Has PewDiePie's channel been shadowbanned on YouTube? - Dexerto

Has PewDiePie’s channel been shadowbanned on YouTube?

Published: 22/Oct/2020 20:01 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 7:45

by Brent Koepp


Speculation over whether Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was shadowbanned on YouTube exploded online when fans noticed that his channel no longer shows up in searches. Has the Swede been sidelined on the platform? 

For over the last decade, PewDiePie has been seen as the face of YouTube for many. With over 107 million subscribers, he is the undisputed king of the popular video website.

However on October 22, fans became concerned that the 30-year-old was shadowbanned by Google after his channel disappeared from the platform’s search function.

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YouTube: PewDiePie
The YouTuber’s channel appears to not be showing up in searches.

Was PewDiePie shadowbanned on YouTube?

Fans began to notice something was amiss on October 22 when his latest video only received 45k views after almost being up for two hours. This is unusual as his content normally gains anywhere from 300-500k in that timeframe.

Speculation kicked into overdrive when people began to notice that Kjellberg’s channel no longer shows up when searching “PewDiePie” on YouTube – which is what people claim happens when Google supposedly shadowbans an account.

Popular entertainment reporter Def Noodles covered the discovery on Twitter, and posted examples of what happens when you search the personality’s channel on the platform. Dexerto can confirm at the time of writing that his channel does not show up when searching his name – though there’s no confirmation of a shadowban occuring.

While it’s unclear whether the popular entertainer actually is shadowbanned, or if Google even does such a thing, it does appear that his latest video is getting substantially less views than it should be.

Twitter accounts began to point this out, such as one user who said, “In an hour he usually pulls in close to 500k Views. If this is true then youtube gonna be getting a lot of backlash. He hasn’t even done anything slightly controversial in a long time.”

The popular entertainer addressed the issue in a community message on October 22. “Yo, for some reason my videos aren’t showing up in sub box since yesterday so posting here,” he said, with a link to his latest upload.

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The Swedish star stated that his channel has not been working properly since October 21.

Hours after his fans began reporting the issue, YouTube officially made a statement on Twitter about the situation and explained that it was because of an error, and not a shadowban. They also apologized for “any inconvenience this has caused.”

“We are hearing reports that PewDiePie’s channel and some videos are not surfacing within searches. We are currently working on fixing the issue,” they said. YouTube’s Ryan Wyatt also added, “Update on PDP. We’re on it! Thanks to the community for flagging us, we appreciate it!”

Around 5:22pm, viewers began to report that PewDiePie’s channel had been restored in the search engine. Def Noodles covered the update on Twitter stating “Pewdiepie shadowban appears to have been fixed by YouTube. Pewdiepie’s channel is now appearing in search results as well as his latest videos. No explanation yet on what caused the glitch.”

PewDiePie supporters are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief knowing that YouTube hadn’t intentionally flagged the personality’s account, and that it was just a mistake.

Hopefully for them, his videos start appearing in their subscription boxes and everyone can soon forget about this unfortunate error.


Logan Paul explains why he’s not moving on after Josie Conseco break up

Published: 25/Nov/2020 13:10

by Alice Hearing


YouTube star Logan Paul has confirmed he and Josie Canseco are no longer together in an unplanned reveal on the Impaulsive podcast with Mike Majlak.

Logan and Josie have had a rocky relationship, separating in mid-February, and rekindling their romance in May. Logan previously described their relationship as “f**king serious. It’s pretty serious.”

But in recent weeks, fans had been speculating as to whether the pair had broken up after rumors circulated, prompted by the two unfollowing and then refollowing each other on Instagram.

But in the November 24 episode of Impaulsive, Logan confirmed the rumors were true. Mike Majlak, Logan, and George Janko were discussing the art of sliding into girls’ DMs, and appeared to accidentally land on the topic of Logan’s break-up with Josie.

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YouTube: Logan Paul
Logan and Josie had a rocky relationship from start to finish

After Mike briefly brought up the topic of why Logan would be chatting to girls, he hesitantly revealed that Josie was in fact his ex. “It might come off a little odd, these exchanges I’m having with women who aren’t my girlfriend…ex-girlfriend.”

The YouTuber added that he’d rather not reveal the details of their split, preferring to keep this part of his life private. “I’ve always really valued the privacy of my relationship because my life is already pretty public so I don’t feel like either Josie or myself needs to give an explanation if we don’t feel like it.”

The trio also discussed how hard it is when a relationship is in the public eye when fans make assumptions if either side is spotted out with other people. Logan said, “It is hard when you have a relationship that is so much in the public eye.

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“You leave people guessing, like when I’m on a podcast and talking like I’m single, but I am,” before confirming that “It was a special time for both of our lives. It just didn’t end up working out.”

Logan also explained he was finding it hard to move on, “I’m not f***king around. I’m not even at flirt stage yet. There’s a hump to get over before I feel comfortable being back at it.”

In the meantime, Logan revealed that he’d bought an adorable puppy to focus all his love and attention on before trying to date again.