By Daniel Portales
The wall street journal, one of the most well known and well regarded publications out there, fell into some controversy when one of their writers wrote a piece about the most subscribed Youtuber named Pewdiepie.
In short, they spread a story about Pewdiepie being anti-Semitic because of several clips of his channel being taken completely out of context. This was a media story that backfired in the Wall Street Journal’s reputation, but no comment or action has been taken by them since.
However recently, the Wall Street Journal has been writing several stories about Youtube putting ads on “racist” content. Many of which were written in tones that pressured advertisers to back out of putting ads on Youtube. As a result, many Youtubers notified their fans through Twitter that the amount of ads on their channels had dropped as low as 80% in some cases, and made many of them worry about their livelihood as content creators. Many people found it odd and rather suspicious that the Wall Street Journal would write articles relentlessly attacking Youtubers and Youtube as a whole, and with rather suspicious and somewhat weak evidence as well. The only real evidence presented by them were some screenshots of a single video with the N-word in the title(Which normally would deactivate ads on the website automatically due to Youtube’s algorithm regarding certain content) had ads from 3 of some of the biggest companies in the world, including Coca Cola, Starbucks, and Toyota. A Youtuber named h3h3productions would eventually lay out the situation that affects everyone and is currently investigating the circumstances behind the Wall Street Journal’s evidence, and whether it even matters in this case.
The main argument against the publication’s attack on the website is that it’s highly unlikely that ads would actually play on the video, and that the evidence presented is minimal. Even if it were true, this would simply be a mistake that’s considered an exception, and not the rule. Currently, the legitimacy of the screenshots is still being investigated.