PewDiePie hits back at accusations that he promoted a "scam" to fans - Dexerto

PewDiePie hits back at accusations that he promoted a “scam” to fans

Published: 9/Jun/2019 18:32 Updated: 9/Jun/2019 18:33

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg is no stranger to scandal, following the controversial ‘Subscribe to PewDiePie’ meme amid his now-defunct battle with T-Series: but this time, the Swede is coming under fire for a completely different reason.

Kjellberg addressed concerns over a mobile app that he’d advertised in an episode of ‘Pew News’ on June 7, which introduces a markedly revolutionary concept of turning a user’s time spent in the app into cryptocurrency.

The application, named ‘Nimses,’ is an “insane concept“ to PewDiePie – but critics are finding the program a bit skeevy, and voiced their concerns on the Swede’s subreddit.

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PewDiePie came across these concerns during an episode of ‘LWIAY’ on June 9, where he fought back against claims that Nimses records user data outside of the app.

“This is just demonstrably false,” Kjellberg argued. “Apps can’t do that, if you uninstall it. It’s already spreading misinformation, just in the title. Literally every single social media tracks what Nimses does. It’s a social media app.”

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The YouTube king went on to berate his overly protective fans, who he felt were digging up “false information” in an attempt to clear up the situation – which ultimately made it seem like he was advertising a malicious program.

“Everyone seems so protective of me,” PewDiePie continued. “My fans are like, ‘Oh, we need to protect him from the media stuff,’ but then you’re spreading misinformation to make it look like I’m promoting a scam. Obviously, that makes it look way worse.”

NimsesNimses’ website claims that the app is a “worldwide system which records and saves the time of a human being’s life.”

However, PewDiePie’s fanbase aren’t the only netizens skeptical of the program: tech news site ‘Kaspersky’ claims that the Ukrainian-developed app “isn’t safe so far,” noting that to earn more money in the program, users must give away their privacy piece by piece, uploading a profile picture and personal information to become “visible” to other users.

Kaspersky likewise claims that location tracking services must be enabled for Nimses to work – meaning that users must be willing to have their location tracked if they want to take part in the social media experiment.

While the app has since fixed a number of the issues raised in Kaspersky’s article, there is still an unsettling aura of unease around Nimses – a scandal that follows similar accusations surrounding PewDiePie’s involvement with livestreaming platform DLive in April.


David Dobrik responds to backlash after claiming he “hates nature”

Published: 27/Oct/2020 17:08

by Alice Hearing


After an onslaught of hateful comments, David Dobrik has responded to the backlash he faced for claiming that he “hates nature” on his Views podcast with Jason Nash.

As a huge YouTuber known for massive giveaways and wholesome content, Dobrik’s comments, if at all negative, can cause a stir among his fans. In the episode in question, Dobrik explains at length why he “hates nature,” and how outdoor activities really don’t do it for him.

“I cannot describe to you how much I f***ing hate nature,” Dobrik said. “I never knew I could be so angry at something. I was hiking in the mountains, and everybody I saw, I was just getting angry at. I was like, ‘Why are you here?’ I was so mad!”

“It feels so wrong because everybody loves nature,” he continued. “…what is so cool about something that’s been there… for millions of years! What is so cool about that? …it feels like everything I’ve worked for has been erased. I’m stuck with the dirt and the grass and the leaves.”

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Angry commenters described Dobrik as “close-minded”

Angry commenters had a lot to say about his opinions on the world around him and on his attitude about something as mundane as nature.

“I don’t justify it, but now I understand the hate that you get for being so closed-minded and kind of a d**k to your friends or the planet,” one person wrote. “I know that you have done great things like charities and donations. But DUDE, grow up a bit, you live in a bubble.”

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But in the latest episode of Views with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash, they discussed the backlash Dobrik faced and read out Dexerto’s article on the subject.

Dobrik explained that fans misunderstood his intentions: “I said I didn’t like nature and by this, I didn’t mean that I don’t care about the ecosystem where I think you shouldn’t recycle and I think you should litter. It was like I just literally do not care for walks.”

“I wasn’t joking about the actual nature but I was kind of like you guys are gonna really hate me for this. I didn’t think people would actually get mad and people are pissed.”

Since the latest episode has aired, angry commenters are nowhere to be seen. It seems that the adamant defenders of nature walks have been appeased.