1. The UK prime minister Theresa May survived a motion of no confidence overnight. However, more than a third of Conservative MPs voted for her to stand down. This was a larger margin than the market expected, and shows May still has a mountain to climb to win over her party in order to pass her Brexit plans through parliament. The pound took a hit - the rand was last at R17.81 to the UK currency and at R14.12 to the dollar.
2. Inflation ticked slightly higher - from 5.1% in October to 5.2% in November. This was largely due to the 23% increase in fuel price inflation over the past year. More relief is coming, though - as things currently stand, we should get another petrol price cut of more than R1 a litre in the first week of January.
3. After thousands of South Africans at different banks were apparently hit by a mysterious fraudulent R99 debit order, Capitec reversed the debit orders and refunded over 25,000 clients. Capitec clients will now receive SMS notifications of debit orders from their accounts for amounts as low as R30.
Well done to Capitec for not only refunding their customers rogue debit order amounts,but the debit order fee & debit order dispute fees as well. All banks should be doing the same, IMO. Fact: more than 90% of disputed debit orders are valid. Charge those peeps the dispute fees https://t.co/XpDgAZNKw4— Wendy Knowler (@wendyknowler) December 12, 2018
4. Comair (which runs kulula and British Airways in South Africa) last night said that a planned strike by its ground staff, due to start at peak-travelling December 20th, cannot go ahead legally. NUMSA may only embark on a legal strike once the CCMA has mediated - and the CCMA can only hear the case in January. “We are relieved that our customers’ travel plans are unlikely to be disrupted over the festive season," Comair said.
5. Tencent Music Entertainment was listed on the US market yesterday, and jumped 11% on its first day. The Chinese tech behemoth Tencent spun off the company, which has more than 800 million listeners. Following the listing, Naspers owns an estimated 16% of Tencent Music.
Reported by Meira Gebel
In the last six days since the video was released, 'YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls the Rewind' has over 114 million views and 9.1 million dislikes, putting it on track to become the fastest and most-disliked video in the site's history.
Justin Bieber's 'Baby' featuring Ludacris currently holds the first-place title for most-disliked video, at 9.8 million dislikes.
'YouTube Rewind' features hundreds of its biggest stars and celebrities, though people are criticizing the video, and YouTube itself, for not including some creators who experienced strings of controversy. Vlogging duo and brothers Logan and Jake Paul were excluded, as was Felix "Pewdiepie" Kjellberg, a gaming commentator and comedian. The video appears to be an attempt for the company to keep advertisers on its side following a rather rocky 2018. However, this year's attempt, as previously reported by Business Insider, shows "a clear schism between the expectations and reality of YouTube."
Logan Paul, one of YouTube's more popular and notable stars, was left out of the video, probably because of his controversial year that began when he posted footage of a dead body he discovered inside Japan's 'Suicide Forest'. Paul's 'So Sorry' video, a one-minute-long apology about the viral video, is YouTube's 11th most-disliked video, at 2.2 million dislikes.
So what makes a video so hated to begin with? What makes YouTube viewers join forces and collectively bash something someone (probably) put loads of work into?
Let's take a look at the most-downvoted YouTube videos of all time, shall we?
With 127 million views and 3.7 million dislikes, Rebecca Black's 'Friday' comes in at #7. But let's cut Black a break: 2011 was a weird time. For example, Nick Jonas was wearing a purity ring and Kim Kardashian was still seen out in public wearing leopard print. If anything, Black's song was an anthem of the times, one everyone still knows all the words to (let's be honest). She has even come into her own as a singer and songwriter, despite the viciousness she faced from this video's release.
Fun, fun, fun!
If you were alive in the summer of 2017 (or alive now), you may be able to understand why this video has 3.6 million dislikes (and 5.7 billion views). It played on nearly every speaker - from clubs to cabs and restaurants to bridal showers... over and over and over again. It's one of those songs that by the mere mention begins to play in your head. Can you hear it now?
This was YouTuber PewDiePie's attempt to encourage followers to dislike his own video. And it worked. The video has 15 million views and trails behind the Call of Duty trailer with 3.76 million dislikes. The video starts with PewDiePie on the phone (for well over a minute), continues with him drinking a bottle of vodka and then proceeding to ride an orange octopus through a neighborhood. Perhaps it may just be one those "in the know" things dedicated fans and followers understand.
The trailer for the first "Call of Duty" game to head to space is nearly three years old and has 41 million views and 3.77 million dislikes. Many of the older commenters express concern over the game's quality, plotline, and overall direction the game had taken. But as of late, the comments section is filled with users comparing its dislikes to that of 'YouTube Rewind 2018' - and as user Hurley the Dog 2003 put it, "Well it is still better than watching youtube rewind 2018 am i right."
This video is clearly trying too hard, and maybe that's why it has over 4 million dislikes. There's a mansion in the hills! There's teenage boys with bad skin! A pretty girl! And shocker... a Lamborghini! With 223 million views and over 2 million likes, it's obvious people keep coming back for the ridiculousness of it all (and not to mention Jake is a much more popular YouTube star than his brother, Logan).
Ditto what's said above. You'd think this video would be YouTube gold. Over 100 stars and celebs? I mean... it even kicks off with Will Smith overlooking a valley. As of Wednesday, the video had over 114 million views and 9.1 million dislikes. And those numbers keep ticking up every minute.
The fact that the video fails to mention, or even feature, some of the site's more controversial characters and creators is what is making this video so unpopular. Some commenters are even calling it 'cringeworthy.'
Who doesn't love a prepubescent Biebs? Apparently 9.8 million people - that's the number of dislikes the pop star's music video has. (Remember Bieber started off as a YouTube star himself!) In this eight-year-old video, Bieber doesn't quite have the dance moves he has now.
Interestingly enough, the number of dislikes is changing not just daily, but hourly. One commenter wrote two days ago, "I just Un-disliked this video! I'm sure you know why" while another said, "Even this is better than YouTube rewind 2018."
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