Dawson published a tweet on February 27 in which he took issue with the trending page, suspecting that YouTube’s algorithm for popular content doesn’t reflect actual trends on the site.
“I wish the trending page on YouTube was real,” Dawson wrote. “I’m not trying to be shady, it just genuinely annoys me that there’s nowhere to see what’s actually trending.”
i wish the trending page on youtube was real. every time i wanna see what’s going viral i never know where to look. im not trying to be shady it just geninuinley annoys me that there’s nowhere to see what’s actually trending. anyone else feel that way? am i alone here? haha pic.twitter.com/a7HxZep44D— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) February 25, 2019
Dawson wasn’t alone in his sentiments; FaZe’s Ricky Banks echoed his thoughts, writing, “It’s been this same story for years, it sucks. ...sucks not having access to what’s actually poppin’.”
This isn’t the first time Banks has expressed dissatisfaction with YouTube, either. He called out the site during a vlog on February 24, calling the platform “dogshit.”
It’s been this same story for years, it sucks.. like you said not even as a YouTuber, but even just as a viewer.. sucks not having access to what’s actually poppin— FaZe Banks (@Banks) February 26, 2019
Popular YouTuber Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson also chimed in on the conversation, noting that YouTube’s trending page has been improving.
“To be fair, they have been getting better,” MrBeast wrote. “Yesterday, me and Pewdiepie were at the top (which never used to happen).”
To be fair, they have been getting better. Yesterday me and Pewdiepie were at the top (which never used to happen).— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) February 26, 2019
MrBeast’s statement holds true - PewDiePie’s episode of ‘Meme Review’ starring Elon Musk reigned at the top of the trending page following its long-awaited release on February 22.
While YouTube’s trending page continues to fluctuate, the site is currently in hot water with top creators for its policy on “inappropriate comments,” in response to its site-wide pedophile issue.
YouTube stated that it would demonetize videos that could be potentially harmful to minors - even if said content fell within the site guidelines.
While YouTube has expressed that this is merely a short-term solution to the problem, many YouTubers were unsatisfied with the policy, including the likes of Colleen Ballinger and CinnamonToastKen, among others.