YouTube is a major source of news thanks to users and news agencies who upload more than 7000 hours worth of news footage every single day. News sharing on the website has become so popular that YouTube created an infographic just to show off its pretty cool news stats.
Millions of viewers have tuned in to YouTube for both pre-recorded footage added to the site and for live coverage of major breaking events. Here are some of the most viewed YouTube news pieces
- Hurricane Sandy: 70+ hour continuous livestream from The Weather Channel drew 13 million views
- U.S. Presidential Elections: Videos tagged with Obama or Romney racked up over 2.7 billionviews and the debates drew 27 million views
- Syrian Protests: Over 350,000 news and politics videos were uploaded form Syria in 2012
- Red Bull Stratus: 8 million people watched Felix’s jump from space live—the largest live audience to ever assemble on YouTube
YouTube also lists some of its more popular news channels and showcases its 1 billion views club.
Check out the infographic for a quick look at what type of news has been popular on the video sharing website: