T-SERIES, the most-watched channel on YouTube, briefly took the crown for the most-subscribed channel on the platform before an intervention from Elon Musk saw the crown revert to PewDiePie.
It was the first time in five years that PewDiePie had been ousted at the top of the subscriber chart.
AP:Associated Press Like Kjellberg, Elon Musk is no stranger to controversy
In response, eccentric billionaire Elon Musk threw his support behind controversial Swede and PewDiePie boss Felix Kjellberg by hosting the ‘Meme Review’ segment on his channel.
“Elon Musk came down from the sky and hosted Meme Review,” Kjellberg said in a video he posted on Sunday. “PewDiePie is rightfully at number one again.”
According to analytics firm SocialBlade, T-Series only held onto the crown for 8 minutes before being dethroned.
His channel currently has 87.2million subscribers compared to T-Series 87.1 million.
akshatmittal.com The head-to-head race as of 0934 GMT on February 26
T-Series is an Indian record label and film company known for its Bollywood soundtracks and pop music.
The label’s 29 channels have over 140 million subscribers between them, with the lion’s share of those coming from its main account that primarily hosts music videos and film trailers.
The last time T-Series came close to beating Kjellberg’s subscriber numbers YouTube stepped in and remove 200,000 ‘spam’ accounts that were following T-Series.
The Swedish YouTuber only lost 40,000 after the video-sharing company announced it would dump fake accounts in a massive clean-up.
Getty Images – Getty Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie lost 40,000 subscribers after YouTube removed spam accounts
YouTube tweeted: “Heads up, Creators: On Dec 13-14 you may see a noticeable decrease in your sub count as we remove spam subscriptions.
“‘If spam is removed, you’ll see a YouTube Studio alert. This should help give you confidence that the subs you do have are real fans!”
PewDiePie and the Indian music label T-Series have been battling it out to be YouTube’s most subscribed channel.
The Swedish gamer appeared to be nervous when he tweeted in response to YouTube’s announcement: “Doomsday it’s all over bois..”
An American vlogger later tweeted a side-by-side comparison showing how PewDiePie was in the top spot.
He goes by Mr Beast and tweeted: “‘YouTube went thru and deleted bot accounts and the sub gap is 180k bigger.
“1st = poods hourly sub count 2nd = tseries hourly sub count.”
PewDiePie seemed to relieved after only losing 40,000 subscribers and even said about the situation: “Only lost 40k, already made that back. Tseries lost 300k lol..”
Getty Images – Getty The 29-year-old currently has more than 76.7million subscribers
He later clarified he meant 200,000.
The gap between the two had previously come as close as 16,000 subscribers.
PewDiePie fans have taken the race so seriously they’ve hacked printers, Chromecasts, video games to show messages supporting him.
His place on the YouTuber subscriber table is cemented as he has been embroiled in a fresh “racism” storm after praising a “Nazi” YouTube channel reportedly known for its anti-Semetic content.
The YouTuber used one of his videos to urge viewers to subscribe to the “hateful” channel.
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This is not the first time the Swede has made remarks that have been viewed as racist, anti-Semitic, and nationalist.
Last year, he was blasted over jokes about Jewish people on Twitter.
The channel slips anti-Semitic and misogynistic comments into videos about anime and films, reported Business Insider.
YouTuber PewDiePie attacks critics who condemned him for recommending a YouTube channel that posts anti-Semitic and misogynistic content
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