YouTube philanthropist and content creator Jimmy Donaldson, known worldwide as MrBeast, took to Twitter yesterday to debunk and criticize a false narrative surrounding his health. A video posted a month ago by the YouTube channel 'Bolo' titled "MrBeast's Disease Is Worse Than You Think," used a photoshopped image of a fake tweet from MrBeast claiming his death in three years. MrBeast responded with humor and frustration to these claims.
"Thank God for this YouTube video, or I wouldn't have known I'm dying in three years 🙌🏻" tweeted MrBeast, showcasing his trademark wit to highlight the absurdity of the claim. In a subsequent tweet, he addressed the growing issue of fake news and misinformation on the platform. "Can we end the trend of photoshopping fake tweets of mine as thumbnails? Thx."
Thank god for this YouTube video or I wouldn’t have known I’m dying in three years 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/ebeF2NWyRC— MrBeast (@MrBeast) June 19, 2023
Bolo's video drew attention to MrBeast's diagnosis of Crohn's disease, a condition that the YouTuber and his mother have publicly discussed in the past. However, the video's clickbait thumbnail, suggesting a far more severe prognosis, was roundly criticized by MrBeast and his fans for exploiting his health situation for views and subscribers.
This incident highlights an ongoing problem within the YouTube community, where certain channels employ deceptive tactics to inflate their viewership. Thumbnails and titles bearing sensational or false information have become a common method for luring in viewers. While these tactics may temporarily boost views and subscribers, they also contribute to the spread of misinformation and erode trust between creators and viewers.
MrBeast, who is well-known for his large-scale philanthropic efforts and extravagant challenges on YouTube, has consistently advocated for authenticity and transparency on the platform. His swift response to the video by 'Bolo' underscores his commitment to these principles and highlights the urgent need for stricter regulation of false content on social media platforms.
At present, the controversial video remains on YouTube, serving as a stark reminder of the platform's ongoing struggle with false information and clickbait content.