YouTube sensation Soph reported that YouTube has demonetized her channel claiming she threatened a YouTube employee.
The email from YouTube reads:
One of your recent videos on your channel [soph] made a threat against a YouTube employee. While we recognize your right to air grievances with YouTube, the threats you’ve made to our employees are unacceptable and against our YouTube Partner Program Policies. Therefore, as of today, your channel is not eligible to monetize and you will not have access to monetization tools and features.”
— soph (@sewernugget) May 22, 2019
The email also indicates that Soph will still have access to her YouTube channel and even be able to seek advice from YouTube’s Creator Academy.
YouTube does not point out the video where the alleged threats were made. In fact, Soph’s most recent video upload to YouTube was over a month ago. That video was a re-upload of her Parental Discretion Advised video where she referenced YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in the introduction.
“Susan, I’ve known your address since last summer. I’ve got a Luger and a mitochondrial disease. I don’t care if I live. Why should I care if you live or your children? I just called an Uber. You’ve got about seven minutes to draft up a will. … I’m coming for you, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.”
Soph explained in her description of the re-uploaded video why she removed the introduction referencing Wojcicki:
“the intro sequence was so absolutely haram and damaging to Susan that it got struck down for “harassment” and “cyber-bullying”, (for the second time) so here is a re-upload of the video without it.”
Soph has found herself in the middle of controversy ever since BuzzFeed News reporter Joseph Bernstein ran a scathing piece targeting the YouTube star titled, “YouTube’s Newest Far-Right, Foul-Mouthed, Red-Pilling Star Is A 14-Year Old Girl.”
In his article, Bernstein called on YouTube to censor the internet sensation and even tacitly took credit for YouTube striking her account which prevents her from uploading videos for a week.
“But Soph’s popularity raises another, perhaps more difficult question, about whether YouTube has an obligation to protect such users from themselves — and one another.”
After being contacted about the story, YouTube reviewed Soph’s channel. It removed the video containing the death threat against Wojcicki, but not “Be Not Afraid” or any others. The company also issued Soph a strike, which prevents her from uploading videos for a week.”
After the publication of Bernstein’s article, Soph’s channel received a second strike. Not only did she receive a second strike, but she reported that YouTube disabled her ability to upload videos.
uuhhhh, Susan,,,,, pic.twitter.com/3Ozcf0EeIg
— soph (@sewernugget) May 14, 2019
The article also appears to have jump-started multiple police investigations into Soph. One of those investigations was based on the alleged threats made to YouTube’s CEO Wojcicki in the introduction of her video. However, the Tiburon Police Department determined it was not a credible threat. Kron4 reported, “The Tiburon Police Department determined the threat was not credible since the 14 -year-old does not have access to any firearms.”
A separate investigation conducted by the Central Marin Police was reportedly conducted after complaints were issued by students at her school.
What do you make of YouTube demonetizing Soph?