After the…um…unforgettable YouTube Rewind 2018, the video platform is promising ‘something new’ for this year’s offering. The notorious end-of-year video celebration of 2018 left a lot to be desired, and quickly became one of the most-disliked videos on YouTube thanks to its cringey nature.
At the time of writing, last year’s Rewind is sitting with 2.6 million likes to 17 million dislikes. Yikes.
The video was highly criticised not just for being a really awkward watch, but also for its focus on certain content creators over others. As the platform has grown to exponential levels it’s definitely hard to involve the highest-ranking creators on the platform – especially when the biggest on the network also happens to be the most controversial.
Although we don’t know what YouTube Rewind 2019 is going to look like, it seems the team has gone back to the drawing board with their ideas. Over on Twitter, the company shared the iconic highway meme, promising “something different. For real.”
Last year’s YouTube Rewind video dropped on December 6, so it’s seeming likely that we’ll be seeing this year’s video in the next few days.
In other YouTube news, it seems the video platform is relaxing one aspect of its rules. In a new Google support post [via Polygon], it’s been confirmed that video game violence will no longer be as heavily restricted, which could be good news for lots of people.
In the post, Team YouTube elaborates on the change, writing: “We know there’s a difference between real-world violence and scripted or simulated violence – such as what you see in movies, TV shows, or video games – so we want to make sure we’re enforcing our violent or graphic content policies consistently.”
The changes, which took effect on December 2, mean that “scripted or simulated violent content found in video games will be treated the same as other types of scripted content.”
Both content creators and viewers should notice some changes if you tend to veer towards darker Let’s Plays. Firstly, gaming videos which “include scripted or simulated violence may be approved instead of being age-restricted.”
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