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Popular YouTubers criticize platform for new ‘stories’ feature

Published: 30/Nov/2018 23:36 Updated: 1/Dec/2018 7:09

by Virginia Glaze


Internet video platform YouTube has finally unrolled its own take on ‘stories,’ a feature begotten from social media app SnapChat, which was quickly copied by sites like Instagram and Facebook due to its popularity.

The feature, announced on November 29, had actually launched in late 2017 under a different name as “Reels.” Now, it seems the tool has undergone a serious makeover – and big-name YouTubers are already giving their two cents on the update.

News YouTuber Philip DeFranco expressed some doubt as to the tool’s longevity in a video on November 29, pointing out that users cannot reply to comments with another text-based comment, but must, instead, create a video reply.

Additionally, DeFranco noted that the feature’s staying-power ultimately depends on the community, at large – who appear to have largely mixed reactions to YouTube’s latest initiative.

YouTuber CrankGamePlays criticised the platform for rolling out the new feature rather than working on the site’s existing issues, such as “broken” sub boxes and its hotly-debated recommendation algorithm.

However, other YouTubers have noted that Stories will allow creators to largely increase their revenue, as they can be viewed by both subscribers and non-subscribers alike as a means to engage with their audience between uploads.

“Yooo, we can also get paid for stories,” popular YouTuber MrBeast wrote. “Lol youtubers about to acquire that bread if you know what I’m saying.”

Not all creators will get to take part in YouTube’s new feature, though; stories may currently only be used by YouTubers with over 10,000 subscribers, at present. 

Furthermore, YouTube’s stories will be available for a full seven days, as opposed to SnapChat and Instagram’s shorter time limit of 24 hours.


Russian Instagram influencer torches his $150,000 Mercedes on purpose

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:46

by Bill Cooney


An Instagram influencer literally set his own $150,000 Mercedes Benz on fire after he got fed up with how his local dealership was repairing it.

Several videos of Russian Instagram and YouTube star Mikhail Litvin torching the black GT 63 S went viral over the weekend, with people around the internet both amazed and horrified that someone has enough extra cash rolling around they can just send a luxury car up in flames.

But, Litvin’s display surprisingly wasn’t just a random instance of pure, nihilistic capitalism captured on film, as he claims he was sending a message to his local Mercedes dealership and the company as a whole.

The saga begins like this: Mikhail bought a brand new GT 63 S (running around $140,000 to $160,000) and somehow, broke the engine five times in a row through various automotive shenanigans.

Eventually, he became fed up with how his local Mercedes Benz dealership was repairing the vehicle each time he brought it in, even replacing the turbo kit with one purchased off of eBay at one point.

Paying to have sub-par parts installed in his car seems to have been the final straw for the Russian, who filled his trunk up with gasoline and brought plenty of cameras to a deserted field to send his vehicle off with a Viking funeral.

After bathing the car in fuel, Litvin lights a Looney Tunes-style trail from offscreen and the poor four-door goes up in a massive fireball.

Pouring gasoline on a mercedes
Mikhail Litvin/YouTube
Litvin made sure not to miss a spot.

After contemplating all the memories he had in the Mercedes while the inferno raged behind him, the YouTuber drove into the sunset with his new whip, a classic teal Lada that only needed a little bit of a running start to get going.

With over 11 million followers on Instagram and 4 million subscribers on YouTube, chances are good that Litvin will be picking up a fly new car sometime soon to replace the smoking heap that was his GT 63 S.

Exactly what he’ll replace it with remains to be seen, but we’d bet he’ll have a video out about it when he does.