She warned the controversial Article 13 component "threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people ... to upload content to platforms like YouTube."
Every quarter, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki shares a letter with the video platform's creators, updating them on her priorities and new developments from the past few months. On Monday (Oct. 22), she used this as an opportunity tout a 75-percent increase in channels over the last year with more than 1 million subscribers and over 1 billion monthly visitors to the platform, as well as YouTube Music's expansion across Europe--, Canada and Brazil. But most notably she warned against the impact the European Union's Copyright Directive -- specifically its controversial Article 13 component -- could have on its community, saying the legislation will kill the internet as we now know it for users, creators and artists alike.
This is the first time Wojcicki has been so vocals about the legislation, which passed in European Parliament last month, and in her letter warned that Article 13 "threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people ... to upload content to platforms like YouTube."