We Need To Save Social Media, Things Are Getting Out Of Hand

We Need To Save Social Media, Things Are Getting Out Of Hand

YouTube and Facebook are spiraling out of control.


Major internet corporations have been dominating the news lately, for reasons ranging from bad to worse. On April 3rd, we saw an angry YouTuber, whose name I choose not to mention, shoot up the headquarters of YouTube. The clearest motive that authorities have for this shooting is the fact that the shooter had her YouTube videos demonetized, and was outraged about it.

This week we are watching Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, give a congressional testimony regarding security issues, and censoring, on Facebook.

I state all of this to paint an accurate backdrop for what is happening and has been happening, in social media and internet culture.

I was devastated to hear about the shooting, and suicide, surrounding the YouTube headquarters. When the news was unfolding, I was wondering what the possible motive could have been. Maybe it was a terrorist attack? A disgruntled employee? I couldn't reason why someone with a handgun would go into YouTube's HQ, fire a few shots, and then kill themselves. Then the news came out that the shooter was an avid YouTuber, focusing mainly on vegan issues and exercise, that had recently found out she was demonetized (i.e. wasn't allowed to make any more money off of ads on her videos).

Her motive was now clear, and it's something that has been bound to happen for a long time.

No one should solve issues like this with violence, but YouTube and Facebook have been playing with fire for a long time, in terms of restricting their users. The issue of demonetization has been hitting dissenting voices on YouTube, like Dave Rubin, Philip DeFranco, Steven Crowder, Blaire White, and many others, for years now.

We had the issue, titled "Adpocalypse," pop up last year. "Adpocalypse" was a situation where YouTube tried to appease advertisers by implementing wide algorithms that demonetized videos deemed "hateful". The problem with these algorithms is that they would demonetize videos that didn't deserve to have their ads pulled. YouTube was notoriously silent about rebuttals to this new policy change, all while still supporting obvious jerks (but obvious cash-cows) like Logan and Jake Paul.

This same type of issue was brought up with Mark Zuckerberg this week, regarding the conservative duo Diamond and Silk being deemed as "unsafe to the community" on Facebook. There has been a lot of speculation about the way Facebook has been promoting and diminishing certain types of media or voices on their platform, and it has been pissing a lot of people off.

Again, I'm not trying to say that the shooting at YouTube was justified. The shooter was mentally ill, as well as being enraged by her demonetization, and this isn't the proper way to react. But, YouTube and Facebook need to learn a lesson from everything being laid at their feet right now.

Both companies have manipulated the ways their platforms work because they have obvious leanings (and not just politically).

Someone like Philip DeFranco, who has a very unbiased news-clip show, gets demonetized easier than someone like Logan Paul, who literally mocked a dead body on his channel, because Philip isn't as big of a payday as Logan. This is the kind of stuff that makes people want to switch platforms, form their own sites, rebel against YouTube/Facebook, or just plain shoot up the businesses.

If YouTube and Facebook want to preserve their websites they need see what everyone else is seeing. Pointless changing rules and constant baseless censorship is going to be the downfall of social media if it isn't fixed soon.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Taylar Banks

May 25, 2020: the day that will forever be remembered as the day George Floyd lost his life at the hands of cops.

The day that systematic racism again reared its head at full force in 2020.

Keep Reading... Show less

These 17 Black-Owned Businesses Ship Baked Goods, Rosé, And Even Fried Chicken Nationwide

Eat your way through this country's greatest food — from your couch.

Call it the easily bored Gemini in me, but I'm constantly looking for new food to try. Usually, travel quenches my taste for new and exciting cuisines, but given the fact that international travel is not always a possibility, I've begun exploring alternatives.

In the interest of wanting to support the Black community and Black-owned businesses, and also wanting to try some of the country's greatest food without having to get off my couch, I started off (pessimistically) doing research, only to find that the options were vast.

Keep Reading... Show less

24 Beauty And Style Brands Donating To The Fight To End Police Brutality Against Black People

From small, boutique brands to legacy fashion brands.

The worlds of beauty and fashion often collide, whether for good or bad. In both, underrepresentation has always been, and remains to be, a major unresolved issue. After the recent killing of George Floyd, many people are rightfully enraged, compounded by the fact his death in police custody wasn't an isolated incident.

Police brutality against Black people is not new, and isn't going away till we start dedicating resources to fighting it. Many of us, as individuals, have only begun in the last week scratching the surface of what it means to educate ourselves on race, historical race relations, and how to be an ally to the Black community.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because You Can Still Connect While Disconnecting From Social Media

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

I don't know if you've heard, but there's a lot going on right now, particularly in relation to George Floyd's death, Black Lives Matter, and public protest of racial injustice in the United States. While we can all agree that this deserves conversations, change, and actionable good, social media arguments with Great Aunt Linda are not where social change begins and ends. Spending too much time scrolling through your phone has never been healthy, but now it's even more addicting — what does that one person from my hometown say about this? How can I further education within discussions? Am I posting enough?

Keep Reading... Show less

I don't know about you, but reading is at the top of my to-do list this summer... especially with all the social distancing I'll still be doing. If, like me, you're hoping to pick up a romantic page-turner (or a couple dozen), here are 23 romance novels by Black authors you'll absolutely LOVE reading.

Keep Reading... Show less

22 Black-Owned Etsy Shops With The Perfect Gifts For Everyone In Your Life — Including You

Treat yourself and your loved ones while supporting Black creatives and artisans.

R-KI-TEKT, Pontie Wax, Lovely Earthlings, and blade + bloom on Etsy

The world is taking action against the injustices and under-representation plaguing Black lives, and one small but impactful thing you can do to actively make a difference is support Black-owned businesses.

Etsy is likely one of your go-to sites for gift-buying, but have you ever paid attention to which independent artists and sellers you're buying from?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

True Self-Care Is HARD, That Face Mask Isn't Actually Going To Solve Your Problems

There's a line between self-care and self-destruction.

Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past few years has seen something somewhere about self-care whether it was on Facebook, Twitter, or their Instagram feed. Oftentimes it's pictures of celebrities or influencers sipping green smoothies or slathering on mud masks with #selfcare. It's posts like these that made me realize that "self-care" has become the ultimate buzz word, soaring in popularity but in the process, it's lost most of its original meaning. It's time to set the record straight and reclaim the term.

Although self-care has been around for quite some time, within the past few years it's been misconstrued and commodified as our capitalist society tends to do with things it thinks can be profited off. Self-care is now being peddled as something that can be bought and sold on the shelf at Target rather than something that takes real work to achieve. This fake self-care movement is not only enabling people to over-indulge themselves, but it has created a crutch for people to avoid the responsibility of taking true care of themselves. Instead of doing the work that needs to be done, many people fall into the trap of rewarding themselves for doing nothing at all — this can quickly become an unhealthy coping mechanism, especially with corporations cheering us on (to buy their next product). Long, hard day at work? Just grab your third iced coffee of the day! Fight with your SO? Buy that 50-dollar face mask, it'll make you feel better! This is how self-care becomes self-sabotage and self-destructive.

Keep Reading... Show less

Minorities are consistently under-represented in our day-to-day lives, notably in the world of fashion. It's likely you're looking for a way to support black artists. Whether that's the case or you're just a fashion-lover in general, these brands aren't just some of the best black-owned fashion brands — they're some of the most innovative brands of our time, period.

From luxury staples to fun accessories and loungewear, these brands aren't just stunning names you should definitely be following on Instagram, each honors the founder's roots in unique ways with the power of storytelling through artistic expression that manifests in pieces we can't wait to wear.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments