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YouTube is a video hosting service created by former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. It was acquired by Google in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion and continues to operate as one of Google's subsidiaries. The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, and comment on videos, and it makes use of WebM, H.265/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and media videos. Available content includes but is not limited to video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, video blogs (vlogs), short original videos, and educational videos.

Most content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, but media corporations such as CBS, the BBC, Vevo, Hulu, and other organizations offer some of their material via YouTube, as part of the YouTube partnership program. Unregistered users can watch videos on the site, but are encouraged to register in order to upload and add comments to videos. Videos deemed potentially offensive are available only to registered users who are at least 18 years old.

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