“I’ve been doing a lot of research lately, and it’s been really helpful to me,” says the woman who gave the story to Wired.
“There’s this idea that YouTube is this big monolith of opinion, and the fact that I have a voice and I can get my message across is a great way to communicate with the world.”
In an effort to understand what makes the internet so toxic, I spoke with a handful of people who’ve experienced the same thing.
“It’s definitely not a good thing,” says Amanda, who started her YouTube channel in 2015 after working as a writer in New York City.
“I think that a lot people on YouTube are just trying to make money, which is very unhealthy.”
Amanda says that the people who make money on YouTube don’t necessarily have a healthy relationship with the content they make.
“They don’t really care that they’re making money off of the people they’re trying to reach,” she says.
“That’s a really sad thing.”
I asked Amanda if YouTube is a safe space.
“YouTube is not a safe place to be,” she said.
“You know what, you can make a lot more money on the site and still get hate.
I think it’s important to be aware of how toxic the community is, and how toxic it can be to see things like this.
It’s sad, but we can do better.”
Amanda also noted that the company has made some strides in the past few years, like making its videos available to users who have a paid subscription.
“This is a very important thing, because YouTube is so much of the internet.
And it has an incredibly large amount of views, so if people who have paid subscribers can’t access these videos, it’s very difficult for them to connect with their community,” she told Wired.
I asked if she thought YouTube would eventually become a safer space for people to be more vocal about their experiences with YouTube.
“Yes, I do think it would,” she replied.
“As much as we try to hide it, I think the majority of people are aware that this is a place that’s filled with toxic people and abusive language.
I do hope YouTube will eventually make that change.”
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