October 1, 2014
Update RE: YouTube Sex Abuse


Hey all. I’ve been tweeting updates but I thought putting it all here might be easier. Although you may have noticed some quieting, this problem has not been solved and we’re still working on it. Here’s what I’m personally working on:

Working with the survivors. Another charge of…

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October 1, 2014
"How could an organization that monitors its employees’ appearance and regulates how long they can celebrate on the field not pursue, with the same zeal, available video evidence of one of them knocking out his fiancée in an elevator?"

Ian Crouch on Husain Abdullah and the N.F.L.’s unsportsmanlike conduct.

(via newyorker)

Yes, true. However, to that I say:

Dear New Yorker: How can an organization that makes a huge chunk of profit from advertising on their users’ uploads and regulates with incredible intensity the possibility of copyright abuse on those videos, not pursue with the same zeal the possibility that there is sexual violence and other crimes present in its content? 

It isn’t hypothetical: it is real and happening and is creating a culture of sexual harassment the same way the NFL contrinbutes to one of domestic abuse. Read how how they are alike or different here, and please join the call to hold Google/YouTube to at the very least the same  responsibility standards that the media has been demanding of the NFL.

(Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)

October 1, 2014

raven-puffle said: I did some research last night and found some information about some of the most popular and viewed ads on youtube. also tumblr won't let me send a link to what i found in an ask But I'm sure there must be a more complete list somewhere but google/youtube is more than likely the only ones who have a complete list and i'm not sure the best way about trying to get it or figure out who the biggest advertisers are.

Can you make a post and mention me in it? Then I’ll reblog.

There has to be a report somewhere on this; reporters are always writing articles about Adsense and YouTube’s revenues. Does anyone know how to best determine the biggest advertisers on Google/YT? 

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October 1, 2014

Anonymous said: I'm anonymous for the little protection is provides. Youtube is massive, there are videos of violence & harassment globally. That is why the report function is so important. Youtube allows the community to police itself. The fact that Pepper could profit from his actions is a flaw in the system, & the community at large. Youtube couldn't exist if it had to employ the quantity of moderators that it would take to police it internally. I'm not absolving them of their failings, but giving context.

I’m aware of all these things. I’m not saying hiring all those moderators is the answer (though I am unconvinced they don’t actually have the capital). But I’m not one of YouTube’s and Google’s highly paid geniuses working on world solutions, either. They have the resources, they have the mouthpiece, they have the ability to bring this issue to a higher stance and do more to educate their audience and their creators so that the report function works better.

I don’t have the answer. And I hate not offering answers when flagging a problem. But that’s why Google hires the best, right? To find the right answers. This is an issue it HAS to start focusing on, and it hasn’t. At all. Not out of lack of ability to do so - not out of not realizing there’s an issue going on (it’s more than six months since these allegations started rolling down the hill and I believe more than a year since Lombardo started serving his sentence - you can bet Google execs knew of these things). There is a lack of will to do anything, and that is completely unacceptable.

The NFL can’t put monitors inside the homes of all their players, either, even if they DID have the money. Yet the sum total of what it has done eclipses what YouTube has done many, many times over. I’d argue what it has done is 100% more what YouTube has done (as a “report button” may, perhaps, considered actually reporting the incident to the police in real life, as anyone who witnesses an incident could).

October 1, 2014

chescaleigh said: That post just have me LIFE. Thank you. I will gladly reach out to my press contacts and let you know who I hear back from. Thanks for such a detailed and pro-active post

Thank you! I have now contacted several outlets individually and several reporters I respect very much, and am creating a more general blast to send to the large quantity of journalists I have collected in my inbox from my career as one as well as 13+ years of HP reporting. There has to be a thing we can do, because YT/Google can really make a difference here if they tried. Or they can continue to stand idly by and only be forced to marginal action by major social media efforts, and profit off those same creators. It’s not right.

