2020 Was Too Sad for YouTube to Make a Rewind Video

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2020 Was Too Sad for YouTube to Make a Rewind Video

Folks all over the world will miss the annual cultural phenomenon, but perhaps this year it is for the best.

In 2020, the year of coronavirus, many things were cancelled, including the Olympics, the NCAA tournament, South by Southwest, the Met Gala, and just about every other large-scale festival or gathering.

You can now add YouTube’s annual Rewind video to the list of traditions that aren’t happening in 2020.

For the last ten years, YouTube has put together an annual video, including the most important and iconic events that have happened that year, focused on things created by YouTubers as well as music made that year.

This week, the Google-owned video website announced that there will not be a YouTube Rewind video for 2020, likely due to the coronavirus and other not-so-happy events that have occurred throughout the year.

“Since 2010, we’ve ended the year with Rewind, a look back at this year’s most impactful creators, videos, and trends. Whether you love itor only remember 2019Rewind was always meant to be a celebration of you, “ YouTube’s official Twitter account said Thursday. “But 2020 has been different. And it doesn’t feel right to carry on as if it weren’t. So we’re taking a break from Rewind this year.”

“We know that so much of the good that did happen in 2020 was created by all of you,” the message continued. “You’ve found ways to lift people up, help them cope, and make them laugh. You made a hard year genuinely better. Thank you for making a difference.”

The 2018 edition of the video was the most disliked YouTube video in the history of the platform, with 18 million dislikes, while the 2019 edition was better received, but still not exactly popular, with 9.2 million dislikes. The Rewind videos typically arrive on the first week in December.

The news comes after both YouTube and YouTube TV suffered an hours-long worldwide outage on Wednesday night, that made videos unwatchable for many users.

“If you’re having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you’re not alone—our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We’ll follow up here with any updates,” the company said on Twitter Wednesday night. A few hours later, Team YouTube reported that service was back. It remains unclear exactly what happened to cause the outage.

Back in September, YouTube was sued by a former content moderator, who claimed that she was traumatized by the experience while she worked for a third-party company that contracted with YouTube in 2018 and 2019. The plaintiff claimed that in the course of the work, she was made to watch “murders, abortions, child rape, animal mutilation and suicides,” as well as beheadings.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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