YouTube will not produce its annual YouTube Rewind celebratory recap video this year — with the video giant saying it doesn’t feel appropriate, given the chaos of 2020. YouTube announced the decision to scrap Rewind in a statement on Twitter.
“Since 2010, we’ve ended the year with Rewind: a look back at the year’s most impactful creators, videos and trends,” the platform said. “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.”
Even with the global COVID pandemic, job losses, a reckoning on racial injustice and the U.S. presidential election, YouTube praised its creators for helping people get through a stressful year.
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— YouTube (@YouTube) November 12, 2020