Sky Williams, the popular African-American YouTube entertainer who graced Twitter with his opinions of video games and moderate, but critical takes on social justice, has been permanently suspended from the platform.
Williams’ suspension follows Twitter’s ban of another popular YouTuber, Bunty King, for posting a meme.
Early Monday morning, Williams received a notification from Twitter informing him that his account was banned for “violating our rules against hateful conduct.”
“You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease,” the rule states.
Williams shared the offending tweet on his YouTube channel, which involved his commentary on convicted pedophile and former Glee star Mark Saling, who committed suicide after he was found guilty of possessing over 50,000 images of child pornography.
“I will never celebrate the death of a person, ESPECIALLY from suicide,” wrote Williams, who was raped when he was a young teenager. “However, I can’t say ‘rest in peace’ because I don’t think that he deserves a peaceful rest. That’s all I feel for now.”
The tweet prompted someone to respond with a “NOBODY CARES” meme, to which Williams responded:
He was banned for the response, which someone may have reported. Observers who noticed his suspension have highlighted the possibility that Twitter’s anti-toxicity algorithms may have automatically flagged the tweet for violating its rules on hate speech.
In his video, Williams attempted to dissect the content of his response, which he does not believe to be worthy of a suspension. He pointed out how countless others have used the n-word with the more offensive spelling without being banned for it.
I just – don’t really understand why this shit happens and like, what’s happened to me over the past few years but… I can’t handle it anymore. MB for being weak but – I just care way too much about all of this and you. That could have actually been my fatal flaw.
Williams may yet appeal his suspension, but he expressed hopelessness at the situation, stating that navigating Twitter’s draconian guidelines was akin to being a “sneaky slithery snake just to survive” on the platform.
“This is just very depressing and very alarming,” he said. “I am devastated, but I’m just too tired and I just have to be done, I think.”
“I’d rather have YouTube and Twitter come to my house and beat my ass and beat the shit out of me and be like ‘if you ever say shit about us’ that would be better. Before I pass out, at least I’d know,” quipped Williams. “It’s just these arbitrary things where I can get banned for saying ‘kick rocks.’–which, I got called a n***er today. Today. But ‘kick rocks’? That was it? Okay.”
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