YouTube 2018 Rewind Replaces Justin Bieber's "Baby" as Most Disliked Video on the Platform

Will Smith attends the premier event of 'Bright' at Roppongi Hills - Getty-H 2018
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This year's video has received immense backlash since it was first published on Dec. 6.

This year’s YouTube Rewind didn’t go over quite as expected, officially becoming the platform’s most disliked video today.

The 2018 Rewind video, intended to capture the year’s most influential and memorable moments, has been subject to intense backlash since it was first published on Dec. 6, with many YouTube creators deeming it “inauthentic” and fans of YouTube star PewDiePie lashing out over his omission.

Now, Rewind has surpassed Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most disliked video on the platform. While Bieber accomplished the feat over the course of eight years, the 2018 Rewind reached the milestone in about a week.

YouTube creator Marques Brownlee was one of several to offer their take on why this year’s Rewind was such a flop among the platform's community. “YouTubers and creators and audiences see it as one thing, and YouTube, who’s in charge of making it, sees it as something completely different,” Brownlee said in a video of his own.
But the startling number of dislikes is largely due to an organized campaign from PewDiePie fans, who began downvoting the video to protest the Swedish YouTuber's absence. The video game commentator — who has stirred up his fair share of controversy, including his recommendation of a channel that posts anti-Semitic videos just last week — was not included in the Rewind video despite being the site's most popular user.

YouTube personality Philip DeFranco pointed out that YouTube’s Rewind completely ignores other controversial personalities and moments from the year as well, like Logan Paul’s infamous “Suicide Forest” video. DeFranco argues that this attempt to distance themselves from possible backlash demonstrates how out of touch the platform is falling with its real community.

Check out this year's YouTube Rewind for yourself.

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