It’s been a long time since Toby Turner last made reference to all the events that transpired back in April 2016, but it looks like he’s ready to fight back against all the hate he received. After accusations of multiple instances of “emotional, sexual and drug abuse”, Toby’s reputation and career was understandably trashed. But in a new vlog, he speculates on the way YouTube “paid” drama channels to destroy his life.
His lengthy vlog covers topics of slander and freedom of speech; and directly calls out YouTube channels dedicated to acting like the police when it comes to creator behaviour.
“YouTube pay people to be bounty hunters,” claims Toby, “to go out and just kill the channels, and reputations and souls of their other channels”. Because of this, he is seriously considering suing creators who helped to ruin his life, based on YouTube allowing them to upload slanderous videos without fact-checking first.
His video is very disjointed, and he makes very little reference to the fact that YouTube does not curate content or employ creators; but he raises issues many of us have considered before. Thanks to “freedom of speech”, which in Toby’s words is “a wonderful right [that] we’re so lucky to have”, people can upload videos to YouTube without realising there’s a line between reporting the news and “slander… harassment… and bullying”.
He compares the behaviour of Keemstar and other drama channels to that of “shooting someone with a legal social media bullet”; as they’re technically free to say whatever they want, but also aim a world of hate towards their targets without any repercussions of what their videos mean. Because of this, he feels as though creators have been allowed to generate views based on spreading false news and in turn getting paid by YouTube for their popularity.
Over on Twitter, Toby goes so far as to suggest that creators being paid for slanderous content by YouTube should be “hit… in the face for a shovel” by the people they hurt.
In the end, Toby makes his thoughts on his stance of filing a lawsuit against people who destroyed his reputation with the following thought; “You shouldn’t be able to broadcast [videos] to 5 million people until it’s investigated and the legal system is like ‘yeah, this is false'”. As YouTube didn’t protect his legal rights as innocent until proven guilty, Toby will now be taking action where they didn’t.