Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Is our children learning?

YouTube stars are paid to convince millions of young followers to cheat at school by getting 'super smart nerds' in Ukraine to do their homework

YouTube stars have been accused of promoting cheating at schools and universities after promoting essay writing services on their popular channels.
Children are being encouraged by the stars to use the work of 'super smart nerds' in Ukraine, rather than do their own homework. Some of those who have marketed the services have millions of followers.
EduBirdie, a Ukranian company, can be enlisted to 'help' students all over the world by doing their work for them.
A BBC investigation found more than 250 channels are promoting EduBirdie through adverts or verbal endorsement.

Example of a (hyper kinetic) UToober endorsing EduBirdie:

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Source (Daily Hate Mail).

11 comments:

  1. lol! This is what happens when YouTube demonitizes the smaller channels, you end up with adverts pushed by the host.

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    1. "This is what happens when YouTube demonitizes the smaller channels, you end up with adverts pushed by the host."

      Sure but they don't get my sympathy vote for pushing cheating.

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    2. ...but you would probably give YouTube or Facebook a "pass" if they simply inserted the "blurb" that they had sold at pre-determined intervals (under the "high cost of free" principle).

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    3. The BBC can avoid these "advert excesses" because they get their primary funding directly from news consumers through taxes.

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    4. "The BBC can avoid these "advert excesses" because they get their primary funding directly from news consumers through taxes."

      Hmmm... I don't see our commercial channels (ITV, C4, C5 and their +1 variants) running ads for EduBirdie. In fact the whole Sky platform is free of these ads.

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    5. And I haven't seen (at least so far) any EduBirdie ads on Google (although it owns UToob, of course).

      These UToob channels that are now complaining about loss of revenue should have thought longer and harder about getting into a fickle and ever fast changing advertising model. They should have known that if it sounds too good to be true... then it usually is.

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    6. Thats the problem with you post '68 cultural capitalists. You should never let your morality get between you, and a "sale".

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  2. Advertisers are pushing the internet towards a tv channel model for content. This is the "high-cost" of "free".

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  3. Grub Street goes high-tech!

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  4. ...now, please drop a dime in my 'Patreon' cup. ;p

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