Rumors of an obvious “shadowban” of YouTube’s largest particular person creator began swirling at this time, following stories of unusual points surrounding Felix Kjellberg’s PewDiePie channel.
When viewers tried to look PewDiePie on YouTube, his channel wouldn’t seem. Movies within the high outcomes additionally tended to be from a yr in the past or longer. Lastly, Kjellberg himself posted on the group tab of his channel, stating that his newest video apparently wasn’t going to individuals’s sub-boxes. Kjellberg didn’t return a request for remark.
Whereas a few of these points, like inconsistent notifications, are issues that plague YouTubers on occasion, having all of them occur without delay led to information channels and social media commentators saying Kjellberg had been “shadowbanned” from the service one way or the other. These shadowban claims attracted 1000’s of shares and interactions. The gist put forth by some was that YouTube was making an attempt to bury its largest (and typically controversial) creator.
As of Thursday afternoon, a few of these points seem to have been resolved — whereas a search by Polygon earlier returned principally previous PewDiePie movies, now his most up-to-date uploads populate the highest of the outcomes.
On Twitter, the official YouTube account advised followers that it doesn’t shadowban any channels, and that it was doable that the search outcomes have been influenced by the system flagging the latest uploads one way or the other. When content material is flagged, the crew must evaluation it earlier than it could present up in search — however proper now, “opinions are taking longer” because of coronavirus points.
A YouTube consultant acknowledged the difficulty to Polygon, stating, “We’re listening to stories that PewDiePie’s channel and a few movies will not be surfacing inside searches. We’re at the moment engaged on fixing the difficulty. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this has brought about.”
Whereas the search portion of the channel points appear to be resolved, YouTube hasn’t confirmed that all the issues have been addressed but. Beforehand, Kjellberg alleged that his movies had been banned from China.