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Etika fans angered as Twitter suspends his account again

Published: 15/Feb/2020 18:40

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Fans of deceased YouTube star Daniel Desmond ‘Etika’ Amofah are angered after his Twitter account was suspended for a second time.

Etika was confirmed dead by the New York Police Department on June 24, 2019 following a five-day search after the popular YouTube star posted a video titled “I’m sorry” on June 19 – the contents of which heavily alluded to suicide.

Then in August, two months after the 29-year-old passed away, a malicious hacker posted offensive messages to his Twitter account, prompting the company to suspend it temporarily. On February 14, it was taken offline a second time, and fans who used it to remember Etika aren’t happy about it at all.

Upon noticing the suspension of the account, memorial page Etika Memories tweeted out in anguish, informing fans of the YouTuber about the unfortunate situation.

“Etika’s Twitter account is currently suspended again,” it read, alongside a screenshot of the infamous “Account Suspended” page that’s seen when visiting a banned user.

It continued: “All of us are hoping that they can establish a better solution to keep his account on this website since many people still want to visit his page.”

Professional Super Smash Bros. player Tyrell ‘NAKAT’ Coleman replied to the tweet and pleaded with Twitter to unban the account because it holds sentimental value for both friends and fans.

“Please restore his account. It holds much sentimental value to many people. Please allow his account to remain active on the platform,” the Pichu main said.

Etika was well known in the fighting game community largely due to his popular Smash YouTube videos and over-the-top reactions.

Popular Twitter user ‘imsalt’ also posted about the situation among countless others, and said, “Etika’s twitter account got suspended… what the absolute f**k man, just leave his s**t alone.”

Despite the outrage from fans, Etika’s Twitter account is still suspended at the time of publication, with no indication or official word as to when or if it will be reinstated.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or know anyone that is, and you would like to talk to someone, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (USA) or the Samaritans 116-123 (UK).

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Charli D’Amelio slams “out of control” hate from 100m followers scandal

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is hitting back at the intense criticism she received after joking about not reaching 100 million followers in a year, as well as the hate that followed her tearful Instagram Live on the subject.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Now boasting over 101 million followers, Charli has become the poster girl for the viral video application — but not everyone is a fan of the internet superstar.

The 16-year-old influencer got hit with an avalanche of negativity upon the release of a “Dinner with the D’Amelio’s” episode on November 16, where she appeared to jokingly bemoan not reaching 100 million followers in a year’s time.

The issue quickly erupted into a scandal, with users calling out Charli for purportedly only seeing her fans as “numbers” and being ungrateful for her privileged position as a celebrity.

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The hate soon spun into a hurricane of vile comments, with D’Amelio even revealing she’d been sent death threats from angry viewers during a tearful Instagram live addressing the situation. She even lost 1 million followers over the ordeal.

She has discussed the matter yet again in a solo December 3 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast sans sister Dixie D’Amelio, hitting back at the shocking amount of hate she received over the scandal.

“The thing that I think happened was, it spiraled completely out of control,” she said of the situation. “It turned into a place where I was getting threats for my life. When talking about this on Live, I got emotional, because that’s not something that people take lightly.”

“I feel like people really have to understand that yes, I do have a substantial amount of people that follow me on social media,” she continued. “That does not mean that I am not a person. …The entire situation was taken completely out of proportion by lots of people.”

“I know I’m not a disrespectful person. I know that I’m not a genuinely horrible person. I know I’m a good person, at the end of the day. Whether or not everyone agrees with that is for them to figure out, and that’s totally fine.”

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Charli’s podcast shines a light on the growing negativity from social media platforms like TikTok, which even bullied the likes of Taio Cruz off the website within just a few days of him creating an account.

This situation serves as an important reminder to remember that no matter the circumstances, there’s always another person behind your phone screen who your words are directly affecting — 100 million followers or not.