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Wall Street Journal Hacked By PewDiePie Fans Defending Their Favorite YouTuber

It's safe to say that fans tend to react strongly when they feel like their object of desire is being targeted. Whether it's an actress, a singer- or in this case, a YouTuber- fans will fiercely defend whoever it is they love simply because they can. But sometimes that love and adoration can drive fans to take things a bit too far.

As reported by The Verge, fans of Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg—the most subscribed YouTuber on the video-based platform—hacked the website of The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper's front page hosted an apology by The Wall Street Journal to PewDiePie due to journalists "misrepresenting" the YouTuber. In addition, the fired journalists would be sponsoring PewDiePie to beat fellow YouTuber T-Series in subscriber numbers.

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To those who don't follow PewDiePie at all, this action by his fans may seem as though it came out of left field. But if you do follow the Swedish YouTuber, then you most likely understand why this mess occurred in the first place. The most popular reason is due to The Wall Street Journal writing multiple articles about PewDiePie's use of anti-Semitic language in old videos of his. Such articles have been blamed for both losing his YouTube Red series, and partnership with Disney's Maker Studios. But another reason concerns with T-Series' being the YouTuber to most likely dethrone PewDiePie in subscriber count alone.

As for The Wall Street Journal, they've managed to take down the page off of their website. A representative from the newspaper explained at the time of the hack that they were, "aware of the issue," and had already launched an investigation on the hacking. Whether anything actually happens from The Wall Street Journal's investigation is hard to tell, as it's far too early to know for certain.

Those who still wish to see it can scroll through on The Internet Archive. If you're even slightly familiar with how the Internet works, then this little fact won't surprise you one bit: what happens on the Internet stays on the Internet. So the hackers' handiwork will no doubt live in infamy forever.

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