In a recent video, Felix Kjellberg, famously known on YouTube as PewDiePie, announced that he’s planning to take a break from uploading content on the platform in 2020. The announcement was made following after the content creator’s denouncement of YouTube’s new anti-harassment policy in the same video.
The policy, which recently came into effect on the platform, prohibits “harassment that suggests violence” and “content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes.”
Content uploaded on YouTube that goes against the policy guidelines will be taken down. Some of the videos uploaded by Kjellberg contained anti-semitic and racially sensitive content, which the YouTuber claimed was done with the intention of humour.
Although he hinted that his temporary departure from YouTube was due to burnout, where he expressed how he was “feeling very tire” in the same video.
On August this year, he also mentioned plans of actually taking a break from the platform in a separate video. “I do think it would be good for me to take a break at some point,” he said at the time “It would be nice to not have YouTube in my brain for the first time in 10 years.”
Despite the controversies surrounding the YouTube celebrity, Kjellberg still topped a list of the 100 most influential people in digital media this year. In order to keep up with the expectation from fans or sponsors, many believe that the cause of the content creator’s burnout is due to the constant pressure of having to continuously deliver videos.