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Petition to have Etika's YouTube channel restored reaches 350,000 signatures

by David Purcell

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A petition to have Desmond 'Etika' Amofah's YouTube channel restored has attracted over 350,000 signatures, with fans hoping to enjoy his content long into the future.

The popular internet personality was found dead by the New York Police Department on June 25, at the age of 29, days after posting what many believed at the time was a suicide note in a description of a YouTube video upload. 

Etika fans have responded by signing a Change.org petition in droves, which calls for YouTube to restore many of his old videos to the platform - most of which were uploaded to his original channel.

Instagram: Etika
Instagram: Etika
Fans want to experience some of Etika's greatest moments again and are calling for YouTube to make it possible.

The late YouTuber's channel was removed for violating community guidelines, after reportedly posting explicit content in October 2018. However, thousands of fans are now hoping YouTube will reverse the decision and bring back some of his best moments for people to watch. 

"We the YouTube community and the Joycon Boyz, demand that his YouTube channel be reinstated so his legacy can be archived," the petition description states. 

"Years of memories are gone due to his misconduct of a few uploads, and we think someone who has done so much for the YouTube platform should be allowed to have his greatest moments archived on YouTube forever."

Change.org, screengrab
Change.org, screengrab
The Change.org petition has a goal of 500,000 signatures, and has already reached over 350,000 at the time of writing.

"Please consider. Think about how much he has done for you YouTube. Think about all the years of his life he poured into his channel, and restore those memories," the description continues. 

A number of other high profile figures from the gaming community have reached out to Etika's friends and family with messages of support during this difficult time, with Pokimane, PewDiePie, Ali-A, and more honoring the former streamer after his body was found near Manhattan Bridge on June 25.  

Fans are hoping that the petition will encourage YouTube to reinstate his channel, or perhaps allow fans to see a select group of previously uploaded videos.

For those looking to support the cause and sign the petition, head over to Change.org


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