14-year-old right-wing YouTuber Soph banned from platform for hate speech
6 August 2019, 17:38
'Soph' was banned from the platform for making racist and anti-LGBTQ videos.
YouTube has banned the account of a 14-year-old who goes by the name of ‘Soph’ after months of posting racist and anti-LGBTQ videos.
Her channel was removed as part of YouTube’s three strike policy, in which a channel is removed after violating community guidelines three times in 90 days, after she posted an anti-gay video last Friday (2nd August).
In a 12-minute rant called ‘Pride and Prejudice’, the YouTuber urged her followers to “make sure to blame me in your manifestos” and referred to gay people as “paedophile victims” and “hedonists, utterly unable to achieve the love that a married heterosexual couple can”.
In response to the ban, Soph posted a photo to Twitter of herself with what appeared to be a gun with the caption “youtube headquarters here I come”. She later removed the photo, tweeting that it was “obviously a joke”.
It’s not the first time she’s threatened YouTube with violence. In May, when YouTube disabled comments on her videos in line with its policy to deactivate comments on all videos containing children, she uploaded another rant to the platform in which she threatened to murder YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki.
“Susan, I’ve known your address since last summer,” she said. “I’ve got a Luger and a mitochondrial disease. I don’t care if I live. Why should I care if you live or your children? I just called an Uber. You’ve got about seven minutes to draft up a will. ... I’m coming for you, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.”
Soph had around a million subscribers on the platform before her channel was deactivated, where she had gained a following for her far-right propaganda videos, which featured hate speech against Muslims, LGBTQ people and other minorities.
According to Buzzfeed, she originally began her online ‘career’ as a 9-year-old gaming streamer called LtCorbis, and was promoted by YouTubers Pyrocynical and Keemstar, before pivoting to far-right content a few years later.