One of the most followed YouTuber PewDiePie is taking a break from the very platform that made him popular. After criticising YouTube for its inability to correctly enforce the latest harassment policies, the social media celebrity in a video on his channel on Saturday, announced he’s taking a break next year. “I wanted to say it in advance because I made up my mind. I’m tired. I’m feeling very tired. I don’t know if you can tell ... early next year I’ll be away for a little while,” he said.
The blogger, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has enjoyed his status as the most popular YouTuber for a long time before T-Series bagged the award their year, drawing his sarcastic comments.
Kjellberg also deleted his Twitter account after uploading a video on Monday titled “i hate twitter.” “What I don’t like is the constant posturing that goes on there. People just can’t seem to help themselves from pointing out what is good and what is bad, or how others are bad and you are good,” he said.
His last tweet before he deleted his account took aim at the media for misleading coverage about him
But this is the not the first time he has contemplated a sabbatical in a 10 year long career as content creator. He took a small break in November 2016.
"The thing I've learned about YouTube's policies is that it doesn't matter what they say, what matters is how they enforce it," Kjellberg said in his video. "YouTube creators are degenerates, they're the worst people out there,"
But be assured that PewDiePie is NOT quitting YouTube altogether. Being relevant and thinking and creating new content on youTube requires a lot of brainstorming and can be exhausting and hence a mini break for the newly married content creator.
PewDiePie added that the site is becoming “a cesspool of opinion.” “We don’t reward the ones who say they run the fastest but thanks to social media this has somewhat become backwards. You get rewarded for saying things that make you seem virtuous rather than acting on it," he added.
PewDiePie became the first individual creator to reach 100 million subscribers on YouTube in August, making him one of the most popular creators on the platform. According to Forbes, Kjellberg raked in $15.5 million in 2018. The YouTuber is also one of the most controversial creator and often has been called ‘rascist’ and ‘anti-semitist’ by his followers.