- Deji posted a video accusing his older brother KSI of subjecting him to physical and emotional abuse throughout their YouTube careers.
- KSI has lost over 60,000 subscribers since the video was shared, while Deji has gained over 115,000.
- KSI briefly responded on Twitter saying he has seen the video and will reply soon.
Allegations of Physical Abuse
YouTuber Deji posted a 46-minute-long video on Saturday alleging physical and mental mistreatment by his brother and fellow YouTuber KSI.
Deji and KSI, who is also known as JJ, have been active on YouTube since 2012. In his video, Deji claims that since then, he has been subject to acts of abuse that were used on camera for laughs.
Deji says that all the actions started small, first citing a prank called “Slap Deji” where KSI would slap Deji across the face. Deji claims that at the time, he thought all of this was funny, as everyone in the comments saw it as just a joke.
“But through the progression of the videos that we did, on my brother’s second channel, it slowly progressively started to get more violent,” he said. “From throwing controllers to throwing bottles, belts, even chairs.”
He also included clips of a game the two played called “FIFA Slavery.” In this game, any time someone scored in FIFA, they got to hit the other person with a belt. The clips show Deji getting hit repeatedly.
In addition to this physical mistreatment, Deji says there was mental mistreatment as well. He starts off by citing examples of KSI interfering with his interactions with girls.
Deji claims that his brother once slept with a girl he knew Deji was interested in. He also said that KSI would constantly insert himself in situations with girls and make an effort to embarrass Deji when he was speaking to them.
Tensions Surrounding Diss Track Drama
He then goes on to lay out what seemed to be the bulk of the mental mistreatment, which was allegedly all started by a series of videos and diss tracks that began in November 2018.
In a “Family Fortunes” video, KSI asks the players to name a dead YouTube channel. One of KSI’s friends, Randolph, responded “Deji.”
This upset Deji, prompting him to make a video where he mocks Randolph.
“You are the Sidemen’s, as well as JJ’s bitch,” he says in the video. “You Are JJ’s cameraman. He pays your salary. I mean, you spend more time with JJ than you do your own wife.”
Deji says that he regrets saying this now, but claims it prompted Randolph to make a diss track. In the track, Randolph states that he paid for Deji’s taxis and calls him the “poorest rich man that I know.”
“Deji, tell me are you braindead,” Randolph says on the track. “Because you still live with your parents.”
KSI then made a video reacting to the diss tracks where he laughs and says “that’s true” to many of the claims Randolph makes. Deji says he was upset by his brother siding with his friends instead of him.
Deji then says he called his brother on the phone to express this, to which KSI said it was just “a bit of banter.” KSI later texted him and told him it was actually helping his channel.
Deji then did a video where he said KSI paid for his friend’s wedding. He said that looking back, he should not have spoken about the finances behind the wedding. He claimed he was speaking out of anger.
“I was angry,” he said. “Considering my brother…I just felt alone. I felt alone and angry, and I thought my brother clearly doesn’t support me, so why do I care?”
After this, Randolph posted another diss track that included what Deji says was private footage of KSI and Deji. Deji also said that KSI saw the video before the video was posted. Deji claims his brother did nothing to stop the video from being uploaded.
“This sparring footage was for his eyes and my eyes just so I could get better,” Deji said. “And then for me to see it in his diss track, you can understand how I was feeling.”
He also said that the diss track included false accusations against him, including getting a woman pregnant. He said that this was a lie.
This ultimately led to Deji making a diss track about his brother called “Unforgivable.” Deji says he got permission from KSI before he posted it.
The situation around this diss track started to escalate after an incident between the two on Christmas of 2018.
KSI went to Deji’s house to talk, but things got heated.
“As I locked myself in my office, he threatened to smash the door, saying he would smash the door down,” Deji claimed. “Obviously my parents stopping him. For the safety of my parents, and due to his behavior, I asked if he could leave my house, or I would call the police.”
According to Deji, KSI ended up recording this incident and posted it on Twitter. Deji says his post made him look like the bad guy because no one had the context of what was really happening. The tweets have since been removed, but KSI has a larger following that Deji, which Deji claims worked against him.
