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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has published her latest letter to YouTube’s community of creators, and as usual there are some new figures alongside the recap and future plans. The big number: “Over the last three years, we’ve paid more than $30 billion to creators, artists, and media companies,” wrote Wojcicki.

She also provided an update on some of the livestreaming activity that YouTube saw in 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. “In the first half of the year, total daily livestreams grew by 45 percent,” she wrote. “And from artists performing in their living rooms to churches moving their services online, more than half a million channels live streamed for the first time in 2020. Those first time streamers accounted for more than 10 million streams on the platform.” Brazilian artists Jorge & Mateus are called out for a garage concert that has been watched more than 40m times.

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