Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

YouTube Red Cancels PewDiePie Show After Anti-Semitic Videos

YouTube Red Cancels PewDiePie Show After Anti-Semitic Videos

A video posted last month by Swedish web phenom PewDiePie, otherwise known by the name of Felix Kjellberg, was deemed offensive enough for Disney to terminate commercial ties with the popular YouTube star, but it appears to have not been in violation of the video hosting site's community standards.

"We've made a decision to cancel the release of Scare PewDiePie Season 2 and we're removing the PewDiePie channel from Google Preferred", a YouTube spokeswoman said.

Felix Kjellberg, who is known as PewDiePie on YouTube, has more than 50 million subscribers on the video site.

PewDiePie defended himself on Tumblr, writing: "I was trying to show how insane the modern world is, specifically some of the services available online", he wrote, continuing, "I think it's important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes".

Three of the nine videos flagged by the Journal have since been pulled down, apparently deleted by Kjellberg.

The YouTuber posted a video, which is no longer up, defending his actions, according to Engadget.

PewDiePie has more than 53 million subscribers and is the highest-paid YouTube star with $15 million (P749 million) in earnings in 2016, as reported by Forbes.

In one video - which is still live - Kjellberg paid two men to write "Death to all Jews" on a sign and dance beneath it.

It has amassed more than 14 billion views, which is also more than anyone else on YouTube.

Disney, whose Maker Studios runs Kjellberg's channels and network, said he crossed the line with some of his videos. "ORCRP006761-topic.html" class="local_link" >Google Preferred advertising program, which aggregates the most engaging and "brand safe" content from YouTube for advertisers to buy time on. But as of Monday night, Kjellberg had started to lose major business partners after he posted a series of videos that included Holocaust jokes and Nazi images.

"I make videos for my audience".

"I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary", Kjellberg insisted. As laughable as it is to believe that I might actually endorse these people, to anyone unsure on my standpoint regarding hate-based groups: "No, I don't support these people in any way".

"Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive", he admitted.

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