Did YouTube shadowban PewDiePie’s Channel?
Something weird has been happenings to Felix Kjellberg’s YouTube channel PewDiePie. And because of those happenings, rumors are floating around that YouTube may have shadowbanned PewDiePie!
PewDiePie not appearing in the search results!
It all started when viewers tried to search for PewDiePie on YouTube, but it just wouldn’t appear. Moreover, the videos that did show up were published a year ago or longer. And his videos weren’t going to his subscribers’ sub-boxes either. This prompted Felix to share his videos on the community section of his channel.
In the comments, the fans highlighted that even community posts weren’t showing up. And that’s when a couple of the comments said that Kjellberg might have been “shadowbanned” by YouTube. Usually, YouTubers suffer a lot because of inconsistent notifications, etc. But, when all of this started happening at once to Felix, news outlets started reporting that YouTube may have “shadowbanned” PewDiePie. That got a lot of attention. And it may have been because PewDiePie is YouTube’s most famous, but also most controversial, channel.
YouTube admits that the fault is from their own end
By Thursday, YouTube had solved most of the issues. Earlier, search results would show PieDiePie’s old videos. However, now the most recent uploads from the channel top the search results.
The news spread so far and wide that YouTube had to address the issue directly on their Twitter account. They tweeted how any video that does get flagged by the algortihms= must be reviewed first before it appears in search results. And YouTube also confirmed how they don’t shadowban channels. They tweeted:
YouTube doesn’t shadowban channels. It’s possible the video was flagged by our systems as potentially violative & needs to be reviewed first before it shows up in search, etc. Note that reviews are taking longer since we have limited teams due to COVID-19.
They also shared a video in the tweet, saying how COVID-19 has impacted YouTube for content creators.
YouTube doesn't shadowban channels. It’s possible the video was flagged by our systems as potentially violative & needs to be reviewed first before it shows up in search, etc. Note that reviews are taking longer since we have limited teams due to COVID-19: https://t.co/f25cOgmwRV
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 22, 2020
Moreover, a representative of YouTube also talked to Polygon, saying:
We are hearing reports that PewDiePie’s channel and some videos are not surfacing within searches. We are currently working on fixing the issue.
For now, the search issue is resolved. But, YouTube is yet to confirm if all the issues related to PewDiePie have been resolved or not.