Post written by Abby Hopkins
YouTube has been putting out videos rewinding the year for a couple of years now. This year, however, has to be one of the worst for the platform.
It has over 10 million dislikes, beating Justin Bieber’s Baby in the most dislikes on Youtube. Some have seen this video being a huge brand video just to show the investors the “Good” bits and not the real things that are happening on Youtube like Pewdiepie’s struggle to stay number one. He wasn’t even included. As stated from an article by The Verge, “Since YouTube Rewind was first published on December 6th, the backlash has been loud and constant. Creators who starred in it, like Marques Brownlee, have addressed the controversy, while other YouTubers work on their own versions of Rewind they view as more authentic. The backlash directed at YouTube for this year’s Rewind boils down to a growing disparity between the platform’s true creator culture and the polished version that YouTube wants to present.” Even the creators who worked so hard for YouTube see them as vultures in this situation. Many people see the rewind as YouTube milking out only the prettiest things and stuff that is kid-friendly.
However, Youtube is bigger than that. At least I’d like to think so but that isn’t quite true. Youtube is drifting further and further away from its roots, leaving the best people in the dust. I really dislike the way Youtube has been over the past year and I hope this company treats its creators better in the new year.
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