Hi y'all; sorry to bother you with this, but I've been having a bad week.
Almost every day now, I've been getting pretty intense messages on my YouTube channel because of someone posting my videos on 4chan asking for people to raid it at every chance they get (one day it was because he told people I cheated with his girlfriend; another is because I beat up his sister, both obviously false). It's gotten pretty bad; I'm having to ban people daily from my channel for posting some sort of harassment.
My question to y'all is; how should I deal with this? Because 4chan is anonymous, there isn't much I can do to find the source of this hate. Normally I'd let it go, but as a small channel, when more than half of my interactions with commenters is incredibly negative, it gets real draining real fast. Even though I know there are people who enjoy my content, I feel like stopping uploads because of the constant hate.
Any advice is appreciated; thanks a ton!
@MickelPickel, have you tried turning off your computer and NOT turning it back on?
@Sexy Homunculus, lol I've already prepared a Viking funeral for it if things continue to be negative
@MickelPickel, maybe make a video to your viewers explaining whats going on and (as politely but firmly as you can) asking the @ssholes that are harassing you to stop. Then also try reporting it to youtube and see if theres anything they can do/suggest?
@MickelPickel, Have you considered turning off comments until they lose interest? These trolls tend to quit after a period of time, but you might not what to do that. Another thing might be, to simply make a video addressing why there are so many negative comments, and then simply stop responding to them altogether, and focus on only responding to the positive comments. One thing I've learned is that you cannot fight stupidity and hate, you can only help grow positivity. In the end, the only solution I can give you is to weather the storm and do not give them any sign that what they are doing is affecting you.
@MickelPickel, I agree with @PunnyBaker. I would also suggest that you do whatever it takes to not stop uploading because then you would let that jerk win. Of course, if the comments become too much then step away for your mental health. You could always start uploading again!
@MickelPickel, well, I'm not sure what you can do about it, but that's libel. Using false information to damage a person's reputation is illegal, not to mention the fact that it is causing you pain. I feel like that is grounds for a lawsuit. I don't know how far the anonymity rules go on 4chan, but if there's no way to bring some justice to whoever is behind this, then this combination of internet policies is in violation of federal laws. Anyone can correct me if I'm wrong, I actually would like to know more about it. But that seems illegal to me.
@MickelPickel, Don't feed the trolls and keep doing what you enjoy for as long as you enjoy it. Maybe if it gets to be too much, you can step away for a short while to refresh your mind and filter out the bad juju. I'm sure your true followers will understand and support you.
@MickelPickel, I buried my 46 year old godfather today. So it could be worse I guess.
@MetalHeadTony, I'm really sorry about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out for you.
@Banana Waffle, thanks for the kind words! I just turned off comments/likes for the meantime. I love my subs and hopefully they understand. I also appreciate yalls kindness; why can't people post my channel on communities where people are actually decent lol
@MickelPickel, thanks, I'm not here for sympathy but, I'm just here for a little reality check. No matter what happens to you always have your friends on this app.
@icantfindmyfamily, I'm honestly not sure if this is really combatable on a legal stage. Internet law is complicated, especially when anonymity is involved. As a really small channel (56 subs) I don't think YouTube would devote a ton of resources to find an anonymous troll. If it were purely a YouTube user harassing me, then it's pretty easy to combat effectively using resources already available to me.
I just hope that some of my subs don't see it; I work at a children's hospital, and I don't want any of the kids who have subscribed to me to see that negative garbage.
@MickelPickel, I'm really sorry about that. I hope that like most things that seem like a crisis, this will die down quickly enough. Good luck.
@MickelPickel, punny and pandaren are correct try responding first and if it doesn't work then turn off comments for a while
@omnomnomivore, I just put out a blanket statement saying that comments and likes are off but uploads will continue as planned. I'll try my damnedest to keep making my subs happy regardless of trolls.
@MickelPickel, you can be annoyed by it or call it a blessing and turn the traffic that this person is giving you to your advantage, they go for negative reasons, well, give them a reason with your content to switch to your side
@MickelPickel, the biggest thing is to not engage 4chan. They feed off of it. Disabling the comments was a great start. Just upload your videos like nothing is going on. They will move on to a target they can actually get a rise from.
@MickelPickel, blame leafy
@MickelPickel, to my knowledge 4chan posts are not 100% anonymous, because of certain legalities they have to log IPs and such of posters iirc. Filing a libel suit would work to uncover the trolls illegal actions. Also, you've got an awesome community behind you here. We could in theory, rally the troops and launch a counter attack, but that doesn't always work for small channels
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