YouTube India completes 15 years, the platform has the highest number of users in the country

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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YouTube India Celebrates 15 Years in India

YouTube’s 15-Year Milestone in India YouTube, the global video-sharing platform, commemorated its 15th anniversary in India on Wednesday. Remarkably, India boasts the largest user base on YouTube globally, with a staggering 460 million users in the country. To mark this milestone, the company unveiled its future plans during an event in Delhi. Ishan Chatterjee, the company’s director, disclosed that recent surveys indicate a growing preference for virtual and animated content, with 69 percent of users favoring AI-generated content. As a response to this evolving trend, YouTube is prioritizing the integration of AI to cater to the needs of content creators across India.

Evolving Monetization Options and Content Policies

Over the years, YouTube has progressively expanded its monetization offerings for content creators. Chatterjee underscored the company’s commitment to enforcing policies against violent content. YouTube is committed to harnessing new technologies to effectively address and curb the dissemination of such content on the platform.

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The Genesis of YouTube

YouTube’s inception traces back to 2004 when Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, three friends employed at the American multinational financial technology company PayPal, conceptualized an online dating service. The project transitioned from this original idea and emerged as YouTube. The platform officially launched its domain, YouTube.com, on February 14, 2005, coinciding with Valentine’s Day. Although initially stagnant, the platform’s trajectory shifted when Jawed Karim uploaded the first video titled ‘Me at the Zoo’ on April 23, 2005. This 19-second video featured Karim sharing insights about elephants at the San Diego Zoo.

YouTube’s Transformation and Google Acquisition

The inaugural video received more than 1 million views by September 2005 and has since garnered over 260 million views. This video marked YouTube’s pivot from a dating service concept to a video-sharing platform. YouTube rapidly gained traction and investor interest, culminating in Google’s acquisition of the platform in 2006 for a substantial 1.65 billion dollars.

India’s Predominance on the Platform

Presently, India stands as the country with the highest YouTube user count, boasting 460 million users. The United States follows with 240 million users, and Brazil accounts for 140 million users. Notably, the most subscribed channel on YouTube is T-Series, an Indian channel with an impressive subscriber count of 250 million. With a staggering 7 billion videos uploaded to date, watching all the content on YouTube would take an estimated 57,000 years. However, it’s important to note that YouTube remains inaccessible in 23 countries, including China, Iran, and North Korea.

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