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YouTubers Quitting YouTube, also known as YouTubers Retiring From YouTube or Content Creators Stepping Away From YouTube, refers to a viral debate ignited in early January 2024 about several prominent and long-standing content creators quitting YouTube or announcing their retirements and restructurings of their channels (such as MatPat, MeatCanyon, Tom Scott and others), resulting in widespread discourse, memes and tribute posts appearing across the internet. The debate became a prevalent topic on sites like Reddit, Twitter / X and other social media and was the theme for a series of essays on YouTube itself in early 2024 as people attempted to discern why so many YouTubers were walking away from the platform.


On January 9th, 2024, YouTuber MatPat announced that he was retiring from YouTube and would be handing off his social media channels to someone else. His statement prompted an ongoing debate on the internet about the creators quitting YouTube for the last few years, especially centered around YouTubers making an exodus in late 2023 and early 2024.

For example, on January 9th, X[1] user @AidsCommentary_ posted the thumbnails of famous YouTubers MeatCanyon, MatPat, Tom Scott and Joel Haver, all of which had posted videos talking about quitting the platform in the weeks before. The tweet received over 9.8 million views, 52,000 likes, 3,900 retweets and 800 replies in three days.

aids @AidsCommentary. Follow what the actual f--- is going on Goodbye. After ten years, it's time to stop making videns w Goodbye For Now. 9:48 PM Jan 9, 2024 8:11 9:27 Goodbye Internet 246, weeks It's been fun. X 25:01 9:44 O


The news about multiple high-profile creators leaving or retiring from the platform became the subject of a viral debate across multiple social media channels in early January 2024. For example, on January 5th, 2024, YouTuber[2] @TheTalentlessWriter uploaded an essay video trying to explain why YouTubers are quitting (shown below, left), which amassed more than 329,000 views and 25,000 likes in a week.

On January 10th, YouTuber[3] @MogulMail shared his take on MatPat's and other creators' retirement (shown below, right), which received roughly 788,000 views and 56,000 likes in a day.

The debate was also a trending topic on TikTok, with user @pdspopculture[4] commenting on January 10th about MatPat's retirement video (shown below, left), amassing over 340,000 plays and 35,000 likes in a day. On the same day, TikTok[5] user @birlap_ posted a video about the amount of YouTubers quitting the platform (shown below, right), which received more than 412,000 plays and 125,000 likes in a day.

@pdspopculture MatPat Joins More Creators Quitting YouTube #Entertainment #MatPat #TomScott #GameTheorists ♬ original sound – PDS Pop Culture


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It's pretty obvious why this is happening: trying to make a living on a platform that demands constant algorithm-friendly content can only be sustainable for so long before you crash and burn, and YouTube doubling down on it all has only accelerated the inevitable. Not everyone is leaving for good and will simply slow down the rate of their output if/when they return, but YouTube's sweatshop-esque approach to content means that they'll only continue to bleed out top talent unless, by some miracle of God, some actual changes happen.

Hell, Vinny Vinesauce mentioned how he permanently lost a huge chunk of his viewer base after he went on hiatus a few years back, and he attributed it less to the circumstances of that hiatus and more to the fact that the constant streams and videos suddenly came to an end. This is not a sustainable model at all for any form of media distribution.


it's hard for people to create content under the People's Republic of Youtube regime; not only there is favoritism like in the case of sniperwolf, but also regular people get hit by copyright strikes for everything while also ironically, reaction channels suffer virtually no consequence. This without even getting into the different ways youtube is going to censor you, best case scenario you manage to keep your video up but heavily censored to the point it makes no sense with too much bleeping or workaround words


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