YouTube’s biggest star PewDiePie has announced that he’ll be taking a break from YouTube.
For now, PewDiePie has provided few details on the break and said he’ll explain more later but he’s announcing the break now to give viewers a “heads-up”:
“I am taking break from YouTube next year. I wanted to say it in advance because I made up my mind. I’m tired. I’m tired. I’m feeling very tired.”
PewDiePie added that the break will be “early next year” and he’ll be away for “a little while” but he didn’t say when or for how long the break will be.
PewDiePie didn’t provide any other reasons for taking the break. However, before announcing the break he did heavily criticize YouTube’s recent updated harassment policy and YouTube’s upcoming COPPA changes in the video and brought attention to the negative impact these policy changes have on creators.
With the updated harassment policy, PewDiePie noted that it has already resulted in the takedown of videos where YouTubers call out other YouTubers for their behavior.
He described how these types of videos are often effective at bringing attention to YouTubers who are engaging in unethical or abusive behavior and deterring the behavior on the platform.
Specifically, he pointed to the DaddyOFive controversy, Logan Paul’s dead body controversy, and several other controversies where the YouTube community called out the behavior of YouTubers because YouTube was failing to take action.
PewDiePie criticized this same policy in his previous video so perhaps frustration with the impact of this and other policies on the wider YouTube community has added to PewDiePie’s pessimism with platform.