Here’s How PewDiePie Broke YouTube With One Simple Question
30 January 2017, 12:02 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:23
Only Felix could do this.
It's just another normal day in PewDiePie Land by the looks of it because after asking his Bro Army to leave 1 million comments on his latest video he seems to have broken YouTube altogether. After only a few minutes live on YouTube and a measly 100,00 comments, the comment section was "temporarily unavailable" and the target was smashed. Congrats Felix, you broke it.
The video, which is literally just PewDiePie screaming "CAN WE SMASH 1 MILLION COMMENTS" over and over again whilst topless in rainy Brighton, easily reached the desired target. In fact, the comment counter right now currently stands at a crazy 5,248,699 comments at the time of writing. But for a brief period of history, the Bros had done the successful job of breaking Felix's YouTube comments, which is a job well done.
Now let's get into the really cool stuff: how quickly did PewDiePie and his fans actually break YouTube? We did some research and found out that the video was originally uploaded at 6.36pm (GMT) on Saturday the 28th of January. Over on Twitter, only 14 minutes later, Felix had tweeted a screenshot from inside his channel saying that the "comments are temporarily unavailable" - meaning that the sheer amount of comments that happened in just 14 minutes completely broke YouTube's most basic function.
In response to this tweet, fans were sending screenshots of what was happening on their end every time they tried to leave a new comment; "ERROR. The operation couldn't be completed. (com.google.HTTPStatus error 500)". We're not clear on how long the comments were offline for, but not even 48 hours later and Felix's video has got 5x more comments than he was aiming for.
Will this become the most commented on video of all time? We'll let you know when it happens.
Did you try to leave a comment on Felix's video whilst the comments were broke? Tell us your story in the comments below!