YouTube is trying to tone down controversy over claims it has banned its second most popular content creator, PewDiePie, but fans have said the company’s explanation didn’t match what they saw on the web. platform.
Pressed to find out why PewDiePie’s followers weren’t getting notifications of her new videos and couldn’t find her channel or content in searches, the video-sharing platform tweeted Thursday that “YouTube does not ban channels. It is possible that the video has been flagged by our systems as potentially non-compliant and must first be reviewed before it appears in search etc.”
But PewDiePie fans pointed out that his channel and hundreds of his most recent videos – comprising at least a year of content – were not appearing in YouTube searches on Wednesday and Thursday.
“No, you shadowban,” a Twitter commentator said. “We all know that. Or maybe not, but if not why can’t we find your second tallest YouTuber on your app? “ Another reviewer scoffed at YouTube’s statement saying: “A lot of people haven’t done a lot in history, YouTube. You know you are guilty.
Alot of people "didn't do" alot of things in history youtube.— DrOrtmeyer ? (@DrOrtmeyer) October 22, 2020
You know you're guilty.
Nah. U shadowban people.. We all know it. Or maybe not?♂️ but if not, then why we can't find your second biggest youtuber on your app?— thasimo (@thasimo3) October 22, 2020
The issue appeared to be resolved on Friday afternoon US time, as PewDiePie’s videos appeared in searches again.
PewDiePie, real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is a 30-year-old Swedish comedian and video player who has built a following 107 million subscribers on YouTube. The single biggest channel on the video sharing platform is T-Series, an Indian music and movie service with 158 million subscribers.
Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms have been accused of shadowbanning – slowing the visibility of certain content without notifying users of any action taken or suspected violation of guidelines.
Conservative author Mike Cernovich took the accusations against YouTube one step further, saying PewDiePie was banned for arguing. Christianity. Another Twitter commenter suggested that a comment on China may have triggered YouTube defensive measures.
Kjellberg himself has yet to comment publicly on the incident.
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