One of YouTube’s biggest star has lost his Twitter verification.
On Wednesday, YouTube "gaming" star “PewDiePie” was un-verified by the social media giant following a joke the star made about the Islamic State group. In a comment posted to Twitter that referred to fellow YouTuber “Jacksepticeye,” he wrote: “Me and @Jack_Septic_Eye have joined isis. Which is why we both got unverified.”
The Independent reported Wednesday that the star, who has amassed over 47.6 million subscribers on his YouTube channel alone, had retweeted a a tweet from a parody news account called @SkyNeiws which claimed the star had his account unverified because of “suspected relations with ISIS.”
Since posting the inflammatory comments on Tuesday and following the removal of his blue verification symbol by Twitter, PewDiePie, or Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, posted a follow-up video on Wednesday to his YouTube channel explaining why he lost his verification.
The conversation with “JackSepticEye,” or Sean William McLoughlin (another YouTube personality known for his gaming videos) had progressed on PewDiePie's social media page. Prior to the incident, McLoughlin had Tweeted back at Kjellberg: “@pewdiepie I said NAZIS Not ISIS! God dammit Felix …”
McLoughlin later joked, “Good luck explaining that one!”
JackSepticEye still has a Twitter verification symbol.
The Next Web later confirmed that Kjellberg’s Twitter account was suspended, but now it is back – albeit without the verification ticker. In place of the Twitter account verification check mark, the Swedish YouTube star has replaced the icon with an emoji image of the globe. PewDiePie’s follower count is also now back up to 8.29 million followers.
The Next Web published a comment from Twitter about the account that stated, “We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.”
Twitter clearly isn’t taking any chances, especially after YouTube star Marina Joyce was posting suspicious videos that had fans wondering if the YouTube star was being held captive by Isis.