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YouTube influencers draw flak for their ‘insensitive and irresponsible’ pranks

April 21st, 2020

According to Alexa, an Amazon-developed technology, YouTube ranked second in their list of most visited websites around the world. And this finding is not surprising as millions of people entertain themselves daily with the videos available on the online platform. With a wide range of content that includes educational videos, documentary films, and music videos, viewers can never get bored on the website. But video blogging (popularly known as “vlogging”) remains to be one of the most popular forms of content on the website.

The most uploaded vlogs include house tours, Q&A sessions, and practical jokes. The latter of which is supposed to be fun, however, viewers debated online that some influencers create unamusing and often mean-spirited kinds of pranks.

Recently, YouTuber Seth AD Cruz Robles publicly express his opinions about this matter through a Facebook post. He described some Youtubers’ content as “insensitive and irresponsible”. This can especially be disconcerting as their videos appeal to many teenage viewers, who may be influenced by their improper behavior.

Included in his post are screenshots from the accounts of several influencers including Zeinab Harake, Toni Fowler, Christian Merck Gray, and many more. Most of them pulled out pranks that can be deemed sensual and abusive.

Photo credit: Facebook.com/DalleRobles

Photo credit: Facebook.com/DalleRobles

Robles said that these controversial videos should be demonetized. He also clarified that he called out these content creators to let them know that some of their uploads are inappropriate–hoping that they will reconsider producing more wholesome vlogs.

As of this writing, Robles’s post gained more than 24,000 shares, 20,000 reactions, and 1,000 comments.

Youtube and other SocMed platforms are full of insensitive and irresponsible influencers.How I wish na ma-demonetize…

Posted by Seth AD Cruz Robles on Sunday, April 19, 2020

 

Vlogging is a great avenue to express your thoughts and opinions–and it can be a fun career, as well. But topics centered on love and positivity could also be a way to engage your viewers and make your channel worth watching.

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