Wojcicki admitted that the video “didn’t accurately show the year’s key moments, nor did it reflect the YouTube you know.” Wojcicki also said that YouTube will “do better to tell our story in 2019” and admitted that her kids called the Rewind 2018 video “cringey.”
Even though YouTube Rewind 2018 racked up over 160 million views, many criticized the video for not accurately reflecting the YouTube community in 2018. For example, the video didn’t mention PewDiePie’s battle with T-Series for the largest YouTube channel, the fight between KSI and Logan Paul, or the infamous suicide forest video.
People also criticized the video for catering too much to the mainstream. Even though the video featured celebrities like Will Smith, Trevor Noah, and John Oliver, it didn’t include prominent YouTubers like PewDiePie, the Paul brothers, H3H3 Productions, nigahiga, and others.
Regardless of the reasoning behind YouTube’s decision making, folks made their opinions heard through the dislike button. As of this writing, the YouTube Rewind 2018 video has at least 15 million dislikes. That makes the video the most disliked across YouTube, handily beating Justin Bieber’s Baby video by 5 million dislikes.
Here’s hoping that YouTube isn’t as afraid to highlight the good and bad for 2019’s Rewind video.