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YouTube Shares a Sneak Peek of Its New Video Sharing Feature, Clips



YouTube seems to be opening up more to the short-form video format after its launch of Shorts last year. The video platform has started testing a new feature to let users and creators share specific segments from videos and live streams, dubbed “Clips.” Currently it’s in beta, available only on a limited number of gaming channels. Support for the feature is also limited to desktop and Android devices as the company works through user feedback.

Until now, when sharing YouTube videos and live streams, viewers had to use its watch page URL. It was only possible to start a video at a specific time by adding specific parameters. Clips will now let users share a part of the video or a live stream — between 5 to 60 seconds — with their own attribution. 

The Creator Insider channel shared a glimpse of Clips in a video. You can test the feature by clicking on the clip icon (located beside the share button) on this video. Once you plug in a title name and choose the time stamp of the segment from the video using a slider, you can click on the “Share Clip” button to get social media sharing options.

The clip generates a unique URL that you can copy and share manually or on a specific social media platform.

Once you’ve created clips, you’ll get a clips section tab in the left sidebar to share, delete, and manage them. 

Note that the clip continues playing on loop on the existing watch page once a viewer clicks on them. The monetization settings of the video will still apply, and it could be useful for live streamers because users won’t walk away from their channels. Gaming has been huge on YouTube, the company shared that it did particularly well last year. “Clips” is going to be a useful feature to share snippets of content not just for gamers but for all kinds of video content creators to share quick, interesting moments from their videos.

Here are some limitations where Clips might not be available:

  • On videos made for kids
  • Live streams over 8 hours long
  • Premieres while they’re still live
  • If the original content is deleted, set to private, or violates the community guidelines.

You can read more about Clips in this help article and try it on any newly released videos on the Creator Insider channel.



Iran pop singer silenced, but his song remains a protest anthem



Shervin Hajipour's song "Baraye" draws on the tweets of Iranians longing for a normal life

Shervin Hajipour’s song “Baraye” draws on the tweets of Iranians longing for a normal life – Copyright Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)/AFP –

David Vujanovic

Even though he has been silenced, Iranian pop singer Shirvin Hajipour’s impassioned song in support of protests over Mahsa Amini’s death in custody remains an unofficial anthem of the movement.

The song “Baraye” notched up 40 million views on Instagram before it was deleted when Hajipour was arrested, but he has since been freed on bail and has distanced himself from politics, likely as a condition for his release.

Baraye, the Persian word “For” or “Because”, is composed of tweets about the protests and highlights longings people have for things lacking in sanctions-hit Iran, where many complain of hardship caused by economic mismanagement.

It also draws on everyday activities that have landed people in trouble with the authorities in the Islamic republic.

“For the sake of dancing in the streets; Because of the fear felt while kissing; For my sister, your sister, your sisters,” the song’s lyrics say.


“Because of the embarrassment of an empty pocket; Because we are longing for a normal life… Because of this polluted air.”

Baraye has been heard played loudly at night from apartment blocks in Iran to show support for protests sparked by Amini’s death on September 16, after the notorious morality police arrested her for allegedly breaching rules requiring women to wear hijab headscarves and modest clothes.

It was also sung with gusto by the Iranian diaspora at rallies in more than 150 cities around the world at the weekend.

In one clip shared by the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, a group of schoolgirls without headscarves is seen singing Baraye in class with their backs to the camera.

The tune was removed from Hajipour’s Instagram account shortly after his arrest but is still widely available on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube.

– ‘Because of forced Instagram stories’ –

Hajipour’s lawyer Majid Kaveh said he was released on bail at noon on Tuesday.

The reformist Shargh newspaper said his family had been informed of his arrest in the northern city of Sari on Saturday, in a report that cited his sister Kamand Hajipour.


She had said in an Instagram post that her parents had been informed of his arrest in a call from the city’s intelligence ministry offices.

Shortly after his release, Hajipour was back on Instagram, but this time to apologise and distance himself from politics.

“I’m here to say I’m okay,” he told his 1.9 million followers on the platform.

“But I’m sorry that some particular movements based outside of Iran — which I have had no relations with — made some improper political uses of this song.

“I would not swap this (country) for anywhere else and I will stay for my homeland, my flag, my people, and I will sing.

“I don’t want to be a plaything for those who do not think of me, you or this country,” he added.

In response to his post, many on Twitter suggested the line “Because of forced Instagram stories” should be added to the lyrics of the song.

Human rights groups including Article 19 have repeatedly called on Iran to end its use of forced confessions, which they say are false and extracted under duress or even torture.


In one recent case, a young Iranian woman, Sepideh Rashno, disappeared after becoming involved in a dispute on a Tehran bus with another woman who accused her of removing her headscarf.

She was held by the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and appeared on television in what activists said was a forced confession before being released on bail in late August.

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