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5-Minute Crafts is a YouTube channel and is the most subscribed craft channel on YouTube maintained by media publisher TheSoul Publishing,[1] based in Limassol, Cyprus. They also own other YouTube channels such as BRIGHT SIDE, and ACTUALLY HAPPENED. The videos uploaded on 5-Minute Crafts are usually compilations of DIY projects,[2] life hacks,[3] pranks,[4] riddles,[5] and crafts that are posted on both Facebook and YouTube.[6] They are the most subscribed How-To/DIY channel on the platform.[7] Despite this, they have received a lot of criticism by many due to them being a content farming company and posing a danger to viewers by some of their videos.[8]

5-Minute Crafts was, at one point, one of the fastest-growing YouTube channels in subscribers, gaining over 1-4 million subscribers every month and averaging over 200,000-50,000 subscribers every day from 2018 to 2019, and was even at one point the 3rd most subscribed YouTube channel behind PewDiePie and T-Series.[9] In addition, the channel also achieved 500 million video views every month.[10] It's also the fastest channel to have reached 50 million subscribers, doing so in 828 days after the channel was created.[11] Likely due to negative backlash and changes to the YouTube algorithm, 5-Minute Crafts has slowed down in both subscribers and channel views.[12]

Controversy[]

As many people have mentioned, the channel is a huge content farm, churning out as much content as possible without much bother for quality aside from visual.[13] They send out about four 10 minute long videos every day, with high-quality graphics.[14] On closer inspection, you see the content they produce features swift tutorials and crafts, each video is often a compilation of said crafts and is made to fit videos on social media apps with a shorter, speedier format, such as Instagram, where a user requires to make the video under a few seconds to grab viewers' attention and get the point across in time; since Instagram lacks a feature in which a viewer can go to/rewind a particular part of the video. Otherwise, on YouTube, they go slow and add long pauses to add length to the video, which proves that they're clickbait.[15]

The channel is also infamous for its clickbait, where they would display a picture in the thumbnail regarding a specific "life hack", but do not have the same advertised content in the video.[16] They're also known for lying about the quality of all their hacks, acting like something instantly fixes something when it doesn't even though most of their hacks are fake.[17] The channel was also infamous for repeating videos a lot at one point.[18]

One of 5-Minute Crafts video contains a instruction video on using rubber-gloved hand puts a strawberry in bleach to make a white strawberry towards kids.[19] Even if that did work, a bleached strawberry shouldn’t be eaten.[20][21] This result massive backlash from American YouTuber Jarvis Johnson, who pointed out negligence when it comes to kids watching this stuff, especially when fire and power tools are involved.[22][23] Later on 5-Minute Craft deleted the clip of the bleach strawberry scene.[24]

Alternate channels[]

Channel milestones[]

Note: The following dates are according to Social Blade. Dates may vary by one or two days due to differences in time zones.

Subscriber milestones[]

