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Entertainment • Apr 01, 2019

April Fools' or hacked? Social Blade features altered PewDiePie and T-Series pages

April Fools' or hacked? Social Blade features altered PewDiePie and T-Series pages

The Social Blade pages for both Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg and Indian Bollywood production company T-Series have been hilariously altered following the release of the Swede’s latest diss track, on YouTubeCongratulations.

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PewDiePie and T-Series have been embroiled in a bitter feud since September 2018, with the channels jostling for position as the most subscribed YouTube channel in the world.

Fans of both channels have been heavily invested in the battle for YouTube supremacy, and it appears some have taken the rivalry to heart, hacking both pages in an attempt to show their support for both T-Series and PewDiePie.  While T-Series had finally overhauled the YouTube star, Kjellberg has somehow managed to find himself back ahead of the Bollywood entertainment juggernaut.

PewDiePie is back in front of T-Series as the most subscribed YouTube channel.

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What happened to PewDiePie and T-Series’ Social Blade accounts?

First noticed on Monday, April 1, an unidentified user took control of both the PewDiePie and T-Series pages on Social Blade.

On the Swede’s page, the grade on the YouTuber's page changed to “Clown,” while his Subscriber, Video View and Social Blade rank all sank to 99,999,999th. PewDiePie’s video views and subscribers for the last 30 days were also removed, while also editing his estimated monthly and yearly earnings to be one unit of a cryptocurrency named RavenCoin.

PewDiePie was labelled as a clown on Social Blade.

T-Series’ page was also changed, with their grade edited to “Boss,” ranking them at number one across all of Social Blade’s statistics with 10,000,000 video views and subscribers for the past 30 days.

T-Series' Social Blade received a boost in statistics.

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The pages continue to receive updates throughout the day, with PewDiePie currently being referred to as a "Champion," a much nicer term that he was previously given. 

PewDiePie has since received a new title on his Social Blade page.

Who is editing PewDiePie and T-Series’ Social Blades and why?

It’s currently unknown who took control of the two pages on April 1, but many have surmised that it’s likely some sort of April Fools' Day joke, either by Social Blade themselves or by fans of the two channels. 

Some believe that it may be hackers, in response to PewDiePie’s latest diss track ‘Congratulations’, which took jabs at the company who unseated him at the top of YouTube including claims that T-Series sold pirated songs.

Nobody has officially claimed responsibility for the changes yet, but we’ll be sure to update this article as more information becomes available.

UPDATE

Timothy Cole, a software engineer at Social Blade, has confirmed that the changes to profiles on Social Blade were done by members of the community since "updating everyone's stats all the time is hard work" and they want to let "the community take over and help [them] keep everyone up to date."

While the changes may only be temporary, they will still be yet another event to add into the ever-growing timeline of events throughout the PewDiePie vs T-Series saga.

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