3 May 2023 3 minutes Author: Cyber Witcher

OSINT investigation of video sharing platforms

YouTube is an online video sharing and social networking platform that was first launched in America in February 2005 and is now owned by Google. YouTube is the second most visited website with over one billion monthly users who collectively watch over one billion hours of video every day. YouTube can be accessed through a web browser, as well as through mobile and TV apps. YouTube has influenced society by influencing pop culture, internet trends and creating influential celebrities. YouTube has also been heavily criticized for promoting misinformation, copyright issues, violating user privacy, censorship and posing a threat to children. Using YouTube, investigators can find videos posted by facilities and can find video footage of events such as crimes, accidents.

YouTube videos can be used to support subject profiles and threat assessments, allowing investigators to review events as they occur. YouTube content is also searchable by location, allowing investigators to find content filmed in a specific location. Searching for content by location can be a great way to find videos of crimes like theft or violent incidents. YouTube Metadata allows researchers to retrieve available metadata from a YouTube video, playlist, or channel. YouTube Geofind allows investigators to enter an address or find a location on the map at the top of the page to find content within a certain radius of the entered location.

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