Content creation is, no doubt, a legit career by now and most digital creators rely on producing content on various social media platforms as their primary source of income. Many internet influencers, however, have been subject to being banned or penalized on different social media platforms after violating rules and drawing flak online for controversial content. With such a huge platform comes an equally great responsibility, and being banned or punished by social media platforms is one learning experience for these influencers:
In December 2020, Perez Hilton was banned from TikTok for violating community guidelines after having his videos and comments on the platforms mass reported by fans of popular TikTok stars Hilton had criticized. Hilton most notably criticized 17-year-old TikTok star Charlie D'Amelio for dancing in a bathing suit to Brockhampton's "Sugar" and said the he "questioned her parents' decisions." D'Amelio responded by saying, "i'm sorry i'm just trying to have fun! :)" Hilton took to Twitter to explain and apologize about his videos and sought the help of D'Amelio to have his TikTok reinstated.
In March 2021, popular YouTuber David Dobrik was demonetized after sexual assault allegations against a former member of his Vlog Squad, Durte Dom, came out. Several brands that previously tapped Dobrik have also cut ties with him. According to Insider, Dobrik's three YouTube channels--David Dobrik, David Dobrik Too, and Views--as well as Durte Dom's personal YouTube channel were all demonetized temporarily.
Controversial YouTuber Logan Paul was penalized by YouTube through the temporary demonetization of his channel. This comes after Paul filmed and posted a man who had died by suicide in the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, which sparked outrage among viewers who found the video disrespectful.
Local internet personality Jam Magno was banned on TikTok just this May for violating their community guidelines. Magno most recently posted videos on TikTok about the Miss Universe 2020 competition, one of which was a video that mocked Miss Philippines Rabiya Mateo. According to Magno, this is not the first time she got banned from the platform.
In June 2020, YouTube personality Shane Dawson was momentarily demonetized on the platform after he made an apology for previous videos that saw him doing racist actions as well as for making jokes about pedophilia.
Hawaii-based Filipina Bella Poarch was temporarily banned from commenting on TikTok back in October 2020 after trolls mass reported a comment she made that was composed only of a llama emoji. The social media star took to Twitter to air out her concerns days later after the same thing happened again.
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