“This is crazy”: Tweet complaining about YouTube ads goes viral

With more than 2.5 billion active users, YouTube is one of the most popular social media websites in the world. While people around the world rely on the video sharing platform for entertainment and even work, it comes with its own problems.

Earlier this week, a harmless nine-word tweet about the platform’s frequent ad breaks went viral.

On Wednesday, a user by the name “@wydccalamity” tweeted, “Youtube has THREE ads in front of a video this is crazy”. This tweet went viral as it resonated with YouTube users around the world and soon received over 3,000 likes and over 23,000 retweets.

YouTube, which derives most of its revenue from advertising, responded to the criticism, commenting, “Hey, this can happen with a certain type of ad format called bumper ads (because they’re super short, only up to 6 seconds). . but we appreciate your honest feedback and will definitely share it with the appropriate team!”

However, that reaction failed to impress netizens, who pointed out that many consecutive ads that are “non-skippable” take longer. Echoing that argument, one Twitter user replied, “Totally wrong…your bumper ads are 25 seconds long…in some cases…35 seconds…don’t lie here and say your bumper ads are only 6 seconds long.”

People also raised the issue of age-appropriate advertising, replying to YouTube, β€œWhile you’re at it, you can stop running condom ads that aren’t skippable and not age-appropriate. Watching them while waiting for the baby shark to play is “difficult”.

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