In several videos, KSI also spoke negatively of Deji and as a result, Deji claims people turned on him and he lost subscribers. He says this brought him to a “dark place.”
“I honestly thought what was the purpose,” Deji said. “What was the purpose of me living?”
Deji says he then asked KSI to stop talking about him in videos. KSI responded by asking for him to take the “Unforgivable” diss track down. Deji ended up putting the diss track on private on January 6. In addition to this, KSI texted Deji to say that he would not mention him in any more videos.
However, Deji showed videos of KSI still making fun of him by laughing at memes like this.
According to the video, their mother even got involved, and asked KSI if Deji could re-upload the diss track, which he ended up putting back on the channel.
Towards the end of his video, Deji says that KSI would constantly make jokes about trying to get his fans to ask him to delete his channel, as well as making other cracks about his YouTube presence.
He closed the video by saying he posted it just to get his side of the story out, but does not want everyone to harbor ill-will towards KSI.
“This is me finally standing up for myself and not letting my brother bully me anymore,” he said.
“I don’t want any negativity towards my brother from what you’ve heard in this video please.”
KSI Responds to Allegations
Since this video was posted, KSI has been losing subscribers, while Deji has been gaining them. According to Social Blade, Deji is up over 115,000 subscribers. Many have also commented on Deji’s video with support, some even apologizing for not seeing his side of the story sooner.
KSI has not made a video in response yet, but based on a series of tweets he suggested one may be coming soon.
He initially responded on Sunday with a meme and posted a string of tweets about the video and the subsequent subscriber loss.
He also posted screenshots of a text of Deji telling him he loves him, as well as potential plans to do a Reddit video.
On Tuesday morning, he tweeted several times alluding to an upcoming video. In a now-deleted tweet, he asked for anyone with a story about Deji to DM him.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Says Trump Ban Was the “Right Decision” But Sets “Dangerous” Precedent
- While defending Twitter’s decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump, CEO Jack Dorsey noted the “dangerous” precedent such a move set.
- “Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation,” Dorsey said in a lengthy Twitter thread on Wednesday. “They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning.”
- Dorsey’s message came the same day Twitter fully reinstated Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Co.) account, hours after locking it for violating Twitter rules. A Twitter spokesperson later described the lock as an “incorrect enforcement action.”
Dorsey Describes Trump Ban as a Double-Edged Sword
In a lengthy Twitter thread published Wednesday, CEO Jack Dorsey defended his platform’s decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump, while also noting the “dangerous” precedent such a unilateral move sets.
Twitter made the decision to ban Trump on Jan. 8, two days after pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol complex in an assault that left multiple dead.
“I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban [Trump] from Twitter, or how we got here,” Dorsey said in the first of 13 tweets.
Nonetheless, Dorsey described Trump’s ban as “the right decision for Twitter.”
“Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all,” he added.
“That said, having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications,” Dorsey continued.
“[It] sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.”
Dorsey described most bans as a failure of Twitter to “promote healthy conversation,” though he noted that exceptions to such a mindset also exist. Among other failures, Dorsey said extreme actions like a ban can “fragment public conversation,” divide people, and limit “clarification, redemption, and learning.”
Dorsey: Trump Bans Were Not Coordinated
Dorsey continued his thread by addressing claims and criticism that Trump’s ban on Twitter violated free speech.
“A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same,” he said.
Indeed, multiple legal experts have stated that Trump’s ban on social media does not amount to First Amendment violations, as the First Amendment only addresses government censorship.
“If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service,” Dorsey added. However, Dorsey noted that such a concept has been challenged over the past week.
This moment in time might call for this dynamic, but over the long term it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet. A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same.— jack (@jack) January 14, 2021
Trump has now been banned or suspended from a number of platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. On Wednesday, Snapchat announced plans to terminate Trump’s account in the “interest of public safety.” Previously, Snapchat had only suspended his account, but as of Jan. 20, it will be permanently banned.
Addressing criticism of the swift bans handed down by these platforms in the wake of the Capitol attack, Dorsey said he doesn’t believe Trump’s bans on social media were coordinated.
