Reddit users were recently trying to get to the bottom of why a hugely successful YouTuber named Innocent Whispers suddenly quit her channel and left all forms of social media. What they uncovered is one of the saddest stories we’ve heard in a long while. With nearly 50,000 subscribers and growing at a rapid rate, YouTuber Innocent Whispers was a highly respected and dedicated ASMR creator. Having launched her channel in 2016, the creator, real name Lucy Clout, gained a huge following and saw her videos gain hundreds of thousands of views.
However, after people noticed she’d seemingly vanished from the Internet, the creator took to Reddit to explain exactly what drove her offline. Sadly, Lucy had revealed severe hate and online bullying that forced her to make a decision to come off social media and YouTube despite all the love and support she had from most of her viewers.
As Innocent Whispers detailed in a statement you can read below, the abuse was so extensive and went further than just a comment or two on her videos.
“So not sure if anyone will actually see this, as I literally just made this account to write this (and I’m totally useless at Reddit!) ANYWAY.
Some of you may have seen my channel is down, and this as mentioned is due to constant abuse. I don’t mean – the odd ‘bitch etc’ comments on actual YouTube, but I mean emails, social media messages, sending screenshots mid video and saying how deformed I am, ganging up to dislike videos and abuse on perfectly normal live streams and being sent links to discussion forums where I’m called a ‘camwhore/bitch/slut’ everyname under the sun you can think of. Sure – it’s not life threatening, but it sucks when you just want to create fun content, and you’re not even close to any of the things mentioned.
If I do return, I will not be having a Patreon (due to abuse on there as well), or an Amazon Wish List. I only used these to get things for my channel, not for personal gain.
Thank you if you have supported me, I’ve worked really hard on my channel since around August 2016 (when I properly started to upload), and I would hate to just throw that away.
Thanks guys – lucy x” [sic]
We really hope Lucy will return to YouTube and excell as a creator but we have to admit that we totally understand why she’s staying offline for a while.
The question is, what can we do to tackle this level of bullying and is it YouTube’s responsibility to block users on a quicker and more efficient basis? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.