Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, has had it with the YouTube comments and is blocking all comments on his future videos. Felix has the most popular gaming channel on YouTube and recently passed the 30 million subscribers, an impressive milestone. With that amount of followers, the spam is endless and it has become impossible to find the real comments between the spam, self-promotion and troll posts.
“I go to the comments, and it’s mainly spam, it’s people self-advertising, people that are trying to provoke, people who reply to all these…just all this stuff that, to me, it doesn’t mean anything.”
Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg doesn’t abandon his fans though, in the sense that he still would like their feedback, just not the spam. So he is considering to move the comments to either Reddit or Twitter in the hopes that it could improve the overall experience for everyone. This isn’t the first time that Felix has expressed his frustrations with the YouTube comments system, but this time the decision to block feedback on his videos seem final.
[youtube width=”800″ height=”500″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_hHKlEZ9Go[/youtube]
He explained his current predicament as a primarily functional problem. Having more than 30 million subscribers leaves him with a lot of spam and other unwanted material to sift through every single day, as he explains in the video. The usual joy when coming back from time away from the YouTube channel, like on his recent personal vacation, was gone. All the great welcome-back feedback he usually gets was buried under a pile of spam as big as ever.
“I just want to connect with you bros,” he says in the video, which went live last Friday. “That’s all I care about. If you bros aren’t with me, what’s the point, really?”
This is a very common problem on YouTube as well as many other online services, and so far no viable solution has been presented nor does it look like one is being worked on.
Still trying to figure out best way to go forward with the comments. So glad to see you bros support me with all this, really means a lot!
— Felix Kjellberg (@pewdiepie) August 31, 2014
How exactly it’s going to work is something that’s still is to be seen, as Felix himself doesn’t know yet. He posted on twitter a couple of days after the YouTube announcement that he’s still trying to figure out the best way to do this. On the road it was also discussed to make the comment section open to people who donated to charity, that however seemed an impossible thing to create and unrealistic.
When it comes to Mr. Bros’ PewDiePie there are two options, either you like him or you don’t. There isn’t really a middle way, just like it is with Linus. His decision to block the YouTube comments however is something I think we all can agree on. Personally I’ve stopped even looking through YouTube comments a long time ago, as only one our of hundreds is worth the time it takes to read.
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Image and Video courtesy of PewDiePie.