  • 1 thousand subscribers: December 10, 2016
  • 2 thousand subscribers: January 18, 2017
  • 3 thousand subscribers: January 21, 2017
  • 4 thousand subscribers: January 25, 2017
  • 5 thousand subscribers: January 28, 2017
  • 6 thousand subscribers: January 30, 2017
  • 7 thousand subscribers: January 31, 2017
  • 9 thousand subscribers: February 2, 2017
  • 10 thousand subscribers: February 3, 2017
  • 40 thousand subscribers: February 5, 2017
  • 60 thousand subscribers: February 6, 2017
  • 90 thousand subscribers: February 7, 2017
  • 100 thousand subscribers: February 8, 2017
  • 200 thousand subscribers: February 10, 2017
  • 300 thousand subscribers: February 12, 2017
  • 400 thousand subscribers: February 16, 2017
  • 500 thousand subscribers: February 18, 2017
  • 600 thousand subscribers: February 20, 2017
  • 700 thousand subscribers: February 23, 2017
  • 800 thousand subscribers: February 25, 2017
  • 900 thousand subscribers: February 28, 2017
  • 1 million subscribers: March 4, 2017
  • 2 million subscribers: April 7, 2017
  • 3 million subscribers: May 21, 2017
  • 4 million subscribers: June 28, 2017
  • 5 million subscribers: August 4, 2017
  • 6 million subscribers: September 7, 2017
  • 7 million subscribers: October 17, 2017
  • 8 million subscribers: November 18, 2017
  • 9 million subscribers: December 8, 2017
  • 10 million subscribers: December 21, 2017
  • 11 million subscribers: January 4, 2018
  • 12 million subscribers: January 22, 2018
  • 13 million subscribers: February 6, 2018
  • 14 million subscribers: February 23, 2018
  • 15 million subscribers: March 12, 2018
  • 16 million subscribers: March 26, 2018
  • 17 million subscribers: April 8, 2018
  • 18 million subscribers: April 22, 2018
  • 19 million subscribers: May 6, 2018
  • 20 million subscribers: May 18, 2018
  • 21 million subscribers: May 29, 2018
  • 22 million subscribers: June 7, 2018
  • 23 million subscribers: June 17, 2018
  • 24 million subscribers: June 26, 2018
  • 25 million subscribers: July 4, 2018
  • 26 million subscribers: July 11, 2018
  • 27 million subscribers: July 18, 2018
  • 28 million subscribers: July 25, 2018
  • 29 million subscribers: August 2, 2018
  • 30 million subscribers: August 11, 2018
  • 31 million subscribers: August 18, 2018
  • 32 million subscribers: August 26, 2018
  • 33 million subscribers: September 4, 2018
  • 34 million subscribers: September 13, 2018
  • 35 million subscribers: September 22, 2018
  • 36 million subscribers: October 2, 2018
  • 37 million subscribers: October 13, 2018
  • 38 million subscribers: October 21, 2018
  • 39 million subscribers: October 31, 2018
  • 40 million subscribers: November 9, 2018
  • 41 million subscribers: November 17, 2018
  • 42 million subscribers: November 28, 2018
  • 43 million subscribers: December 5, 2018
  • 44 million subscribers: December 13, 2018
  • 45 million subscribers: December 26, 2018
  • 46 million subscribers: January 4, 2019
  • 47 million subscribers: January 17, 2019
  • 48 million subscribers: January 29, 2019
  • 49 million subscribers: February 10, 2019
  • 50 million subscribers: February 21, 2019
  • 51 million subscribers: March 6, 2019
  • 52 million subscribers: March 19, 2019
  • 53 million subscribers: April 5, 2019
  • 54 million subscribers: April 19, 2019
  • 55 million subscribers: May 6, 2019
  • 56 million subscribers: May 30, 2019
  • 57 million subscribers: June 18, 2019
  • 58 million subscribers: July 7, 2019
  • 59 million subscribers: July 28, 2019
  • 60 million subscribers: August 23, 2019
  • 61 million subscribers: September 29, 2019
  • 62 million subscribers: November 11, 2019
  • 63 million subscribers: December 23, 2019
  • 64 million subscribers: February 5, 2020
  • 65 million subscribers: March 6, 2020
  • 66 million subscribers: April 14, 2020
  • 67 million subscribers: June 10, 2020
  • 68 million subscribers: August 31, 2020
  • 69 million subscribers: October 17, 2020
  • 70 million subscribers: December 14, 2020
  • 71 million subscribers: February 14, 2021
  • 72 million subscribers: April 11, 2021
  • 73 million subscribers: July 12, 2021
  • 74 million subscribers: October 16, 2021
  • 75 million subscribers: December 21, 2021
  • 76 million subscribers: March 18, 2022
  • 77 million subscribers: June 18, 2022
  • 78 million subscribers: November 25, 2022
  • 79 million subscribers: February 24, 2023
  • 80 million subscribers: June 10, 2023

Video view milestones[]

