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YouTube responds to SMOSH parent company shutdown

Published: 10/Nov/2018 1:22

by Virginia Glaze

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The parent company to popular YouTube comedy channel SMOSH, Defy Media, shut down without notice on November 6, leaving a number of YouTubers without a leg to stand on.

Since being released from the company, many YouTubers underneath the Defy umbrella have seen immediate copyright claims on all of their videos – but YouTube claims that these strikes are part of efforts by the website to ‘protect’ the creators in question.

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News YouTuber Philip DeFranco reached out to YouTube for a statement on the issue, to which the site explained that the strikes are part of a bigger process to help creators regain their independence.

“This is actually YouTube stepping in to take care of the creators,” DeFranco quoted of YouTube. “Separating the creators from Defy, then going through a process to set up these creators to be independently monetized.”

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YouTube then released a public statement via Twitter, reiterating their response that they are ‘working on releasing all of the claims as soon as possible.’

Since Defy’s shutdown, the company has undergone massive scrutiny from multiple former employees, including YouTuber Anthony Padilla. The former SMOSH member claimed that he only saw ‘a fraction’ of the money that Defy brought in from the SMOSH YouTube channel, feeling that he and partner Ian Hecox had been ‘taken advantage of.’

YouTuber Shane Dawson likewise chimed in on the situation, alleging that defy would ‘threaten to sue’ their employees when they asked to leave the company due to ‘feeling uncomfortable in the workplace.’

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While SMOSH is now free from Defy Media, co-founder Ian Hecox has assured fans that the channel is not canceled, but rather looking for a new home in the interim.

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Twitch streamer shocked after viewer sends him 126 lbs of cranberry sauce

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:02

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular Twitch streamer ‘TheStockGuy’ was left speechless after receiving 126 lbs of cranberry sauce in the mail from one of his viewers in a hilarious prank.

Twitch is one of the net’s most popular live streaming platforms, and rightfully so; the site is home to a slew of hilarious and shocking moments that happen in real-time, from everything to doors falling on unlucky streamers in the middle of video games to viewers rescuing streamers’ trapped cats.

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However, some of these on-stream occurrences are downright strange, and many streamers have received the odd occasional gift from their viewers, including that time when Pokimane received a body pillow with a photo of herself on it.

While streamers having a public P.O. Box to receive gifts from fans is not uncommon, very often the things they receive are; and Twitch streamer TheStockGuy became the subject of a seriously weird present of sorts.

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Twitch star “Pokimane” has received a slew of strange gifts from fans – one of which was a body pillow with her own face on it.

During an October 6 broadcast, TheStockGuy — who has gained notoriety on the platform for educating his viewers about finances and the stock market — revealed he’d been sent 126 lbs of Ocean Spray brand cranberry sauce.

“What is wrong with you people?” the streamer asked, seeming genuinely baffled by the situation. “Somebody sent me 126 lbs of cranberry sauce! What — where am I supposed to put this? Isn’t there some charity or something this money could go to?”

Although the he appeared to be utterly flummoxed by the viewers’ decision, he decided to make the best of the unexpected prank, stating that he would donate the sauce to his local food bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

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“I mean — you know what? Joke’s on you!” he continued. “I’m giving this to the local food shelter for thanksgiving, so they don’t have to purchase cranberry sauce! That’s right — we’re making something good out of this!”

It seems that TheStockGuy’s viewers found the scenario to be completely hilarious — and while it certainly is worth a hearty chuckle, it’s good to know that the broadcaster is putting his viewer’s practical joke to good use, in the end.

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