Giant YT Channel Linus Tech Tips Halts Amidst Criticism

The YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips has announced the temporary suspension of all video production due to criticism regarding its approach to reviewing products, particularly computer hardware.

With over 15 million YouTube subscribers, Linus Tech Tips is known for its team of technology and video production experts who aim to educate and entertain. Founded in 2008 by Linus Sebastian, now the Chief Vision Officer of Linus Media Group, the channel enjoys a dedicated following.

In a video uploaded on August 16, Linus Sebastian issued an apology for his initial reluctance to retest the product featured in the Gamers Nexus video, acknowledging his responsibility to the audience.

Yvonne Ho, the Chief Financial Officer of Lynas Media Group, stated in a video released on August 16 that:

“Effective immediately, all YouTube video production will be suspended while our team focuses on long-term workflow changes throughout the next week to make lasting improvements to our content.”

However, the channel is looking to a broader horizon. Ho added: This means that for the first time in 12 years, LTT [Linus Tech Tips] will be uploading not just one piece of content per day, but many.’

The controversy surrounding Linus Tech Tips emerged following a video by Gamers Nexus, an independent YouTube channel focused on PC hardware. The video titled “The Problem with Linus Tech Tips: Accuracy, Ethics, and Accountability” highlighted serious concerns about data accuracy in Linus Media Group’s videos, which includes Linus Tech Tips and affiliate channel TechQuickie.

In an August 15 video, Steve Burke, the host of Gamers Nexus, presented what he considered “evidence” of “significant and frequent data errors” in nearly all of Linus Tech Tips’ tech review videos. He emphasized that the video was created to protect consumers from purchasing incorrect products due to misinformation.

The Gamers Nexus video has amassed over 3.7 million views. Linus Tech Tips also faced criticism from a former employee who shared her grievances on social media X (formerly Twitter), alleging a toxic work environment. The employee claimed instances of mistreatment by certain upper management and instances of inappropriate behavior in the office.

Linus Tech Tips responded to these allegations with a statement posted on the same platform, acknowledging the seriousness of the claims. The statement assured that an internal investigation was underway, involving third-party investigators. The channel committed to sharing investigation findings and implementing necessary corrective actions.


Ivy Wu

Ivy Wu was a media reporter at btw media. She graduated from Korea University with a major in media and communication, and has rich experience in reporting and news writing.

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