POPULAR YouTuber PewDiePie has had one of his videos removed for violating the platform’s cyberbullying and child safety guidelines.
Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg recently released a video that was supposed to be a ‘diss track’ about the beloved children’s YouTube channel Cocomelon.
This isn’t the first time PewDiePie has caused controversyCredit: Refer to Caption
PewDiePie used his video to make fun of Cocomelon’s content and the children who watch the YouTube channel.
He said things like: “your audience is just a bunch of m***********g virgins”.
YouTube has a policy against using offensive language in videos that include children.
The famous YouTuber handed plastic weapons to children in the video and encouraged them to attack a melon.
Cocomelon is famous for children’s nursery rhymesCredit: Netflix
YouTube tweeted: “To clarify, this violated two policies 1) Child safety: by looking like it was made for kids but containing inappropriate content (incl violence) 2) Harassment: we allow criticism & also diss tracks in some cases, but w/ both policies in mind, this video crossed the line.”
PewDiePie’s channel did not get a strike from YouTube.
A first strike can get your channel frozen and multiple can end in it being removed.
Other people have tried to re-upload PewDiePie’s video but YouTube has been removing these.
PewDiePie used to be the most subscribed to person on YouTube.
He was overtaken by the Indian Bollywood studio T-Series who he also wrote a diss track about.
Cocomelon is a nursery rhyme channel with over 100 million subscribers.
It may soon overtake PewDiePie’s second place on the most subscribed to YouTube channel list.
PewDiePie’s antisemitism scandal
Here’s everything you need to know…
- In 2017, Disney announced it would be severing links with PewDiePie over several controversial videos he had released.
- Some of the videos contained references to Nazis and were found to be antisemitic.
- Among them was one clip in which he paid two Indian nationals to hold a sign saying: “Death to all Jews.”
- A statement from Disney subsidiary Maker Studios read: “Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate.”
- He courted controversy again in December 2018 after doing a shout-out to an anti-Semitic video channel.
- During his Pew News segment he directed viewers to E;R, an essayist which slips anti-Semitic and misogynistic comments into videos about anime and films.
- But the 29-year-old said he wasn’t familiar with the channel’s content and blasted what he called a “shame campaign”.
- He said: “Anyone with the level-headed brain can tell that I don’t know this guy. (It’s) a shame campaign to smear my name.”
- But in his most recent video, PewDiePie said he regretted promoting the channel and wouldn’t have done it if he was more familiar with its content.
- He added: “I removed E;R from that video.
- “If I knew then what I knew now, I wouldn’t have put him in there… I’ll be more careful in the future.”
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