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Should social platforms penalize users for inappropriate content?

Social media has given the world as many deplorable human beings as it has solid memes. Take Brooke Houts, a YouTuber who accidentally uploaded a video of herself abusing her dog and failed to take it down in time before more savvy viewers shared it for the world to see. Although Houts is now under investigation, her YouTube channel is still up and running. Some are outraged that Houts is still allowed to publish while others feel it’s not YouTube’s responsibility. Which is true?

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Most, if not all, social media platforms have their own guidelines. For YouTube specifically, their Creator Academy states the company follows a “three-strike” rule: If someone thrice uploads content that violates their policies, they’re out. Houts’s original video was admittedly a first-time violation (and just a little bit hypocritical), but it was a first-time violation involving a clearly criminal act. Shouldn’t this warrant a complete denial of any sort of YouTube privilege henceforth? 

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Then there’s Logan Paul. Another infamous YouTuber, Paul garnered international attention for purposefully capturing shocking content on video. He most infamously ventured into Aokigahara—known as the “Aokigahara Suicide Forest”—with the obvious intent of finding the body of a suicide victim on film. Although YouTube initially removed his channels, Paul is now back up and running with original content. Again, shouldn’t the platform make the effort to bar Logan entirely for such heinous offenses? 

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These instances are certainly not unique to YouTube. Each social platform has at one point had (and continues to have) users that upload appalling content with no real consequence. Users like Houts and Paul should be denied entry to any social media account they choose to abuse, with social platforms taking more of a responsibility in how they deal with such detestable swine. 

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It’s more than a platform’s due diligence to set guidelines in place. Other than that, it’s an impossible feat to keep track of every inappropriate thing that’s uploaded on to the internet. The best thing most social media platforms can do is respond to flags, and deal with each user accordingly. Houts may have committed a crime, yes, but that’s for the law to handle. Otherwise, it’s outside of YouTube’s jurisdiction. 

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Social responsibility isn’t exactly the purpose of social media to begin with. It’s really none of their business as to what their users do, especially if they draw attention to the platform themselves. Both Houts and Paul drew a substantial number of eyeballs to the site. If that’s what the public wants, who’s YouTube to keep it from them? 

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Justice gets dealt one way or another. Where Houts is concerned, we just hope John Wick is on his way to handle it. 

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Should social platforms penalize users for inappropriate content?
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#PlatformPenalizes
#NotPlatformsPlace