I’m supposed to be writing other stuff right now, but damn. This post isn’t about silly little trolls in their silly little worlds trying to bait angry reactions out of people. It’s about the way they’re dealt with on public sites when they cross the boundaries of ‘aww, isn’t the little troll cute’ into ‘wow – it’s NOT OKAY to say that’.
Some time last week Machinima posted a rather tacky, tasteless and pretty all-around cringeworthy for BOTH genders video. I was delighted to see the general tone of the comments were, from as many men as women, ‘this is just horrible’. The video’s gone now (yay!), but I did leave a comment on there expressing my happiness at seeing the overall negative response the video was getting, and signed it ‘from a female videogame player’. One user responded to my comment thusly;
nobody gives a fuck. stay mad youll never be that hot. kill yourself
I don’t usually bother giving those people the time of day but I guess I had nothing better to do than sling poop at trolls when I saw the comment, and went back and replied ‘Ah, another lonely little boy’.
Then I got this private message from the user:
you reek of pseudo-intellectual. youre just another ugly slut that uses the title of gamer girl to attract all the omega autists of the world.
I hope you get raped and beaten in front of the person you love the most in this world.
Judging by the technical grasp of English (or lack thereof) displayed in his other comments around YouTube I’m guessing he either got someone to write that for him, or saw it being used elsewhere and employed his magnificent Copy-Pasta skills to save it for later. Anyway, I digress. I get a lot of stock-misogynistic comments, usually about getting back in the kitchen and ‘boobs or GTFO’, but this was a bit worse than the usual. I reported it to YouTube. This is YouTube’s harassment reporting window;
You’ll note there are fields for linking to public content. The form will not let you send unless you’ve linked to public content, either a comment on a video or comments on a channel, even if you’ve filled in details of a private message in the ‘additional notes’ box below. I HAD to link to public content before I was able to submit the form. Fortunately for me, the user seemed to have a hobby of finding videos with black people in and calling them niggers, so I wasn’t short of examples to link.
Today I received the following response from YouTube:
Action TakenThank you for your report of harassment. We have removed the relevant content you identified within your report.
I went and looked at the guy’s channel. You know what they’ve done? They’ve deleted ONLY the content I reported, and the account is still there. Not only is the account still there, but he’s still flaming abuse;
shut the fuck up moral fag
Apparently being sent a private message from a user wishing you’ll be ‘raped and beaten in front of the person you love most in this world’ is not enough for an account ban. It’s not even enough for an account ban when five or six ‘shut the fuck up, nigger’ -esque comments are included with the report. YouTube are perfectly happy to let that user stay there hurling abuse at people, even though it’s in YouTube’s community guidelines that hate speech against minority groups is not tolerated.
Which part of ‘not tolerated’ do you not understand, YouTube?