Twitter suspended YouTubers Brittany Venti and The Quartering on Friday after they both posted screenshots of a publicly posted hip-hop music video on YouTube. The suspensions came after a massive reporting campaign by fans of Eliza Bleu, a woman famous for running an anti-human trafficking podcast.
Venti questioned Bleu’s authenticity in speaking out against human trafficking and the sexualization of women because the video shows Bleu posing salaciously. Along with posting the screenshot of the video, Venti said, “If she’s ever talked about it let me know, but I’m just curious because I’ve come across some videos like this, maybe “Maybe she was trafficked by being coerced? I don’t know”
Venti also tweeted, “I saw this tweet earlier, but I think it’s starting to blur the line between what was traffic and what was intentional. I think it’s fair to ask questions when things like this distract from the anti-trafficking message when it’s not clarified.
Twitter locked Venti on her account for the tweet, saying she broke Twitter’s rules for “violating our rules against posting or sharing someone’s privately produced/distributed intimate media without their express consent.” .
At least one of the tweets was reported by an account named Amanda Jean, who said, “Also, I’m reporting this for a non-consensual image. You didn’t need to post that screenshot, you salty hoe.
Eliza Bleu had previously done a good job of exposing human trafficking and child grooming, which was highlighted by the Daily Wire in 2022bringing Blue’s podcast to new public prominence.
It’s unclear what happened between her and Venti to cause a beef between the two, but in this case, it seems Blue is wrong to advocate a platform based on public appearances.
The video in question remains on YouTube, easily viewable by anyone who wants to take a screenshot of Bleu’s stripping for the camera. Despite Twitter’s proclamation, this does not qualify as private intimate media sharing or any kind of revenge porn. Venti seemed to be asking a serious question.
That didn’t stop Blue from playing the victim in the face of the situation. She threatened Venti after the incident, tweeting, “I’ll address this once and only once. A non-consensual photo was posted of me yesterday on Twitter. The photos have been deleted. The source of the photo has also been contacted, and I am preparing to escalate to the fullest extent of the law.
Bleu continued: “Twitter has done an outstanding job and they will be barred from any legal action. No one else involved will be spared. I’m taking it all the way and I’m fearless. I’m an advocate for survivors, and that doesn’t stop at standing up for me as a survivor.
“I would encourage my enemies to study the law. I have been for many years. It might prevent you from making rookie mistakes in the future,” she tweeted.
Several prominent YouTubers objected to Bleu’s grandstanding, including The Quartering, which reposted Venti’s tweet and was also suspended with his tweet deleted.
Prior to his suspension, he posted, “Never had a bad interaction with @elizableu & same with @BrittanyVenti. I have a major issue with Brittany locking her account for posting a PUBLIC image. Her account has been locked for sharing “private” images but it’s not. Please fix this @elonmusk.
Twitter gave TheQuartering a reasoning similar to Venti’s for his suspension.
As Bleu threatened Venti and TheQuartering with legal action, in a YouTube video, TheQuatering claimed that he welcomed Bleu to take him to court and said, “It looks like this is going to be a very expensive lawsuit for you, my friend.”
He then encouraged viewers to sign up for his newsletter and said he would let subscribers know about the ongoing lawsuit.
Anna “ThatStarWarsGirl” also chimed in on Bleu’s comments, saying, “Oh those are such bulls**t. The photos were from a PUBLIC music video that you also consented to and has been streaming on YT for over 100 years. 6 years old with no age restrictions. You didn’t like it so you and your morons abused the @TwitterSupport system to get @BrittanyVenti banned. It’s screwed. Stop lying.”
Following their suspensions, several other YouTubers and fans also echoed their support for Venti and The Quartering. Although Twitter has systems like this in place to try to put a stop to the serious problem of revenge porn, it seems their algorithm was tripped into a massive error in this case.
Worryingly, the platform could misrepresent people in screenshots from public places like YouTube.
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