YouTube’s 10 Biggest Problems

YouTube isn’t perfect and there’s a couple of reasons why not everybody’s a happy user.

We decided to take to Reddit and Twitter in a quest to find some opinions on what it is about YouTube that some people really aren’t happy with.

We reckon we’ve come up with a pretty good list, but if you have any suggestions of your own feel free to get involved in the comments section below. You can also Tweet us at @TubeChum.


1) Google+

Google, please stop forcing Google+ down our throats. I shouldn’t have to make a Google+ account just to check messages on my old YouTube accounts. But I do. Whilst the comments section has slightly improved since Google decided to take over YouTube, Google+ is still shite.

2) Trolls

On a personal note, I don’t really mind reading through troll comments purely as it makes me chuckle when people take the bait. Even so, trolls are a nuisance for content creators and just make YouTube feel like a generally confrontational, hostile place.

3) Subscription views

Due to recent YouTube updates and layout alterations, it’s actually become slightly harder to find videos made by the people you watch the most. Obviously, the idea here is that there’s an increased chance you’ll stumble upon a channel you haven’t seen before, but I’d rather just stick to what I know, thanks.

4) Not enough original ideas

Remember ‘back in the day’ when Call of Duty videos were inescapable? Minecraft has become the Call of Duty of old, you’ll be annoyed to hear. Vlog fans also have to sit through constant, crappy ‘tag’ videos. Admittedly, I do like a good Minecraft video provided it’s refreshing and different to everything else out there. YouTube content, gaming related or not, usually consists of an idea you’ve seen before done slightly better.

5) Copyright strikes 

Getting your YouTube videos noticed is already a tough job and the miserable folk over at Sony and Universal (amongst others) aim to make it just a little bit harder. I’ve lost count of the amount of times great quality content has been taken down or muted completely because of an issue with music. That ‘Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life’ video, for example. Should the creators have used royalty-free music in the first place? Well, yes, but that doesn’t change the fact that good videos are being removed without warning.

6) Night mode

Most of my YouTube watching is done in bed late at night. Don’t worry, it’s not as sinister as it sounds. This probably seems like a minor issue to most, but I find the lightness of YouTube can hurt my eyes on a bright monitor. I’d like a night mode to darken the website, please. I can think of countless websites that offer a similar feature. Me and my eyes are begging you. Please YouTube, please.

7) iJustine

8) ‘Check out my channel’ posts

Go to any popular content creator’s Discussion tab on their channel page and you’ll be overwhelmed with ‘check out my channel plz’ comment spam. It’s irritating. Uploader’s should be gaining views through their original content, not because they begged some 10 year olds on PewDiePie‘s latest Amnesia video to check out their ‘sick montage’.

9) Fanboys / Fangirls

This suggestion has been put forward by Tube Chum’s very own Graham Marshall, who said: “People get so obsessive with YouTube personalities that when stuff is going on in their lives people think they have a right to know. Content creators give you that content free of charge. You shouldn’t expect any more than they feel they can give. TotalBiscuit has recently talked in depth about his health problems but he keeps his family life very private. People need to respect that with their favourite YouTubers”.

 10) Faulty Subscription Boxes

This has been an issue for YouTube since the dawn of time, and it’s still not fixed. If you use YouTube on a regular basis, the chances are you’re constantly battling against a subscription box that doesn’t always tell you when your favourite YouTube has posted a new video. Yes, they’re better than they used to be, but they’re still fairly temperamental.


Have we missed anything out? Let us know in the comments section below or Tweet us at @TubeChum.

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Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

Co-editor at Tube Chum
British YouTuber, journalist and Arsenal fan. Co-editor, @TubeChum. YouTube: TomSpeaksWords. (New video every Sunday)
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