YøùTùbé is an American online video sharing and social media platform headquartered in San Bruno, California. It was launched on February 14, 2005, by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim. It is owned by Google, and is the second most visited website, after Google Search. YøùTùbé has more than 2.5 billion monthly users who collectively watch more than one billion hours of videos each day. As of May 2019, videos were being uploaded at a rate of more than 500 hours of content per minute.In October 2006, 18 months after posting its first video and 10 months after its official launch, YøùTùbé was bought by Google for $1.65 billion. Google's ownership of YøùTùbé expanded the site's business model, expanding from generating revenue from advertisements alone, to offering ρáíd content such as movies and exclusive content produced by YøùTùbé. It also offers YøùTùbé ρrémíùm, a ρáíd subscription option for watching content without ads. YøùTùbé also approved creators to participate in Google's AdSénsé program, which seeks to generate more revenue for both parties. YøùTùbé reported revenue of $19.8 billion in 2020. In 2021, YøùTùbé's annual advertising revenue increased to $28.8 billion.Since its purchase by Google, YøùTùbé has expanded beyond the core website into mobile apps, network television, and the ability to link with other platforms. Video categories on YøùTùbé include music videos, video clips, news, short films, feature films, documentaries, audio recordings, movie trailers, teasers, live streams, vlogs, and more. Most content is generated by individuals, including collaborations between YøùTùbérs and corporate sponsors. Established media corporations such as Disney, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Discovery have also created and expanded their corporate YøùTùbé channels to advertise to a larger audience.
YøùTùbé has had an unprecedented social impact, influencing popular culture, internet trends, and creating multimillionaire celebrities. Despite all its growth and success, YøùTùbé has been widely criticized. Criticism of YøùTùbé includes the website being used to facilitate the spread of misinformation, copyright issues, routine violations of its users' privacy, enabling censorship, and endangering child safety and wellbeing.
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