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Does anyone know why Phil Defranco deleted 2 billion views worth of videos on June 24?

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I keep an eye on his stats since he uploads really consistently, making him an interesting test case for how YouTube is handling popular, but controversial content.

 

All I see is that 2B views are gone.

 

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not gonna lie i wondered whether you'd finally gone off the deep end of video titles


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Quote from the above reddit post from u/RebirthCross:

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I think this is around the tine he bought his channel back from Discover. Even his vlog channel got scrubbed.

i do remember at one point he would ask fans to send pics to him and he would have a link to view the gallery for the week (topless photos on occasions). he stopped it because it was getting out of hand.

Going to assume it could get him into legal trouble

 


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9 minutes ago, VegetableStu said:

reddit's curious too, and one leading theory/observation is that he privated every video prior to 2017

 

 

on mobile now, so i can't easily confirm this

Confirmed: All videos prior to 2017 are no longer visible. Weird.


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i just can't believe he took a sponsor from Lew for his Later case even after all the deception and lies Lew went through, 
 

 

according to others he privated like every single video from before 2017


 

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When the money flow slows, so do the videos.

 

Time for retirement.


 

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1 minute ago, ShrimpBrime said:

When the money flow slows, so do the videos.

no i do not really think that's the reason:D.

 


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3 minutes ago, ShrimpBrime said:

When the money flow slows, so do the videos.

 

Time for retirement.

That has nothing to do with setting old videos to private or deleting them.

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Well it's not like it matters financially; his daily views haven't changed, indicating that those old videos weren't generating significant amounts of new views anyway. (not surprising given the channel type)

 

I don't know the channel very well, so I don't know what happened, but I imagine some annoying legal issue happened and it was an easy and quick option to just private those old videos, given it doesn't affect his growth right now.

 

Edit: actually now that I'm thinking of it, isn't it weird that SB displays a negative figure for a loss of views? 

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2 hours ago, LinusTech said:

All I see is that 2B views are gone.

There's really no telling exactly what or why he did anything without asking him.

There's another possibility that hasn't been brought up yet though: A lot of people are scrubbing social media histories right now because we've transitioned into a society no longer tolerant of past mistakes.

There is a chance that he thinks that some of his videos might be offensive to some entity that he doesn't want to offend, and so is hiding or removing any of his content that might be deemed "cancel-worthy".


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Me reading the title: this is probably just some kid wanting to know the answer to something that we can't possibly know, what a ridiculous question.

 

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Just now, straight_stewie said:

There's really no telling exactly what or why he did anything without asking him.

There's another possibility that hasn't been brought up yet though: A lot of people are scrubbing social media histories right now because we've transitioned into a society no longer tolerant of past mistakes.

There is a chance that he thinks that some of his videos might be offensive to some entity that he doesn't want to offend, and so is hiding or removing any of his content that might be deemed "cancel-worthy".

given what just happened to jean marbles and she privated some stuff weeks after it came out I'm not surprised


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His old content was extremely stupid and could easily get him "cancelled". He always said he would never hide all of the offensive things he uploaded, guess he finally got spooked.

 

Edit: Just want to throw it out there that I also think he's a great example of why we shouldn't hold people's words from their past against them now. He went from being a gossip channel to covering important world events.


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59 minutes ago, lewdicrous said:

That has nothing to do with setting old videos to private or deleting them.

It was a joke.....

 

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Now is NOT the time for retirement lol.


 

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6 minutes ago, ShrimpBrime said:

Now is NOT the time for retirement lol.

We all know that retirement will come when deep fakes are perfected.

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4 minutes ago, lewdicrous said:

We all know that retirement will come when deep fakes are perfected.

Lol. Yup..... But that'll  never happen. Ever. :P


 

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47 minutes ago, Vitamanic said:

His old content was extremely stupid and could easily get him "cancelled". He always said he would never hide all of the offensive things he uploaded, guess he finally got spooked.

yeah i deleted all my facebook posts from before i was 16 years old since i posted some really cringy stuff.

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Better to just hide any stuff that might be controversial. I think the past month has taught us that the world was an extremely different place just a few years ago. 

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He has said in many videos lately that he use to be an edgelord/cringekid making terrible jokes that would get him cancelled by todays standards.

For the past several years he has only read news. So that's why all older videos.

Cultural appropriation in recent years has been people wearing clothes considered to be of somone else's herritage. Stupid.

In this wanshow you guys seem scared of being cancelled over little things too... Maybe assign one of your employees to vet older vidoes, and edit them rather than deleting your catalog, the several weeks of effort would probably be recouped in several months from the ad rev and organic growth.

 

in this wanshow you later joke about sponsoring other tech videos, but i have seen your various sponsor spots advertised on other channels constantly over the past year

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