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DrLupo Has Some Advice for Viewers Contacting Him to Say They’re Feeling Suicidal

Published: 10/Jul/2018 12:56 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Calum Patterson


One of the most popular Twitch streamers, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo has grown significantly with the emergence of Fortnite Battle Royale, and now streams to tens of thousands of viewers everyday.

With such a large audience, DrLupo comes across people in all sorts of situations and going through different struggles. Viewers who are having suicidal thoughts, depression, etc. are alarmingly common, prompting Lupo to address it via social media.

It is also the case that Lupo’s audience varies greatly in age range, and with Fortnite being so accessible to very young players and Lupo running a family-friendly stream, he is likely often speaking to children or teenagers when receiving these messages.

It’s not just about protecting and helping the viewers sending these messages. Part of the reason Lupo has spoken up, especially for large streamers who get these messages frequently, is because it “takes a toll” on the streamer too.

To make matters worse, often the easiest or only way to communicate with a large streamer while they are live is by donating, so to grab the streamers attention as opposed to the message being lost in a busy chat.

Because a viewer has then donated, streamers will feel an obligation of sorts to respond to their message meaningfully, as a way of thanks.

But when a donation asks for advice when feeling suicidal, it can be difficult for a streamer to know how to properly respond – as DrLupo explains, they are not therapists.

It is not the first time DrLupo has addressed this issue, as he has previously spoken directly to viewers live on stream to give them the same advice – seek professional help.

Another issue which large streamers often have are donations which are effectively trolls, telling a terrible story of suicide and depression, but it being completely false and simply an attempt to dupe the streamer into believing it.

This makes it even more difficult to respond when someone is making a genuine plea, as the streamer must discern the trolls from the real messages.


PewDiePie finally responds to YouTube “shadowban” glitch

Published: 26/Oct/2020 20:32

by Brent Koepp


On October 26, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg responded to a glitch that omitted his YouTube channel from searches a few days before. The bug sparked widespread speculation that he had been “shadowbanned” by Google.

The YouTube community was rocked on October 19 when rumors began to spread that the platform’s largest content creator, PewDiePie, had been shadowbanned. However, it was quickly clarified to be a bug and his account was fixed.

The Swede addressed the drama in his first video back since the glitch. While the star believed that people were too quick to jump to conclusions about him being banned, he did have questions for Google as to why his channel was the only one affected.

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YouTube: PewDiePie
The YouTuber reacted to fans joking about the “shadowban” glitch.

PewDiePie responds to YouTube after “shadowban” glitch

Fans of the personality became concerned on October 19 when his channel disappeared from searches on YouTube. His latest video tanked in views as no one could see it without a direct link. Google then released a statement and said it was an error before fixing his channel hours later.

Responding to the incident, Pewds revealed that he didn’t think he was shadowbanned as his account had been having issues for days. “People started noticing my video wasn’t getting any views. And it just went everywhere. There was a bunch of news for it!” he said, before he joked, “Shadow ban! They creep from the shadows and they ban you!”

Despite not being overly concerned, Kjellberg did find it peculiar that it mainly impacted his channel and nobody else’s. “I didn’t think they shadowbanned me, I just assumed it was a glitch. But it begs the question, how does that happen? How did it happen? It didn’t happen to anyone else. I asked around.”

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The popular entertainer later joked about YouTube trying to explain the glitch, after reacting to a fan submission on Reddit. “We shadowbanned our biggest creator! Yeah, yeah it was weird. It was weird, what in the world,” he said.

To add salt to the wound, Pewds celebrated his birthday on October 24, but instead of well wishes from fans, his subreddit was flooded with users concerned that he had been shadowbanned by Google. It should also be stated there is no confirmation that the company even does bans in this manner.

At the time of writing, the star’s account is back to normal, and his uploads are getting millions of views again. If nothing else, the incident shows just how many people love the 31-year-old entertainer. Viewers were quick to rally together for the content creator – further proof that Kjellberg is the king of the platform.