YouTuber PewDiePie has hit 50 million subscribers but his channel is still up and running.
YouTube megastar PewDiePie, the most popular creator on the platform, has reached 50 million followers — and the gaming vlogger and comic says he will carry through on his threat to delete the channel on Friday over a dispute with the Google-owned platform about declining page views.
PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, tweeted Thursday that he will “delete tomorrow 5pm gmt,” which would be noon Eastern in the U.S. The YouTuber notched his 50 millionth subscriber worldwide around 5 p.m. ET Thursday.
IT IS STILL UNCLEAR HOW SERIOUS KJELLBERG IS ABOUT HIS WOW TO DELETE THE CHANNEL
However, it’s still unclear how serious Kjellberg is about his vow to delete the channel.
The Swedish-born YouTuber, now based in the U.K., has a penchant for pranks and showmanship. PewDiePie (whose current profile pic on the site is of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg) has delighted in tweeting fake news about himself, and his Twitter account was briefly suspended in August after joking that he had joined the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.
PEWDIEPIE’s DECLARATION TO REBOOT HIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL AT 50 MILLION SUBS
PewDiePie’s declaration to reboot his YouTube channel at 50 million subs seems aimed at grabbing the attention of YouTube higher-ups, as well as goosing video views with his theatrics.
In a Dec. 2 video, PewDiePie declared that he would delete his channel once it hit 50 million subscribers, expressing frustration with changes YouTube apparently made to its recommended-videos section that he claimed resulted in a loss of views.
IT SEEMS THAT YOUTUBE WANTS TO PROMOTE RANDOM ASS
“It seems that YouTube wants to promote random-ass f—ing videos that you don’t give a s— about,” groused PewDiePie. “It feels like a kick in the face when they make changes and don’t tell anyone about it.” He also complained that subscribers were not being notified about new videos in their feeds, and that some were being unsubscribed from channels.
Last week he tweeted, “Some progress being made. Holding pitch forks and tourches (sic) off for now” but later posted on Twitter: “if im pulling 2mil views per video with 50mil subs id rather restart and get rid of inactive accounts and piss people off in the process thx.” Then on Dec. 5 he tweeted that “YouTube has responded and are digging into the issues.”