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Entertainment • Feb 28, 2019

FaZe Banks, Shane Dawson, and other top creators hit out at YouTube's trending algorithm

FaZe Banks, Shane Dawson, and other top creators hit out at YouTube's trending algorithm
FaZe Banks, Shane Dawson - YouTube / YouTube

YouTube’s trending algorithm is coming under fire, after popular YouTubers like Shane Dawson, FaZe Banks, MrBeast, and more spoke out on the page’s problems.

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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.”

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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.”

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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).”

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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.

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While PewDiePie's video featuring Elon Musk managed to top the trending page for a while, many popular YouTubers are still dissatisfied with the algorithm.

YouTube stated that it would demonetize videos that could be potentially harmful to minors - even if said content fell within the site guidelines.

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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.

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