So IT support can be a peculiar thing. Just three days into the new year and You Tube is already in hot water. This is because of Logan Paul, a You Tube star with over 15 million subscribers. He also is part of Red subscription. Will he survive You Tube’s first 2018 scandal.
Paul put up a video of Japan’s ‘suicide forest‘. However, this video included a suicide victim. I like to think this was just a lapse a judgement on Paul’s part and he didn’t realize the victim was there. Also, he took the video down, but not soon enough. Yes, he took it down 24 hours after he put it up. However, 24 hours was more than enough time for six million people to watch it. You guessed it; the outrage was intense and furious.
So what about You Tube? After all, this is You Tube’s first 2018 scandal. Somehow, this gory video passed Moderation. Keep in mind this moderation forbids violent and gory real-life content that intends to shock and/or disrespect. To add insult to injury, many of Paul’s fans are minors. We don’t know if You Tube will take disciplinary action against Logan Paul’s channel. However, this appears to be his first strike. If Paul, or anybody, gets three strikes in a 90 day period, then You Tube suspends their account. Logan Paul apologized profusely about this incident.
But I think this is You Tube’s fault just as much as Paul’s, maybe even a little bit more. This proves waiting 24 hours to delete a gory video is 23 hours too late. Also, consider how popular You Tube is getting. In my computer service shop, and in other places, many say they’re canceling cable. They’re replacing it with You Tube’s new 35.00 a month service. With this, one can watch their favorite shows and sports live, just like on cable TV. Furthermore, You Tube already has over a billion users, watching billions of hours a day. This is a recipe for the wild, wild west of social media. You Tube promises AI moderation; goodness knows they need them all. What can be done to prevent the next You Tube scandal?
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