Top 10 Worst Years for YouTube

The Top Ten
1 2017 2017 (MMXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2017th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 17th year of the 3rd millennium, the 17th year of the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2010s decade.

This year witnessed a significant issue with low-quality content targeted at children, alongside a rise in internet challenges that normalized self-harm and suicide. Additionally, this was the year Logan Paul posted his infamous video.

So much content with profanity, sexual content, violence and drug use.

Bad year for privacy concerns. Modern-day YouTube is really bad.

2 2016 2016 (MMXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

This year marked a downturn for YouTube as they began demonetizing content creators for using certain words, especially swear words. It was a departure from the earlier times when creators could speak freely.

Too many Elsagates. This was a year before it was banned from the platform.

3 2020 2020 (MMXX) was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 20th year of the third millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2020s.

It was heavily defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to global social and economic disruption, mass cancellations and postponements of events, schools and many workplaces being closed for months, online school... read more

This was the year when YouTube inexplicably moved the comment section, began placing ads on almost every video (regardless of whether the creator is monetized), and saw the COPPA update go into effect on January 6th, 2020.

4 2021 2021 (MMXXI) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 21st year of the third millennium, the 21st year of the 21st century, and the 2nd year of the 2020s. 2021 was scheduled to host many major events that were originally scheduled for 2020.


In addition, many pandemic restrictions from 2020 were lifted in 2021 leading to the reopening of many businesses and schools,... read more

Remember when YouTube removed the dislike button for no apparent reason? What's next, removing every video on the platform?

The year that they removed the dislike count.

5 2019 2019 (MMXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.

2019 was a bad year for YouTube. This is when they announced the controversial COPPA update and started implementing double ads on videos.

6 2018 2018 (MMXVIII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2018th year of the Common Era (CE), the 9th year of the 2010s decade, the 18th year of the 21st century, and the 18th year of the 3rd millennium.

Momo continued to traumatize kids until being banned that year, and the infamous DaddyOFive made a return to the internet on Twitch.

7 2023 The year 2023 (MMXXIII) was a common year that started on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. It was the 2023rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations. Additionally, it was the 23rd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, as well as the 4th year of the 2020s decade.

This year is filled with content that can be described as 'brain rot.' Skidibi Toilet, Poppy Playtime, and Garten of Banban videos have gained significant traction among modern children. The introduction of YouTube Shorts has also contributed to issues similar to severe ADHD and ADD, akin to the impact of TikTok.

8 2024 2024 (MMXXIV) is the current year, and is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. It's the 2024th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations. This is the 24th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2020s decade.

This year has seen a multitude of YouTubers quitting, including long-time creators like MatPat. It marks the end of an era and is now primarily dominated by edited animated videos, severely outdated memes, and AI-themed content. Additionally, this is the year when Verbalase spent $50,000 on featuring Hazbin Hotel's popular character in a video.

9 2014 2014 (MMXIV) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2014th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 14th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2010s decade.

This is the year when whole sections of YouTube transformed into vile, greedy, creepy, gross, and disturbing spaces.

10 2006 2006 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2006th year based on the Common Era/Anno Domini designations. It is the 6th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2000s decade.

The year featured YouTube's same outdated user interface and introduced annoying YouTubers like Fred. It also saw the emergence of memes that evolved into being sexist, racist, and antisemitic.

The Contenders
11 2012 2012 (MMXII) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2012th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 12th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2010s decade.
12 2015 2015 (MMXV) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2015th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 15th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2010s decade.

YouTube Kids was launched in 2015. During this time, the infamous child abuse channel DaddyOFive was active, leading to its eventual termination and the parents losing custody of some of their children.

13 2010 2010 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2010th year based on Anno Domini/Common Era designations. It is the 10th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2010s decade.

This year marked the beginning of a new YouTube era, unfortunately including the overwhelmingly disliked YouTube Rewind.

14 2008 2008 was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2008th year based on the Common Era/Anno Domini designations. It is the 8th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 9th year of the 2000s decade.

There were too many disturbing videos on the darker side of YouTube from the pre-2010 era, accompanied by numerous copyright violations.

15 2013 2013 (MMXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2013th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 13th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2010s decade.
16 2022 2022 (MMXXII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2022nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 22nd year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 3rd year of the 2020s decade.
17 2024 2024 (MMXXIV) is the current year, and is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. It's the 2024th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations. This is the 24th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 5th year of the 2020s decade.
18 2007 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2007th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 7th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2000s decade.

First year to have ads.

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