It’s official: YouTube Rewind 2018 is officially the most disliked video uploaded to the online streaming platform ever. With over 11 million downvotes, this year’s edition of what YouTube considers the biggest trends among its army of content creators has been panned by users all over the world. The video has close to 127 million views in total, with only 2.2 million upvotes in comparison, and recently overtook Justin Bieber’s Baby music video to become the most downvoted video on the platform.
One of YouTube‘s own videos achieving this not-so-pleasant record can largely be credited to an orchestrated campaign on Reddit, meant to send a message. Redditors have been posting memes and calling on the community to remove their downvotes from Baby and specifically give a thumbs-down to YouTube Rewind 2018, as it is considered to be the worst edition of the annual video series so far. Users have criticized the choice of topics, the content creators featuring in the video (some of whom aren’t even that popular on YouTube) and the general theme of the video as being largely detached from reality.
Thanks to the creators that took part in Rewind, and the community that responded. We hear what you're saying, and we want to make next year better for all of you. Watch this space!
— YouTube (@YouTube) December 13, 2018
Fortunately, YouTube has itself taken the criticism well and received the message loud and clear, with tweets accepting the opinions of its users and poking fun at itself. It adds a somewhat positive spin to the affair, and will hopefully put the long-drawn chatter on the topic to an end. YouTube Rewind 2018 premiered on December 6, and has since then been the subject of massive criticism and, well… Downvotes.
WATCH: YouTube Rewind 2018
YouTube Rewind 2018 stars a variety of popular content creators, including Marques Brownlee, Technical Guruji and actor Will Smith, who starts off the video. Users have criticized the absence of content creator PewDiePie, who has a higher subscriber count than all other independent creators, as well as the lack of coverage of the PewDiePie Vs T-Series competition for the most subscribers on YouTube.