The internet lost its “chill” over the weekend when YouTube removed the popular lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study to livestream. After receiving backlash from the owner of the ChilledCow account and its listeners, however, the platform noted the termination as a “mistake” and resumed its service with a brand new stream.
Taking to Twitter to protest the shutdown, the ChilledCow owner first shared a screencap of YouTube’s cessation notice, where it stated that the account was “not in compliance” with the platform’s Terms of Services, resulting in ChilledCow’s termination. Fans rallied behind ChilledCow, with many noting that the account’s soothing beats have gotten them through anxious times in their lives and that the stream lives up to its title of helping listeners “relax/study.”
The YouTube team quickly caught wind of the termination and restarted the ChilledCow account and its livestream, writing, “Thanks for flagging this to us! Our teams confirmed that this was a mistake on our side and your channel has now been reinstated. We’re sorry this happened! We’ve shared feedback with our review team to prevent similar errors from happening in the future.”
The original lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study to video continuously played for almost two years, with reports stating that it streamed for over 13,000 hours and accumulated 218 million views. Although the young girl endlessly finishing her homework in the livestream has become the subject of countless memes, the brief termination of ChilledCow’s account proved that its infinite offering of lofi beats has a strong market after all.
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— ChilledCow (@ChilledCow) February 22, 2020
Thanks for flagging this to us! Our teams confirmed that this was a mistake on our side and your channel has now been reinstated. We’re sorry this happened! We’ve shared feedback with our review team to prevent similar errors from happening in the future.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) February 23, 2020
I am in medical school and this channel helps so much with my anxiety when I’m up late studying and writing papers. YouTube, what’s good?!?!? We honestly need a new social media platform to complete with YouTube.
— Joshua Martel (@Medical_Josh) February 22, 2020
— TheSword (@Trafficly1) February 22, 2020