YouTube star Felix Kjellberg (SHEHL’-burg), who goes by the name PewDiePie online, has been dropped from Disney’s Maker Studios and YouTube has cancelled his reality series following a Wall Street Journal report that he made anti-Semitic videos.
Kjellberg has amassed more than 53 million subscribers to his YouTube account and his videos routinely receive millions of views.
Maker Studios says in a statement that Kjellberg has built his following by being “provocative and irreverent,” but “clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate.”
YouTube tells The Wrap that it’s cancelling the release of ‘Scare PewDiePie’ Season 2 and dropping his channel from Google Preferred.
Kjellberg said in a Tumblr post Sunday that his content is entertainment and he didn’t mean any offense. He says he doesn’t support “hate-based groups.”
Kjellberg didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.
YouTube seems to be focused on needs of mobile users as after introducing higher resolution video options on its iPhone app last month, it has now made it easier for mobile users to navigate through videos. Now, users can move 10 seconds forward or backward in any video, irrespective of whether the app is in full-screen mode or not, by tapping twice on the right or left side of the screen respectively.
While the feature has been reported by several Redditors on iOS as well as Android version of the app, it is still not available for everyone as of now, as per a report by The Next Web. Even though it is not clear when exactly this feature was introduced to the app, it is likely that it came along with the latest update last week. YouTube app’s version 12.04 update on iOS further allows users to control videos from the lock screen while casting to Chromecast devices, smart TVs, game consoles, or any other living room devices with the app.
YouTube for iOS users also get Play/Pause, Prev/Next and volume controls on the lock screen and Control Center as well with the latest update. If the feature has not shown up for you, make sure that you update your app to the latest version from respective app store.
We can say from personal experience that till now, navigating through videos on YouTube’s mobile app was a complex and cumbersome task that required a delicate touch on the video timeline, especially on small-screen devices. This new navigation method is likely to come as a respite for most users who had to struggle while browsing through their favourite videos until now.