PewDiePie fans hacked WSJ to post a fake apology

Dec 18 2018 2 min read

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Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg remains one of the most controversial YouTube figures. His fans recently pulled off a huge stunt by hacking a Wall Street Journal affiliated website and posting a fake apology on behalf of the news outlet.

Back in 2017 WSJ posted an article reporting the results of an investigation of the use of anti-semitic language. After that PewDiePie lost many partnerships including Disney’s Maker Studios and YouTube Red series and was forced to drop projects like Scare PewDiePie. However, that story didn’t cost him his whole career, as Kjellberg is still the owner of the biggest YouTube channel with 77 million followers.

As mentioned before, a WSJ-affiliated website was hacked and briefly contained a message saying that the publication apologizes to PewDiePie “due to misrepresentation by our journalists.”

WSJ representative informed The Verge that the outlet is aware of the situation and is conducting an investigation. The hacked website belongs to an advertising unit and is not operated by the core newsroom staff.

Fans of PewDiePie actively participate in an ongoing battle the Kjellberg leads with a fellow YouTuber known as T-Series, whose channel may soon catch up with PewDiePie’s. The fake WSJ apology posted by the unknown hackers includes a “By T-Series” note and a Drake meme ridiculing the T-Series' YouTube channel.


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