YouTube is at the top of the video-hosting industry, with hundreds of millions of visitors and billions of hours of videos played per month. At the start of 2020, YouTube had two billion logged-in monthly users. The platform has become a part of many people’s daily routines and habits. YouTube is often considered to be part of Web 2.0—a shift most notably marked by the rise of digital platforms and applications that support and rely upon user-generated content. This entry examines the history and early use of YouTube, the birth of the YouTuber, and the platform’s influence on news and journalism.

History of YouTube

YouTube was founded in February 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. All three were previously employees at PayPal. In ...

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