Today, as the unprecedented COVID-19 situation continues, Google outlined how it’s reducing the need for people to come into its offices while ensuring that its products continue to operate for everyone. We are committed to keeping the YouTube community informed about our actions related to COVID-19 in a dedicated location in our help center. Here is our update from last week; below is some more information about the reduction of in-office staffing as it relates to YouTube:

We have teams at YouTube, as well as partner companies, that help us support and protect the YouTube community—from people who respond to user and creator questions, to reviewers who evaluate videos for possible policy violations. These teams and companies are staffed by thousands of people dedicated to helping users and creators. As the coronavirus response evolves, we are taking the steps needed to prioritize the well-being of our employees, our extended workforce, and the communities where they live, including reducing in-office staffing in certain sites.

Our Community Guidelines enforcement today is based on a combination of people and technology: Machine learning helps detect potentially harmful content and then sends it to human reviewers for assessment. As a result of the new measures we’re taking, we will temporarily start relying more on technology to help with some of the work normally done by reviewers. This means automated systems will start removing some content without human review, so we can continue to act quickly to remove violative content and protect our ecosystem, while we have workplace protections in place.

As we do this, users and creators may see increased video removals, including some videos that may not violate policies. We won’t issue strikes on this content except in cases where we have high confidence that it’s violative. If creators think that their content was removed in error, they can appeal the decision and our teams will take a look. However, note that our workforce precautions will also result in delayed appeal reviews. We’ll also be more cautious about what content gets promoted, including livestreams. In some cases, unreviewed content may not be available via search, on the homepage, or in recommendations.

All eligible creators will still be able to monetize videos and this does not change the updates on monetization of coronavirus-related videos we shared last week. And we’ll continue to enforce our policies regarding coronavirus content, including removing videos that discourage people from seeking medical treatment or claim harmful substances have health benefits.

The situation with coronavirus continues to change day by day, and we’ll continue to take the steps needed to protect our teams and the communities where they live. This may affect additional types of YouTube user and creator support and reviews, such as applications for the YouTube partner program or responses on social media. To stay up-to-date on any changes in our services—and our broader response to the coronavirus—continue to check the help center.

We recognize this may be a disruption for users and creators, but know this is the right thing to do for the people who work to keep YouTube safe and for the broader community. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we take these steps during this challenging time.


Dear Interabang friends and readers,

Today, heeding the calls of public health officials at national, state, and local levels, we announce the decision to curtail in-store shopping at Interabang Books from Friday forward, for an indefinite number of weeks. This change is a crucial step in being a good global citizen, but as our supporters surely realize, it is not a change we take lightly. 

Fortunately, a great deal is not changing: 

You can order online 24/7 at or call 214-484-4289 to place a phone order during business hours, as always. Your books can be mailed anywhere in the USA (now free of charge with code FREESHIP). 
You can also request curbside pickup of your book orders, a new service: When your orders come in, we will call you confirming their arrival and payment, then arrange to meet your car as you drive up to the bookstore. 

Going forward, you can shop within the store by appointment, and also through our concierge service: Our booksellers are ready to make recommendations or choices to help find reading (or find gifts) for those staying close to home. Email or call 214-484-4289 so we can assist you. We look forward to it! We will still be on hand at the store.

As you know, in order to protect everyone’s health during the pandemic, Interabang has already been rescheduling author appearances and other gatherings set for the weeks ahead. Last week we implemented protocols to sanitize surfaces as well as to observe “social distancing.” Expert guidance has become more far-reaching, however. To safeguard our community and our customers, we must modify the bookstore’s daily operations.

You will see these changes (including curtailed in-store shopping) beginning on Friday, although all the services described above are available to you now, without delay. If you wish to come by Wednesday or Thursday and select some books, puzzles, games, or gifts in person as you have customarily done, we welcome you. We would love to see you. We look forward to providing you with reading, comfort, and pleasant diversion as we see each other through an event without precedent in our lifetime.

Your friends at Interabang Books


Bright Eyes Vision is committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community. We sincerely hope you, your friends and family are healthy during these stressful times. We want to inform you on actions we are taking to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 at Bright Eyes Vision. We kindly ask all patients to enter our office alone unless you are under the age of 18 or need assistance. We are limiting the number of individuals in our office at one time to 10. Cleanliness is a top priority of our practice and we frequently sanitize all areas. We are offering curbside pick up for your eyewear and contact lens orders. Simply call or text us (214-823-6470) and we'll meet you at your car! If you have a fever, feel ill, have a cough, have travelled internationally in the last 14 days, are over the age of 65 or are immuno-compromised, please text or call us and we will reschedule your visit. Thank you for trusting your eye health and vision to us at Bright Eyes Vision. 

-Dr. Tran, Dr. Le, and the Bright Eyes Vision team