What’s Going on with Linus Tech Tips?
Sexual harassment allegations and criticism over content errors cause the channel to halt production
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Errors and Allegations: Linus Media Group Halts Production
Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips / YouTube
Linus Sebastian’s “Linus Tech Tips” (LTT) YouTube channel announced on Wednesday that it will not be uploading any videos for at least a week—the first such halt in production in over a decade.
The pause comes amidst a slew of controversies, including accusations from other creators of publishing content with factual errors and allegations from a former employee who says she experienced sexual harassment and mistreatment at the company.
Context: Sebastian has become one of the most recognizable tech creators on YouTube since he first started uploading in 2008. His company, Linus Media Group, has over 26 million combined subscribers across nine channels and employs over 100 people.
So what happened? Two separate storms are swirling…
On Monday, computer review channel Gamers Nexus released a nearly 45-minute video sharing examples of factual errors as well as potential bias due to “corporate connections" in some of LTT’s reviews.
Two days later, ex-employee Madison Reeve posted a thread on X alleging she was “grabbed multiple times in the office” and told her output in the fast-paced work environment was “dogsh*t,” experiences which both took a toll on her mental health.
Big picture: Sebastian stepped down as CEO of Linus Media Group in May to focus less on management and more on making content. “Most successful companies eventually outgrow the leadership of their founders,” he said at the time.
Both Sebastian and new Linus Media CEO Terren Tong (a former corporate tech executive) told The Verge that they’re pausing uploads on the channel to reevaluate their content production processes and hire an “outside investigator” to look into their company culture.
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Zoom out: Many creators’ day jobs are what propel their early growth—consider chef-turned-TikTok creator Chef Reactions or former tech employee Corporate Natalie. For taxi drivers, whose payouts from platforms like Uber and Lyft are falling across the board, social platforms provide an accessible way to generate new income.
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Comedy creators Audrey Trullinger (left), and Kyle Gordan (right), in their music video for “Planet of the Bass” / YouTube
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