09 Diciembre 2016 16:15
YouTube’s censorship of popular videos, plus a new page layout that pushes clickbait videos over subscription content, have set YouTubers on the warpath. Social media has been filled with complaints about the platform for some time now. But feelings of disaffection are now also being expressed by the platform’s superstars.PewDiePie, the most popular YouTuber in the world, has announced that he intends to delete his account once he reaches 50 million subscribers. Felix Kjellberg (his real name) has posted a video in which he complains about changes that YouTube have made to their algorithms.
He rails against the recommendations that appear in his latest videos, stating that they feel “like a kick in the face”.
He also says that he’s getting far fewer subscriptions and views than before, and claims that this is because YouTube prefers to push popular or promoted content to users instead of recommending videos from channels to which they’re subscribed.“YouTube is killing my channel,” he says. “But I’m not going to let them win. I know you’re going to think I’m joking, but I’m going to delete my channel once PewDiePie reaches 50 million.”
I've decided I'm deleting my channel at 50 million.
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) 29 de noviembre de 2016
Kjellberg doesn’t want to leave YouTube all together. He just wants to delete his channel in protest against the social network.
YouTube has released a statement addressing creators’ concerns: “We've done an extensive review and found there have been no decreases in creators’ subscriber numbers beyond what normally happens when viewers either unsubscribe from a creator's channel or when YouTube removes spammed subscribers.”
PewDiePie is just a couple of thousand subscribers away from the 50 million mark, so it won’t be long before we find out if he’s really going to go through with his threat. If he does, it may be just the start of the YouTubers’ revolution against the channel that made them all rich and famous.