YouTube's 'Rewind 2018' passes Justin Bieber as most disliked video in site's history

YouTube's "Rewind 2018" video this week surpassed Justin Bieber's "Baby" to become the most disliked video in the site's history.

"YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind," which was created to showcase the past year on the platform, has garnered more than 10 million dislikes in eight days. Justin Bieber's 2010 music video for "Baby" received roughly the same amount of dislikes over eight years, The Verge noted.


Many of the YouTube video's critics, including some of the creators featured in the video, have accused "Rewind" of skirting over several of the platform's highest-profile controversies this year, as well as leaving out footage from some of its biggest stars. 

The video features celebrities including Will Smith and John Oliver as well as notable YouTubers who have worked in Hollywood, such as Casey Neistat, Lilly Singh and Liza Koshy.

The video does not feature Logan Paul's boxing match with fellow YouTuber KSI or the controversy surrounding Paul's behavior in Japan's Aokigahara forest, which led to him being briefly banned from the platform. It also does not include appearances from PewDiePie, YouTube's most popular creator, who has faced some backlash over including anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi imagery in some of his videos.

“People are asking, ‘Where is PewDiePie?’” another high-profile YouTuber, Philip DeFranco, said in a recent video. “Where is Shane Dawson, who had arguably one of the biggest series on YouTube this year?" 

A Google spokesperson said the online video platform was taking into account the feedback received about its "Rewind 2018" video.

"Dethroning “Baby” in dislikes wasn’t exactly our goal this year. Honest feedback can suck, but we are listening and we appreciate how much people care. Trying to capture the magic of YouTube in one single video is like trying to capture lightning in a bottle," the spokesperson said in an email.

"We also learned that creating content can be really hard and this underscores our respect and admiration for YouTube creators doing it every day. Keep the feedback coming and maybe we’ll release a top 10 list of “Rewind dislike” reaction videos."

Dawson, a YouTube star, created a popular series this year exploring the career of Jake Paul, a YouTuber who has faced criticism for his confrontational style of humor. Paul incurred widespread backlash when a TMZ leaked a video that showed him using the "n-word" earlier this year. Dawson's eight-part series about Paul has received tens of millions of views.

Some YouTube creators have created their own versions of "Rewind" that they say are more authentic, The Verge reported.

This report was corrected on Dec. 20. An earlier version misidentified the topic of Dawson's documentary.