Shane Dawson Rocks the Youtube Space AGAIN

Shane Dawson Rocks the Youtube Space AGAIN

Emma Coons, Influencer

This Wednesday, Shane Dawson, an immensely popular Youtube creator with over 20 million subscribers, shook the Youtube platform once again with his record-breaking investigative conspiracy theory video. His video, “Conspiracy Theories with Shane Dawson,” is his newest installment in his every-growing stock-pile of conspiracy deep-dives. This video, at a motion picture length of 1 hour and 44 minutes, has shaken the space receiving 15 million views in only one day. That is 625,000 views an hour. In one day. It explores several conspiracies concerning the privacy problems with your phone, “Deep Fakes” and their future uses, and even the possibly real causes of the California wildfires last year. After his smash Youtube hit last fall with “The Mind of Jake Paul,” Dawson knew he had to throw it back to his routes with his next series. For years, Dawson has made videos diving in and investigating conspiracy theories from all over, including some about possible Mattress Firm money-laundering or classics like what Area 51 really could be.

Shane Dawson’s videos do not present any conspiracy as fact, or even as a conspiracy he has made up. In the past, Dawson has just explained a conspiracy some people believe in and that has pretty much been it, but in this video, he goes further and investigates each one in depth.

The biggest controversy over Dawson’s new video is how Youtube reacted. Last week, Youtube announced it would be restricting recommendations of “borderline” videos (videos that walk the line of Youtube guidelines) including conspiracy videos. Dawson responded with a tweet taking the announcement as a challenge, but only 20 minutes after his video was posted Wednesday, Youtube flagged his video and demonetized it. Fans thought this must have been from the new guideline, but after 3 hours of demonetization, Youtube brought it back claiming it was an algorithm error, and the video should never have been demonetized. Being that the video is almost 2 hours long, it had pre and post ads, along with 6 mid-roll ads (ads that interrupt the video). With over 3 million views in those first 3 hours, people predict Dawson lost over $60,000 in revenue due to Youtube’s “error.” This has brought the question of the demonetization algorithm to light this week, and it has become the main focus of many other creators since.