Like the rest of the world, Canadians fell down many a YouTube hole this year, and now the list of most-watched videos have been revealed. I was a little surprised not to see some K-pop on there, given it was big enough to be referenced several times in the video itself.
I write about drag queens. And like last year's video, Youtube Rewind 2018 is already racking up thousands of dislikes.More news: Huawei CFO committed fraud in breach of USA sanctions, prosecutors say
This time around, the Rewind was also properly joined by the tech and animator channels and they all paid tribute to the trending topics of 2018: Powerful women, Kpop, standing up for mental health, and Fortnite. and "Baby Shark". YouTube's head of culture and trends, Kevin Allocca, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss this year's list.
YouTube Singapore also released its second Rising Creators List to highlight emerging producers who have had significant subscriber growth over the past year. But none of these show up in YouTube Rewind 2018. There were also viral clips like YouTube couple Liza Koshy and David Dobrik's breakup announcement, the great "Laurel or Yanny" debate, and the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan to help round out the list of the highest trending clips.
It is odd though that some of the bigger YouTubers were not participating this year.More news: Another radio station pulls 'Baby It's Cold Outside' from the airwaves
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande's pop-culture-inflected video for "Thank U, Next", which dropped November 30, broke the YouTube record for most views in 24 hours (with 55.4 million). Paul was not included in YouTube's end-of-the-year video, either. It was quickly pointed out that while Will Smith kicked off the video and Fortnite was featured, the forces behind the annual recap left out the likes of Shane Dawson, who has amassed more than 19 million followers and whose series' of Jake Paul and Jeffree Star videos easily averaged more than 20 million views each.
Though YouTube said its content creators "controlled" the direction of its roundup, the platform's community largely-and vehemently-disagrees.More news: Disappearance of missing backpacker in Auckland being treated as murder