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 become concerned that the 30-year-old was shadowbanned by Google after his channel disappeared from the platform’s search function.
Fan 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.
BREAKING NEWS THAT WILL MOST DEFINITELY CHANGE YOUR LIFE: Pewdiepie may have been shadowbanned by YouTube. His channel no longer appears in search, and only 1 of his videos appears in top search results. His latest video got 34k views, 1k comments, 4.8k likes in 1 hour. pic.twitter.com/iCAffe4DZY
While it’s unclear whether the popular entertainer actually is shadowbanned, 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.
YouTube’s support account also briefly addressed the situation by replying to his fans reporting the issue, simply stating “e’re looking into it and we’ll update you once we know more.” Although they didn’t confirm whether this was a bug or intentional.
At the time of writing, Google has not made a statement on the status of PewDiePie’s account. If he has been shadowbanned, the move would be curious given the company signed a multi-million dollar streaming deal with him back in May.
No doubt as more fans get wind of this, there will be more pressure put on the site to resolve the issue. It could also have just been a mistake or an error with the platform’s backend. But for the time being, something appears to be amiss with the world’s biggest content creator’s YouTube channel.
100 Thieves have officially announced that their 100T Cash App Compound will be a Los Angeles County polling site for voters to use during the 2020 United States election period.
Amidst one of the more sociopolitically turbulent periods in recent American history, sports and esports organizations have made efforts to transcend their cultural niches. For decades, marketing activations have used celebrities as spokespeople, pushing voters to overcome American political apathy.
These have largely proved inconsequential, as the American turnout rate for voters among eligible citizens has not surpassed 60-plus percent since 1968. But, following the NBA and NFL’s historic immersions into political discourse, sports and esports are no longer dubbing politics taboo and, instead, are pushing people to get informed and involved.
As such, with numerous NBA and NFL organizations already committing their stadiums as voting locations for 2020, 100 Thieves have officially made their new compound a polling site as well. Alongside a prepared statement, 100T founder Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag also tweeted the announcement to his 2.7 million followers.
Nadeshot is right to be proud, as the 100T compound should serve as an excellent polling site. Opened in January 2020, the 15,000 square-foot headquarters is the largest esport facility in the U.S. and, as such, a perfect candidate for socially distanced, efficient voting.
The founder explained their intentions and gratitude in an announcement: “We’ve been looking for ways to give back to the community. We’re thankful to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder / County Clerk for the work they are doing this election season, and we’re excited to partner with them to offer up our space.”
Aside from simply enticing voters with a beautiful, new space for them to engage in political participation, the organization’s move also serves to further political discourse. Any passersby will now notice a massive “vote” mural (painted by Slick) on the compound’s walls, while the organization has called upon its fans to get engaged.
That call to action most certainly won’t fall upon deaf ears, as 100T’s audience spans over 700,000 followers on Twitter and Nadeshot’s, over 2.7 million. When you add on tweets from Cash App, Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, The Verge, and Neekolul, you find an additional 5.7 million Twitter feeds reached.
Of course, some of those followers will overlap and many won’t be in Los Angeles. But, nonetheless, in a country where over half of the citizens don’t participate in politics, at least some will get to take some cool “I voted” pictures in front of the 100T compound this election cycle.
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