Warning: This story contains sexually explicit material.
YouTube reaches more than 81.2 percent of Internet users in the U.S. And predictably, YouTube drew 31.8 million users aged 18 to 24. Apart from the legal age (i.e., 18), younger visitors (Millennials) tend to spend more time on the site. According to PornHub Insights, 60% of their overall site users typically interact with the site are Millennials, compared to our older generations of viewers. A browsing habit that stands true for porn related searches on YouTube.
The content on YouTube is so diverse, that within one click you could teleport from an educational video seminar for naked girls dancing on Harlem shake. Even if you are browsing simple, entertaining videos, you are bound to stumble upon “Adult prank videos,” “Controversial social experiments,” that attracts your attention with the help of “seductive thumbnail” titled “GONE WRONG.”
There are multiple “YouTube Personalities” on this platform who have been accused of (or) admitted to sexual misconduct with fans. These channel creators dance between the thin blurred line of YouTube community guidelines that states “A video that contains nudity or other sexual content may be allowed if the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic, and it isn’t gratuitously graphic.”
Here is a list of some famous YouTube personalities who used their “Celebrity status” to lure teenagers around the globe.
Views – 6,349,169
Date – March 2014
After Rosianna Halse Rojas described the painful and harrowing experience of spending years being manipulated, compelled; on her personal blog, musician Sunny Williams and YouTuber Sara Snitch shared a similar story on their blog posts pointing out Alex Carpenter. We can go into details, but we prefer you to read the whole story. Click HERE to know about Sunny William’s experience and HERE for a bold letter titled “Yes, this is another post about being manipulated by a YouTuber.”
Alex left the world of social media (including YouTube) 2 years ago as a result of this allegation.
Subscribers – 866,027
Viewership – 74,962,541
British YouTube vlogger Alex Day (nerimon – at that time) founded Chameleon Circuit – a Doctor Who-centric band. Later that year, two members of this band came under fire for sexual assault by the girls, who were 17 and 15 at the time.
After these claims came into the public’s eye, about 14 cases including Day’s former girlfriend, have come forward to allege that Alex Day behaved inappropriately and in some cases allegedly committed sexual assault. (This does not hold true in all the cases).
In the aftermath, all his albums and other media were promptly pulled from the DFTBA website and he acknowledged this with now deleted confection stating “I created situations that put people under enormous pressure,” he wrote. “I’m deeply, deeply ashamed of this.”
Subscribers – 37,912
Viewership – 1,994,370
Ed Blann, better known as Eddplant among the YouTube community, was part of Chameleon Circuit – a Doctor Who-centric band. In 2013, Hannah Thompson wrote a post (now deleted) accusing Blann of sexual and emotional abuse; for which he accepted the allegations. (check the screenshot below)
After a year of silence, he released his first video called “Inhuman Nature,” in which he sang about flaws and regret, but many of his former fans feel that he shouldn’t be allowed back into the community or to make money off his past abuse of victims.
Subscribers – 442,634
Viewership – 29,914,939
On Sept. 27, YouTuber Ania Magliano-Wright alleged in a video that Jason Viohni (442,635 subs) got her drunk and slept with her when they met up in London when she was 15.
Viohni addressed the allegations in a video in which he does not deny his actions, but blames his Mormon upbringing and alcohol dependency on his behavior.
Subscribers – 1,165
Viewership – 81,677
Kelly Montoya was another YouTube musician with an expired YouTube channel called “K3LLYRI0T.” In early 2014, Jackie Farrell wrote a Tumblr post labeling Montoya as “a rapist and sexual abuser.”
In a video that’s since been deleted, Montoya admitted that “I can now see the things I did would be called emotional abuse” and blamed everything on mental illness.
Mike was signed to Hank Green’s DFTBA Records with more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube (at that time). In 2012, he was arrested after a prolonged federal investigation that resulted in charges of encouraging minors to send him explicit photos and videos of themselves masturbating.
The FBI found “thousands upon thousands of inappropriate pictures and videos of minors” on his phone and computer
Lombardo eventually pled guilty to receiving child pornography and was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of five years in prison.
Subscribers – 2,234,700
Viewership – 541,650,604
Gregory J who also is known as Onision runs a YouTube comedy channel with more than 3 million cumulative YouTube subscribers. In a video about a particular ex, he slut-shamed her saying that she is a “she was a “slut” who cannot be raped.” Onision did post videos trying to clarify his statement, but they did little to extinguish the community anger.
The YouTube community banned him from Vidcon for 2 years
Subscribers – 2,413,474
Viewership – 68,980,187
According to Sam Pepper – You can pitch women’s butt in the name of Social experiment.
Former Big Brother houseguest and YouTube prankster, Sam Pepper faced controversy when he posted a prank video that showed him pinching the behinds of unsuspecting women.
After YouTube community backfired, he stated that it was a part of his series of social experiments which were meant to bring attention to domestic abuse, in particular, female-on-male abuse.
A report from the BBC revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department investigated Sam Pepper on “suspicion of a sexual offense.”
In the wake of this controversy, several women, including YouTuber Dottie Martin claimed that Pepper tried force inappropriate contact during a date and an anonymous woman who claimed Pepper had non-consensual sex with her during an encounter.
These are just eight cases of the YouTubers with their contributions of infinite heinous proportions. CLICK here to check out more YouTubers who were in this kind of scenarios.
On 20th of May 2009, members of 4Chan and eBaum’s World were behind a mass campaign of uploading pornographic content on YouTube to celebrate “Porn Day.” Attackers used popular tags like “Hanna Montana” to attract YouTube users to view the videos.
This practice of “porn bombing” is still going on strong on YouTube even now. There is also a subreddit called r/youtubetitties, where users post links to YouTube videos having sexual content or nudity in it.
What exactly can YouTube do to stop it?
More than 72 hours of video gets uploaded to the Google-owned site every minute. It’s been estimated that policing that content would cost the company $35 billion a year. And with their 3 billion of profit; things like flashing, groping, and harassing will continue to be strong on YouTube.
Being an artist, movie buff and a media enthusiast, content writing is my career train. I am a proud alumni of Symbiosis Institute of Media Communication (Pune) and currently working for Vidooly.