An Irish vlogger who recently deleted thousands of videos from his YouTube account said he did so because the internet is a different place to where he started creating them.
Jonathan Saccone Joly, who has been documenting his life with his wife Anna and their children for over 12 years, recently announced that he has removed all of his YouTube videos from the platform.
The influencer first started vlogging his life in Cork before he and his family moved to England, where he now lives with his wife and four children.
Saccone Jolys vlogs have amassed millions of views and they have racked up over 1.7 million subscribers.
On Tuesday, Jonathan said the internet isn’t as safe as it used to be because it was once “a happy place”.
He said if he started making YouTube vlogs today, he wouldn’t be doing them the same way.
“It was going through my head why not just get rid of it? Because it’s there and it’s indexed, and it’s categorized, and it’s not the same anymore,” he said.
He said he still stands by what they created and has no regrets about it.
“When we were doing this, the world was different. People’s appetites were different,” Jonathan said, adding that at the time it was “a fun experience.”
When asked on 96FMabout people moving rigs but not deleting their old catalog, Jonathan said his kids changed his perspective.
He said it was ‘a constant evolution’ adding: ‘I’m not going to sit there and be like what I did was terrible. It wasn’t, it was back then. That was what a lot of people were doing like you.”
The 42-year-old said his eldest had reached an age where she would ask not to be put in certain videos, which Jonathan said he was happy about.
YouTube was “a very, very good passive income,” Jonathan said, adding that “it was hard to just turn it off and delete everything.”
He said millions of people watched the shows and “it was still a great deal”.
“There’s so much weaponized information out there and I don’t feel like this is the safe place for this story that it was, so I’m just going to take it off the internet.”
Jonathan said they’ve moved away from management and agencies in recent years, which has put them back in control of their content.
Speaking in a new video, a YouTube live recorded on Tuesday and the only video currently on their page, the couple opened up about their regrets since becoming parents.
They included things like listening to other people’s opinions and caring too much about what people thought of them.
Both Jonathan and Anna said they were more easily influenced when they were younger and were happy to be more themselves when they started their careers on YouTube.
Anna said some of the “awful” comments or messages she received made her more adept at dealing with negativity on social media.
Addressing the removal of their back catalog, the couple reiterated that they have no regrets documenting their lives on YouTube. “It was so much fun documenting everything,” Anna said.
Jonathan added that new videos will continue on the channel with a more formatted style.