YouTube has cancelled YouTube Rewind for the year 2020. The announcement was issued on Twitter just a day after the company experienced widespread outages. In the statement, YouTube said that Rewind has always been meant to be a celebration of its users, but that celebrating wouldn’t feel right at a time when the world are still combating a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than a million people so far.

YouTube Rewind is a video series produced and created by YouTube and Portal A Interactive. These videos are an overview and a recap of each year’s viral videos, events, trends, and music. Each year, the number of YouTube personalities featured has increased. The series’ annual installments are uploaded onto YouTube’s official channel.

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Rewind videos are tough to make, even without the influence of COVID-19. In the past, people have ridiculed YouTube’s efforts for being too cringe (or not cringe enough), and it’s hard to summarize an entire year in a way that will please everyone.

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