  • 9 thousand views: December 9, 2016
  • 10 thousand views: December 10, 2016
  • 20 thousand views: December 19, 2016
  • 30 thousand views: December 28, 2016
  • 40 thousand views: January 14, 2017
  • 50 thousand views: January 17, 2017
  • 60 thousand views: January 19, 2017
  • 70 thousand views: January 21, 2017
  • 80 thousand views: January 23, 2017
  • 90 thousand views: January 26, 2017
  • 100 thousand views: January 27, 2017
  • 200 thousand views: January 31, 2017
  • 300 thousand views: February 2, 2017
  • 700 thousand views: February 4, 2017
  • 1 million views: February 5, 2017
  • 2 million views: February 6, 2017
  • 4 million views: February 7, 2017
  • 7 million views: February 8, 2017
  • 10 million views: February 9, 2017
  • 20 million views: February 12, 2017
  • 30 million views: February 13, 2017
  • 40 million views: February 15, 2017
  • 50 million views: February 17, 2017
  • 60 million views: February 19, 2017
  • 70 million views: February 20, 2017
  • 80 million views: February 21, 2017
  • 90 million views: February 23, 2017
  • 100 million views: February 24, 2017
  • 200 million views: March 13, 2017
  • 300 million views: March 26, 2017
  • 400 million views: April 9, 2017
  • 500 million views: April 23, 2017
  • 600 million views: May 8, 2017
  • 700 million views: May 22, 2017
  • 800 million views: June 2, 2017
  • 900 million views: June 15, 2017
  • 1 billion views: June 27, 2017
  • 2 billion views: October 3, 2017
  • 3 billion views: December 12, 2017
  • 4 billion views: February 13, 2018
  • 5 billion views: April 13, 2018
  • 6 billion views: June 2, 2018
  • 7 billion views: July 13, 2018
  • 8 billion views: August 18, 2018
  • 9 billion views: September 24, 2018
  • 10 billion views: November 5, 2018
  • 11 billion views: December 16, 2018
  • 12 billion views: February 3, 2019
  • 13 billion views: March 29, 2019
  • 14 billion views: June 3, 2019
  • 15 billion views: August 2, 2019
  • 16 billion views: October 11, 2019
  • 17 billion views: January 25, 2020 and February 11, 2020
  • 18 billion views: July 3, 2020
  • 19 billion views: November 29, 2020
  • 20 billion views: April 12, 2021
  • 21 billion views: September 16, 2021
  • 22 billion views: December 19, 2021
  • 23 billion views: March 26, 2022 and July 21, 2022
  • 24 billion views: August 27, 2022
  • 25 billion views: January 21, 2023
  • 26 billion views: May 22, 2023
  • 27 billion views: January 30, 2024

References[]

  1. https://thesoul-publishing.com
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED6ZxkOOLi0
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZFq3KoJ7Xw
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=folseMrN5IU
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHIto6JMfik
  6. https://www.facebook.com/5min.crafts/videos/your-car-will-thank-you-after-these-tips/1575655349922836/
  7. https://socialblade.com/youtube/top/category/howto/mostsubscribed
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQq53-g25d4
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20181217210314/https://socialblade.com/youtube/top/100/mostsubscribed
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20181217183149/https://socialblade.com/youtube/channel/UC295-Dw_tDNtZXFeAPAW6Aw
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-FZ4BYu0O4
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20200928231732/https://socialblade.com/youtube/channel/UC295-Dw_tDNtZXFeAPAW6Aw
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H34hKBR9YAg
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQjpVLffqVg
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8lIA0nAWUk
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ANZ1ttHA2s
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALrJAuhyvFE?t=315
  18. https://www.genaradcliffe.com/home/2019/6/17/i-watched-18-5-minute-crafts-videos-amp-almost-lost-my-mind
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M34pHPRn9Q
  20. https://foodsafety.wisc.edu/assets/pdf_files/safe_handling_strawberries.pdf
  21. https://twitter.com/jarvis/status/1152681195169177600
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Urgvf8d2PA
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoF6Y00Uk84
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXhP0KzNTOo&lc=Ugw6LgJvEw423TJjypZ4AaABAg
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