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Ethan Klein reveals surprising reason YouTube removed Papa John’s video

Published: 12/Feb/2020 1:53 Updated: 12/Feb/2020 3:57

by Virginia Glaze


H3H3 comedy duo member and YouTuber Ethan Klein was shocked after his podcast interview with Papa John’s founder John Schnatter was scrubbed from the site — but now, he’s discovered a potential explanation for the issue.

Following Schnatter’s viral “day of reckoning” fiasco, where the mogul claimed to have eaten 40 pizzas in 30 days and argued that the chain had lost its verve, Klein decided to invite him onto the H3H3 podcast as a means to pick his brain about the debacle.

Despite the video’s quick rise on YouTube’s trending page, it suddenly went missing from the list, which Klein announced in a Tweet shortly thereafter.

According to the content creator, YouTube had demonetized the interview and even removed it from their trending page, with no explanation given as to why the company had taken such a drastic action.

However, a subsequent Tweet reveals a surprising development in this story: apparently, YouTube’s automated closed captions coded some of Schnatter’s speech as a racial slur, as evidenced by a screenshot of the video.

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Ethan Klein proposed a purported explanation for the demonetization of his interview with John Schnatter, citing an alleged glitch with YouTube’s closed captions.

“Looks like the reason YouTube demonetized and removed the video from trending is this,” Klein wrote. “And let me be clear… HE DID NOT SAY THAT. You’d think there would be more systems in place before taking down a two hour podcast.”

Although Klein clearly called out the platform for their unexpected response to the slip-up, he went on to find humor in the situation, writing, “Can we please appreciate the irony of YouTube accusing Papa of using the N word?! This has never happened on any of our other 180 episodes!”

This debacle certainly does come with a touch of irony, considering that Schnatter was expunged as Papa John’s chairman in 2018 after leaked audio from a conference exposed the founder for saying a racial slur.

Although this is most definitely not the case with Klein’s interview, it seems that the “day of reckoning” has struck, once again — and although YouTube has since fixed the issue, Klein feels it’s a problem that the site should consider “how dangerous this can be for a creator’s wellbeing and livelihood.”


Viewer who sued Twitch for $25M over “simp culture” denied by judge

Published: 25/Nov/2020 0:45

by Bill Cooney


Erik Estavillo, the Twitch viewer who sued the platform for $25 million in damages for exposing him to “overly suggestive and sexual content from various female streamers” including Pokimane and Alinity while using the site has had his case denied by a California court.

Back in June of 2020 Estavillo, who has previously sued Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Blizzard, filed a lawsuit against Twitch in the Santa Clara Superior Court of California.

According to the lawsuit, Twitch’s “twisted programming net code” combined with OCD and sex addiction made it nearly impossible for him to use Twitch without being exposed to “sexual content.”

Estavillo named a number of female streamers in his complaint, including Pokimane, Alinity, Amouranth, and others, while requesting they be “permanently banned,” however, it doesn’t seem like the court agreed he had a case.

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Pokimane and others no longer have to fear being “permanently banned” as Estavillo requested.

In the tentative ruling posted by the court, the judge said the main problem with Estavillo’s case was the evidence he brought forward wasn’t enough to support the claims in his lawsuit.

“The “exhibits” submitted by Plaintiff [Estavillo] with his opposition do not identify, much less support, any claims under California law,” the ruling reads.

Basically, after the lawsuit was filed lawyers representing Twitch made a motion with the court to dismiss it, and the court did “with prejudice.” That means this saga seems to be over, once and for all, and can’t be brought back to court.

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A lot of people questioned how far Estavillo would get with his case by blaming some of the biggest female Twitch streamers.

Despite this, the self-described Twitch addict has said he plans on appealing this ruling to the 6th District Court of Appeals, but whether or not things will fare any differently for him there remains to be seen.

Estavillo, who was following 786 female streamers and 0 male streamers at the time of the complaint back in June, said he wanted $25 million from Twitch, along with having all of the female streamers he had mentioned “permanently banned.” With the court’s decision though, that happening now seems slimmer than ever.