Trivia: YouTube

  • Banned in China: Sometimes a copyright infringed video is only allowed to be viewed in certain countries. The uploader is able to view it just fine however.
    • The whole site was banned in Afghanistan in September 2012 shortly after a debacle involving an anti-Islamic video which sparked riots in Egypt and Libya.
    • On various occasions, the site has been banned in Bangladesh for political and religious reasons, with the longest ban active for months.
    • It used to be denied in Russia, as the website was used for hosting extremist videos and writings by Adolf Hitler. However, it has now been allowed again.
    • YouTube has long been blocked in Syria, along with other Friending Networks.
    • It was banned in Turkey until 2010, due to a lot of videos insulting Ataturk. It was later lifted.

  • Creator Backlash: The uploader of the first video on Youtube, jawed, didn't seem happy with Google Plus' integration into Youtube, with comments such as "why the fuck do i need a google+ account to comment on a video?" and "I can't comment here anymore, since I don't want a google+ account.".
  • Fan Community Nicknames: People with an account are often called "YouTubers".
  • Fandom Nod: 2012's April Fools' Day joke, The YouTube Collection is full of these. This includes "first" comments, a majority of videos being Mine Craft related, and telling the viewers to not forget to leave a green thumbs up or a red thumbs down.
  • Missing Episode: Any video that's removed for copyright or straight up deleted by the uploader.
  • Rereleased For Free: Any VHS rip, DVD rip, or album that's lucky enough to not be taken down for copyright.
  • Screwed by the Network: In this case, Screwed By YouTube.
    • Over the years, YouTube has shown more and more favoritism and preference to partner channels, or channels that have a significant amount of subscribers or viewer activity. For example: are you just an average joe posting videos of things you find interesting or amusing? Well, good luck generating traffic on your videos, because they won't even show up in the search results, regardless of what tags/keywords you put on them. Want to access certain relatively new features, like checking out "audience" or unlocking custom thumbnails? You'll need a ton of subscribers and a lot of people watching your videos all the time, otherwise, those features will be locked to you. In other words, if you're not a partner channel or a regular channel that generates a lot of activity, good luck trying to get any kind of notice, because YouTube has pretty much swept you under the rug.
    • For channels that are partnered, YouTube made changes to their Content ID copyright identification system in late 2013, making it more difficult to monetize videos. As Content ID was already considered "judge, jury & executioner" by critics before the change, this has lead some partners to threaten a move to another video sharing site.
      • For reviewers of media (such as games, movies and music), the changes are even worse, as YouTube never seemed to like the idea of fair use.
  • What Could Have Been: The site was originally a video version of a website called Hot or Not, where users upload picures of themselves and other users would decide whether or not the user is hot or not. However, the creators found this too limited, and later made it a general video site.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: The founders reportedly said in several interviews that they sold the website off because of hordes of teenagersnote  uploading copyrighted material on it (instead of making their own videos) and ignoring its rules, thus destroying their dream for a youtube.
    • This came to bite them in the ass all those years later, when Google+ became mandatory and they asked why the hell they were being forced into this.