Content creators have been complaining about YouTube’s increase in deplatforming and abuse of their flagging system for quite awhile now but it seems like users are finally flocking to alternative platforms and bringing their audience with them. The platform that has benefited the most from this so far seems to be StreamMe.
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On September 29th, 2018 the number one late night show on YouTube The Killstream hosted by Ethan Ralph and his two co-hosts Zidan and Gator ran a charity stream using the YouTube Superchat For Good feature which assures 100% of the donations go straight to charity. They chose to donate to Ralph’s favorite charity St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The stream was a smashing success and it proceeded to raise over $26,000 for kids with charity.
On the night of the stream I made a fake satire RightWingWatch screenshot about the funds being raised essentially being hate dollars because of some of the edgy jokes that were said during the stream. The stream was something most normal people can relate to, having a good time while also supporting a undeniably great cause. Many people starting sharing my tweet thinking it was a real headline and yet little did I know a couple months later this meme would become a reality.
After the stream ended until November 1st, 2018 not much was made of the stream because the endless praise for helping out a good cause. I mean what kind of sick person would be mad about money being raised for kids with cancer? On October 31st, Ethan Ralph received this e-mail from Yoree Koh who is a “journalist” at Wall Street Journal.
Ralph has dealt with the mainstream media before and declined to comment knowing that there is no benefit to giving these types of obvious smear pieces any response since they will only try to use anything they can against you. The next day Ralph addressed this on Twitter.
That night the Killstream crew went live to discuss the WSJ e-mail and incoming hit piece. Shortly after the stream it was taken offline despite nothing controversial being discussed. After this Zidan who hosts his own stream called the Post Mortem went live with the other two co-hosts which was almost immediately taken down as well. It was clear YouTube was going to take down any attempt of them running a stream that night.
And here is where we circle back to the Healstream because on the next day viewers who had donated money to St. Jude’s during the Healstream began getting refunds for their donations.
It was clear what had taken place as Mister Metokur explained in this tweet.
Timeline: *WSJ contacts host of the Killstream in regards to a story discussing super chats and a charity stream *Within 24 hours the Killstream has superchats disabled and channels struck down *Shortly thereafter 27 thousand dollars raised for charity by them is refunded
Based on the timeline of events one can be pretty certain that the WSJ questioning of St. Jude’s pressured them into returning the money and YouTube removing The Killstream and associated channels from their platform. These are based on superchats that viewers sent in, something the hosts of the show have zero control over. According to the Wall Street Journal, they would rather give money back to people they claim are “racists” than to help kids with cancer. It also opens a huge can of worms for YouTube because it creates the precedent that streamers are now responsible for what superchats are sent in which they have no control over.
Yo, the kids aren't skinhead nazis they just have cancer.
The fact that WSJ are pressuring charities to refund money due to politics is disgusting. The money was to go towards sick kids with cancer, but WSJ are trying to take it away, just so they can get a win.
There is a silver lining, there is no way WSJ can recover from this.
In their statement they clearly disavow and condemn these actions.
Gab unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence.
Additionally, they declare that they are in contact and are cooperating with law enforcement and willing to do anything they can do to help.
Gab took swift and proactive action to contact law enforcement immediately. We first backed up all user data from the account and then proceeded to suspend the account. We then contacted the FBI and made them aware of this account and the user data in our possession. We are ready and willing to work with law enforcement to see to it that justice is served.
Sleeping Giants Tweets out to PayPal and Stripe that they should remove Gab from their service.
Here is a compilation showing how Sleeping Giants constantly cries about deplatforming their political opponents. You would think with their 211,000 Twitter followers they could spread their message and try to refute those who disagree with them instead of trying to get them depersoned from the internet. These only took a couple minutes of searching to find, they have endless Tweets like this.
Blue checkmarks and far left Twitter accounts capitalize on the Suspect having posted on Gab as an opportunity to pressure these payment processors to drop Gab despite their disavowal, reinforcement of their policies, and proactive cooperation with law enforcement.
By the end of the night they had been banned by PayPal, Stripe, Medium, Joyent (Web Hosting), and GoDaddy. Think about that, because of one users post on this platform they were close to being 100% removed from the internet.
In the last 24 hours Gab has been banned from these internet infrastructure providers for supporting free speech and helping law enforcement bring justice to a terrorist:@joyent@paypal@stripe@medium@godaddy
Here are examples of other acts of terror where the perpetrators had used social media including deaths livestreamed on Facebook Live. No mainstream media calls for these social media giants to be removed.
In fact, here are hundreds of Tweets with direct threats of violence towards President Donald Trump.
With this precedent the Silicon Valley tech conglomerate can continue to use their stranglehold on the market to virtually deperson their competition and political opponents and this should concern everybody. Gab has been forced to jump through all sorts of hurdles to aim to get back on the Internet shortly (statement below) but expect this trend to continue against Gab and other platforms.
Just got a call from my parents—who are not home—their neighbor smelled gas, called the fire company.
Someone turned on the propane tank on my parent’s gas grill, turned the burner on, and let the propane leak out.