YouTube Shadowbans Its Top Creator, Pewdiepie


YouTube is trying to ease controversy over allegations that it shadowbanned its second-most-popular content creator, PewDiePie, but his fans said the company’s explanation didn’t match up with what they saw on the platform.

Pressed for answers as to why PewDiePie subscribers weren’t receiving notifications of his new videos and weren’t able to find his channel or content in searches, the video-sharing platform tweeted on Thursday that “YouTube doesn’t shadowban channels. It’s possible the video was flagged by our systems as potentially violative and needs to be reviewed first before it shows up in search, etc.”

But PewDiePie fans pointed out that his channel and hundreds of his most recent videos – comprising at least one year’s worth of content – weren’t showing up in YouTube searches on Wednesday and Thursday.


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