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Youtube removes videos that help students cheat

Youtube removes videos that help students cheat
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The thing about school is that few people really, truly enjoyed going. For most of us, it was a thing we had to do while growing up because our parents (and society) made us.

Many went on to further their education after high school, but even they probably did not really enjoy putting in all the work that getting a good education required. After all, no one enjoys doing homework, taking tests or writing essays, right?

Right? At least, that's the general understanding, which is why certain people and companies have done what they can to help students cheat. For a price, you could get almost anything that would help you improve your grades and test scores.

Cheating isn't right

You probably do not have to look too hard to find a way to cheat, but at the very least YouTube is trying to stay above the idea. Recently, the company removed hundreds of channels because a BBC investigation revealed they promoted an essay-writing service that would take care of the work for students.

Specifically, the channels promoted a site called EduBirdie. Based in Ukraine, it allows students to buy essays. According to the site itself, essays start at $18 per page and are composed by writers who have a very high success rate.

Customers only pay after they are satisfied with the paper, as there are no limits on revisions, and they will get the paper done within a 3-hour time limit. It's all much easier than writing them, though it's not exactly an ethical way to make it through school.

YouTube feels a responsibility

While selling ads on YouTube is not against policy, there is some gray area with regards to what kind of ads and businesses can be promoted. In this case, YouTube said a company that leads to students cheating goes against its policies, and therefore are not allowed on the site.

It falls under YouTube's restricted products, of which Academic Aids is one. The site's policy reads:

"Advertising is not permitted for academic aids. This includes "test-taking" services, in which someone takes an exam for someone else, and academic paper-writing services, providing customised/prewritten theses, dissertations, etc."

While this may be against policies, both with YouTube and educational institutions, EduBirdie exists because there is a big market for its services. In a statement given to the BBC, the company said it gave its YouTube influencers freedom to present the service in a way they felt would best relate to their viewers.

Since you do not cheat, you are smart. But are you smarter than your friends?

Have you heard of "HQ," the app that has taken the world by storm? Released last summer for iOS and in December for Android, it is a free trivia-based game that pits people against each other to see who can answer every question correct. If you are unfamiliar with it, read on.

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