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YouTube CEO responds to PewDiePie over failed Rewind 2018 and demonetization

Published: 10/Feb/2019 14:33 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 12:38

by Calum Patterson

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After admitting that the 2018 YouTube rewind was “cringey”, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has responded to PewDiePie, after he thanked her for the admission, but raised more issues about the platform.

The 2018 Rewind video, which is meant to cover the year’s best moments on the platform, didn’t exactly live up to expectations, and was met with widespread disapproval, indicated by the 15 million dislikes and counting.

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PewDiePie, the most subscribed YouTuber, made his own Rewind video, titled ‘YouTube Rewind 2018 but it’s actually good’ – which unsurprisingly faired much better, with over seven million likes and less than 100,000 dislikes.

PewDiePie’s Rewind video was much more successful than the official version.

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In a blog post on February 6, Wojcicki said “Even at home, my kids told me our 2018 Rewind was “cringey.” We hear you that it didn’t accurately show the year’s key moments, nor did it reflect the YouTube you know.”

PewDiePie reacted to this admission in a video on February 7, saying “it feels, just nice to hear them say it – just admit that they messed up.” However, he also said there are more serious issues currently affecting YouTube, namely demonetization of channels and how this negatively impacts video views.

Wojcicki responded in a comment under the video, explaining: “You are right we sometimes make mistakes, but we are working hard to listen to creators and review our systems when creators are reporting issues.”

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Wojcicki responded in a comment on PewDiePie’s February 7 video.

The comment has received over 22,000 ‘thumbs up’ from viewers, so the communication is at least appreciated. The feeling of being left in the dark is something high on PewDiePie’s list of complaints, so if YouTube can be true to its promise of ‘transparency’, it will be a step in the right direction.

PewDiePie is currently one of the trending topics on YouTube, as he fights to retain his top spot from the corporate challenge of Indian production company T-Series.

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Issues around demonetization and misuse of copyright claims remain rampant on YouTube, with many creators, big and small, struggling to get answers from the people at the top. Wojcicki commenting directly on PewDiePie’s video is a rare sight, but maybe a sign for things to come.

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Twitch streamer Jinny stunned as man tries to sell her drugs on stream

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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IRL Twitch streamer Jinny was left shocked after two men tried to sell her drugs while she toured the city of Hamburg in Germany.

Jinny has grown quite a following thanks in part to her IRL traveling antics where the Korean streamer routinely has odd adventures. Her trips have resulted in her befriending waitresses at a Texas Hooters, being attacked by wild deer in Denmark, and even setting her backyard on fire.

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Now, in her most recent trip in Germany, the streamer found herself in quite an awkward position as she was offered drugs during an October 7 broadcast.

While talking to viewers, a random man suddenly began talking to her in broken English.

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“You’re lucky to be in Deutschland. My ganja is the best,” he said. “You get three for five.”

It’s unclear exactly what units of measurement the man was selling three of for five Euros, but ganja translates to marijuana or weed. The incident really shocked the IRL streamer who had no idea what he was talking about.

“I don’t speak German,” she stated as he and another man conversed in the language.

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Jinny’s chat warned her the man was selling drugs.

“Do you need ganja?” the man asked in English.

“What is ganja?” Jinny wondered. “Iguana?”

Eventually, Jinny looked at her chat and saw that her viewers were spamming translations and explaining how he was trying to sell her drugs – something she wanted no part of.

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“I don’t need ganja. It’s okay,” she laughed and went on her way. “That was very random. Do I look like I smoke weed? Uh, maybe.”

Amusingly, the streamer went on to explain that she was very confused and seriously thought the man was trying to sell her an iguana.

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“I thought he said ‘do you want to buy an iguana,’” she chuckled. “Why would I want to buy an iguana all of a sudden?”

Luckily, Jinny wasn’t forced into buying any drugs or reptiles during her encounter, but it just goes to show that even when a camera is rolling, weird stuff happens on a regular basis.