googleverse. It takes a look back at how Google Search shaped the web. His argument: “Thousands of food bloggers are searching for advice on how to optimize their blogs for Google. The advice that sits at the top of Google is bad, but they’re using it anyway, and now, their blogs all look the same. Isn’t that, in a sense, Google shaping how content is made?”
Header image: Clouds Photo by Pixabay: https://www.pexels.com/photo/grey-white-clouds-158163/ (free for commercial use)