Mystery of YouTube channel : Webdriver Torso

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Introduction :

As Google,YouTube and other social networking website are full of mystery and I guarantee you that we have not explored 1% of the internet.As one of the issues raised in year 2013 when people saw a mysterious channel in YouTube.As this channel was full of beeping sounds with visuals of red and blue rectangle with white background.As of February-March 2016, over 490,000 videos were uploaded and more than 90,000 people have subscribed to the channel.Though initially a source of speculation for viewers, YouTube has humorously acknowledged that the channel exists as an internal testing utility for YouTube’s performance.

Characteristics of this channel :

Usually all the videos which are uploaded in this channel have a duration of 1 to 15 minutes.Most are 11 seconds long, although they can be 1 minute,5 minutes, or 25 minutes.All are slideshows. The 11 second videos have 9 slides. Each slide is about 1 second long, has a solid white background, and contains two solid color opaque rectangles, one red and the other blue. Both rectangles have a random size, shape, and position in the slide. When the two overlap, the red rectangle always appears over the blue one, and on rare occasions, the red rectangle completely covers up the blue one. Each slide has a random computer-generated wave tone. In the corner of each video it says “aqua.flv – slide (number with four digits)”. Early videos were called “aqua”, then were changed to “tmp” followed by random characters.

Unusual Videos :

The channel has three unusual videos. In one of the rectangle videos, tmpRkRl85, the red rectangle becomes a silhouette of Rick Astley dancing in the second half of the video. The video “00014” is a video recorded in Paris that showed the Eiffel Tower being lit up. At the end of the video, the camera is put down, and the Webdriver Torso Facebook page is visible for a few frames. The last one, “0.455442373793” is only viewable in France, requires a payment of 1.99 euro to watch, and is only payable with a French credit card. It shows an episode of the American adult cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force dubbed in Spanish.

Speculation :

Prior to YouTube’s confirmation of the channel as a test channel, there was some speculation about the identity and content of the videos.

Hypothesis :

Hypothesis about the channel included spy messages, contact by extraterrestrial life-forms, and construction plans.

“Matei” speculation :

On the video “00014”, Webdriver Torso commented “Matei is highly intelligent”. The “Matei” being mentioned is unknown. Basarab Matei, Matei Mancas, Matei Gruber, and Matei Ciocarlie have been suspected. The comment has apparently been removed.

Cicada 3301 speculation :

The combination of the cryptic videos with the use of the phrase “highly intelligent” in the “Matei” comment led many to believe that Webdriver Torso was a part of the ongoing Cicada 3301 recruitment puzzle. Cicada 3301 had previously posted messages with hidden codes in an attempt to recruit “highly intelligent individuals”.

The main purpose of this channel is to test YouTube video quality. After creation, the videos are uploaded to YouTube. The uploaded videos are then compared to the videos before they were uploaded, to see how much quality was lost. When YouTube was asked about Webdriver Torso, they replied: “We’re never gonna give you uploading that’s slow or loses video quality, and we’re never gonna let you down by playing YouTube in poor video quality. That’s why we’re always running tests like Webdriver Torso”.This is a reference to Rick Astley’s song “Never Gonna Give You Up”.

At the end of the discussion we cannot give the definite result but it’s your choice that which side of the coin you want to choose speculations or statement given by YouTube.

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