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October 1, 2014

raven-puffle said: so my friend and i were talking about it and we were thinking that while making google take a stance on what is happening that possibly a more effect way to go about it would be to contact the large brands who advertise on the videos that youtube hosts and tell them whats going on and see if they put pressure on youtube/google because like you said they only care when it involves money. Also I'd love to help with that or anything in general if there is any way I could be of use

That is ABSOLUTELY true and something I was thinking about this morning. NFL responded in part because the sponsors were backing down (which is in response to public pressure, in response to media attention, etc). Who are the largest advertisers on Google’s networks and the third party networks? They should see what this platform is doing, too.

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September 30, 2014

Anonymous said: Hi Melissa! Just read your post re. sexual abuse and YouTube. As the founder of LeakyCon, what policy do you have in place to protect your attendees? What work is LeakyCon doing to stop abusers from making a foothold within its community (I know at least two from wrock bands have been accused)? Thank you!

What an excellent question I should have seen coming and now cannot possibly not reply to! That’s OK though, I feel really proud of my team’s action on this score. They are heavily invested and care an incredible amount.

We have always had harassment and other violations listed in our terms for purchasing a ticket, as well as the stipulation that we reserve the right to remove any person from the event; we also now have a mandatory code of conduct linked on our front page of our web site and in our program book. We have a zero tolerance policy about harassment of our guests that has been adhered to to the best of our human ability. We instituted a hotline for guests who felt threatened and put that information in our guidebook and on our website. (We had zero reported incidents through this hotline during this year’s event.) And we welcome and take seriously any reported incident or concern, and welcome additional ideas to improve all methods. :)

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September 30, 2014

Profit in Sexual Abuse on YouTube: It’s Google, Too.

So. This is going to be long. Strap in.

I’ve been a skosh slapdash about doing the appropriate reading, so I just caught up on all this Sam Pepper stuff. If you haven’t, watch the video I posted above by lacigreen. It is the basic rundown of what has gone on way too long.

Very short summary? There is a collection of male YouTubers making careers out of being assholes, which is no surprise: what was a surprise to me was to learn that some of them are uploading well-documented illegal behavior* (pinching women’s butts, wagging their penises at unsuspecting women, tying women up, handcuffing themselves to women, kissing women without consent, and even in one broadcast what appears to be an actual physical assault - see the video above video for footage of ALL of these things). For their channels which include this well-documented illegal behavior, they have been roundly rejected from the media platform and creator community before they could gain a foothold and then were served arrest warrants in their homes have made money and gained fans. 

In the wake of the clamor caused by this well-documented illegal behavior, women have begun to come forward with stories of sexual assault, and in some cases rape, perpetrated by the makers of these videos. We, of course, now sit through silence from the alleged** offenders while their PR agents and legal teams - bought and paid for with the money they made by uploading videos including well-documented illegal behavior - circle the wagons and try to save their careers from ending and their lives from incarceration.

Now, I am not going to go into the heinous nature of their actions, though well-documented illegal behavior is the nicest terminology I could work up for it… and that’s because Laci Green is leading a movement inside and outside the YouTube community on that topic, and she does it best. 

There’s another element of it all that has been eating at me. I’ve said five times now how YouTube is hosting this illegal activity and allowing these execrable people and their copycats to prosper and potentially become famous off of it. YouTube itself is prospering from it. And now these little twerps, these putrescent skin-sacks impersonating actual humans, are walking TV studios, with teams and assistants and editors and agents and managers. With power and influence to scare victims into silence. Who reach millions upon millions of people inside of a keystroke and can drum up a tidal wave of support for almost anything they do, including and most importantly…yes…well-documented illegal behavior.

So here is my question.

Where is Google/YouTube in all of this?

[I had to put it under a cut. It’s kind of really really long.]

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September 29, 2014


Remember when I blindly hated Russel Brand? I fucked up.

(Source: idontcareimjustinspired, via mightymudha)

September 29, 2014
There was once a day …

… in which I did not know about The Red Pill.

That day has now passed. Well, summer sang in me a little while, that in me sings no more.

Thanks, MRA. You guys are freaking awesome.

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