YouTube has revealed that it won’t be releasing its yearly Rewind video for this year. This is the first time that the platform has decided to do so since debuting feature video back in 2010.
For those unfamiliar, YouTube Rewind is an annual highlight reel that features the platform’s most popular creators and content of the year. However, the platform has acknowledged that 2020 is indeed a rollercoaster of a year for everyone, namely due to the ongoing COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
About Rewind this year. pic.twitter.com/oVayH8iyqG
— YouTube (@YouTube) November 12, 2020
“2020 has been different,” YouTube said in a statement released on Twitter. “It doesn’t feel right to carry on as if it weren’t. So, we’re taking a break from Rewind this year.” The video streaming platform then thanked all of its creators and community for their support.
While the aim of the feature video is a way for the video streaming platform to celebrate and give appreciation to its loyal community, not all Rewind videos are well received. To this day, the 2018 edition of YouTube Rewind remains to be one of the most disliked video on the platform due to the controversies surrounding it.