What the heck is going on?! YouTube fans awoke to utter chaos as they learned that top ‘tuber PewDiePie had been unverified and suspended on Twitter. Speculation soon began that it was all due to a joke about ISIS, and PewDiePie finally cleared everything up. Here’s what really went down.
The Bros are in full freak-out mode on Aug. 31! PewDiePie’s fans awoke to find that he had lost his “verified” status on Twitter, and that his account was suspended after apparently making a joke about joining ISIS with his good friend Jack. However, it’s not what you might originally think, and he explained the whole ordeal in a new YouTube video.
So basically, it all started when PewDie – real name Felix Kjellberg – realized that some people would ‘like’ a fan tweet that mentions him, but not actually follow him. He explained that the process of being verified on Twitter is “annoying,” so as a joke he intentionally removed his blue check mark (signifying he is the REAL PewDiePie) and added a globe emoji instead.
When fans began to freak out about the change not realizing his intention behind it, a random fake news site tweeted that he was “unverified due to suspected relations with ISIS.” PewDie then began joking with Jack about joining ISIS, which (along with the fact that he made his avatar a dick pic) made Twitter believe his account was hacked, so they momentarily suspended it.
Me and @Jack_Septic_Eye have joined isis. Which is why we both got unverified.
— Felix Kjellberg 🌐 (@pewdiepie) August 30, 2016
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) August 31, 2016
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) August 31, 2016
what's up guys so today pewdiepie got suspended on twitter that is just insane
— the massive 🗿 (@pyrocynical) August 31, 2016
So @pewdiepie has been suspended… I dont even know anymore haha
— jacksepticeye (@Jack_Septic_Eye) August 31, 2016
So there you have it, folks! PewDie CHOSE to be unverified, he is NOT joining ISIS, and he is NOT in trouble or in danger of losing his Twitter. He is, however, inspiring fans to put a globe next to their username now, because all the “cool” kids are doing it. What a world.
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