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Markiplier hits out at book written about him without permission

Published: 8/Mar/2020 9:46 Updated: 8/Mar/2020 10:45

by Joe Craven

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Popular American YouTuber Mark ‘Markiplier’ Fischbach has criticized a biographical book published about him, seemingly without his knowledge or permission.   

Markiplier is one of the biggest names on YouTube, regularly posting a variety of content to his 25 million subscribers. He is also one YouTuber whose success has transcended the platform, as he is regularly seen within ‘mainstream’ forms of media, alongside his online appearances. 

However, it appears that this fame has led to some unwanted coverage, as a book entitled ‘Top Video Gamers in the World – Mark Markiplier Fischbach’ has recently been published – seemingly without the YouTuber’s permission. 

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Markiplier has grown from small-time YouTube gamer to entrepreneur over the last decade.

In a March 7 YouTube video entitled “Someone Wrote a Book About me… Without My Permission?!”, Fischbach criticized the book’s author, Philip Wolny.

Markiplier explained that he’s “not sure” what he’s going to do with regards to the book, but did mention bringing his lawyers into the equation because he’s unsure of the “legality” of writing a book about an individual without their permission. 

What proceeds is a comical dive into Wolny’s book about the YouTube star, in which Markiplier “hunts for the inaccuracies” and calls out Wolny on some of the misinformation in the book.

Among other things, Markiplier calls out the book for already being out of date with regards to his number of total views and subscribers. In fact, the book’s tagline states that Fischbach is a YouTube star with “10 billion+ views”. The figure is now over 12 billion. 

Similarly, Wolny puts Markiplier’s subscribers at roughly 20 million. However, as Fischbach points out, he now sits at upwards of 25 million. 

“I think what happened is they just watched my ‘Draw My Life’,” he said. “Because they’re literally only referencing my ‘Draw My Life’, which at this point is outdated information. I made that video in like 2013.”

The 30-year-old was also critical of the sections relating to his father’s death, describing that he feels someone just “filled in the gaps” and speculated emotions he may have been feeling. 

Markiplier’s frustrations appear to stem from feeling that a large portion of the book is inaccurate and misleading. It remains to be seen what action – if any – the YouTuber will take with regards to the book. 

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Twitch accused of hypocrisy after permanently banning streamer for their account age

Published: 24/Jan/2021 18:10 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 18:14

by Dexerto

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After streamer AverageHarry was permanently banned because his account was created when he was under 13, Twitch viewers have pointed out that other streamers in a similar position have not faced the same consequences.

Twitch regularly faces scrutiny over their moderation decisions and bans for streamers, which often spark confusion over what exactly the rules allow.

The DMCA drama from October left many big streamers stripping their channels of content in fear of a takedown, and Twitch’s TOS policy change that restricted the use of words like ‘simp’ left streamers in fear of breaking the rules unintentionally.

15-year-old streamer AverageHarry was denied Twitch partnership earlier in January due to the fact that he made his account before the age of 13, after waiting 72 days for a response to his application.

While that was already a pretty tough blow, things were made worse when, on January 23, he was perma-banned. He clarified on Twitter that: “I am allowed to make another account, but I have just lost nearly 90k followers.”

But now Twitch users are noticing some inconsistencies in Twitch’s decision to ban Harry, as popular streamers, with millions of followers, also made their account when under 13 – but have not faced bans.

One user pointed out that hugely popular 16-year-old streamer TommyInnit had his account when he was only 11, but has not faced the same issues in terms of partner status and bans. The user called it “gross hypocrisy” from Twitch.

Tommyinnit’s Twitch account was made when he was 11 years old. Gross hypocrisy from Twitch or what? from r/LivestreamFail

Another commenter pointed out that several Fortnite streamers are all in a similar position, with some of them having likely started their accounts when they were under the age of 13. Streamer ONSCREEN highlighted a list of streamers with millions of followers, all of whom made accounts when younger than 13 – some as young as 10.

If Twitch followed through on bans for all of the streamers who made their account when they were below 13, even if they have since surpassed that age, it would certainly spell bad news for a lot of large communities on the site.

However, it is also possible that there are conditions within the Twitch TOS that are accounting for these discrepancies, meaning some streamers are still permitted to keep their account according to the rules, even if they made their account before the age of 13.

The reason for the 13-year-old age limit is linked to COPPA laws, which aim to protect young people online. In 2019, Google and YouTube had to pay a record $170 million to settle allegations of COPPA laws.

Harry revealed that he only signed up for Twitch two months before he turned 13, saying: “I spent 2 years and nearly 2000 hours streamed just for it to be taken away because I signed up 2 months early.”

Fans of Harry are now looking to Twitch for answers regarding the confusing situation.

AverageHarry makes new Twitch account

As he was allowed to do, AverageHarry has now made a new Twitch account, and asked for his fans to follow him there.

Within 24 hours of opening the account, he has already accrued 3,700 followers, and will be gunning to hit five figures soon. But, getting back to his original 90,000 will prove a challenge.