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Not even YouTube wants to remember 2020

YouTube Rewind? No thank you

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Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

YouTube has published YouTube Rewind, a look back at the previous 365 days of each year, since 2010. But in 2020, it’s decided to opt out. That’s because 2020, plainly, sucked. No one wants to remember this year, not even YouTube.

“Since 2010, we’ve ended the year with Rewind: a look back at the year’s most impactful creators, videos, and trends,” a YouTube representative wrote from the YouTube Twitter account. “Whether you love it — or only remember 2018 — Rewind was always meant to be a celebration of you.”

It continued: “But 2020 has been different. And it doesn’t feel right to carry on as if it weren’t. So, we’re taking a break from Rewind this year. We know that so much of the good that did happen in 2020 was created by all of you. You’ve found ways to lift people up, help them cope, and make them laugh. You made a hard year genuinely better.”

And to that, we say thank you YouTube, for wiping 2020 from our collective memory. You’ve done this world a great service.

YouTube Rewind has become pretty controversial in recent years. In 2018, YouTube Rewind became the most disliked video on the site. YouTube apologized in 2019 for the video, but people didn’t like that year’s either.

Either way, YouTube Rewind is not the thing we all need right now, that’s for sure.

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