“More likely: companies came to their own conclusions or were emboldened by the actions of others,” he said.
Twitter Reverses Course of Locking Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Account
Dorsey’s thread regarding the fragile nature of regulating users’ privileges on the platform seemed to play out earlier the same day.
On Wednesday, newly-elected Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) posted a screenshot to Instagram showing that her Twitter account had been locked for six days. The screenshot stated that she had violated Twitter’s rules and would be unable to tweet, retweet, or like until her account was unlocked.
Hours later, Twitter reversed course and fully reinstated her account.
“In this instance, our teams took the incorrect enforcement action. The Tweet in question is now labeled in accordance with our Civic Integrity Policy. The Tweet will not be required to be removed and the account will not be temporarily locked,” a spokesperson for the platform told Insider.
It is unknown what tweet caused that initial ban, as Twitter refused to say.
The latest tweet from Boebert’s account to be tagged with a fact check warning is from Sunday. In that tweet, she baselessly and falsely accuses the DNC of rigging the 2020 Election, a claim that largely inspired the Capitol attacks.
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Uber and Lyft Drivers Sue To Overturn California’s Prop 22
- A group of Uber and Lyft drivers filed a lawsuit Tuesday against California’s controversial Prop 22, a ballot measure that was approved by nearly 59% of state voters in the 2020 election.
- While Prop 22 does promise drivers wage guarantees and health insurance stipends, it also eliminated some protections as well as benefits like sick pay and workers’ compensation.
- In their lawsuit, the drivers argue that Prop 22 “illegally” prevents them from being able to access the state’s workers’ compensation program.
What’s in the Lawsuit?
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, a group of Uber and Lyft drivers asked California’s Supreme Court to overturn the state’s controversial Prop 22 ballot measure.
The drivers behind the lawsuit, along with Service Employees International Union, allege that Prop 22 “illegally” bars them from being able to participate in the state’s workers’ compensation program.
Additionally, they argue that the measure violates California’s constitution by“stripping” the state legislature of its ability to protect who unionize.
“Every day, rideshare drivers like me struggle to make ends meet because companies like Uber and Lyft prioritize corporate profits over our wellbeing,” Plaintiff Saori Okawa said in a statement.
Conversely, Uber driver and Prop 22 activist Jim Pyatt denounced the lawsuit, saying,“Voters across the political spectrum spoke loud and clear, passing Prop 22 in a landslide. Meritless lawsuits that seek to undermine the clear democratic will of the people do not stand up to scrutiny in the courts.”
California ballot measures have been occasionally repealed in the past; however, most of the time, they’ve only been repealed following subsequent ballot measures. If this lawsuit fails, such an initiative would likely be the last option for overturning Prop 22.
What is Prop 22?
Prop 22, which was approved by 59% of state voters in the 2020 Election, exempts app-based transportation and delivery companies from having to classify their drivers as employees. Rather, those drivers are listed as “independent contractors,” also known as gig workers.
Notably, Prop 22 was supported by major industry players like DoorDash, Uber, Lyft, and Instacart, which launched a massive $200 million lobbying and advertising campaign.
While those companies did promise wage guarantees and health insurance stipends for drivers, Prop 22 also eliminated a number of protections and benefits drivers would have seen under an “employee” status, including sick pay and workers’ compensation.
Because of that, many opponents have argued that the measure incentivizes companies to lay off their employees in favor of cheaper labor options.
Last week, it was reported that grocery stores like Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions began laying off their delivery workers in favor of switching to ”third-party logistics providers.” According to Albertson’s, unionized delivery workers were not included in the layoffs.
In recent coverage from KPBS, one San Diego Vons delivery worker detailed a situation in which he and delivery workers were called into a meeting with management.
“I thought they were going to give us a bonus or a raise or something like that,” he said.
Ultimately, that employee was told he would be losing his job in late February, even though he had been with the company for two-and-a-half years.
“I didn’t want to tell them,” the employee said of his parents, one of whom is disabled. “I’m the breadwinner for the family.”
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Daniel Silva Blames Cory La Barrie for His Own Death in New Legal Filing
- Popular Tattoo artist Daniel Silva said the death of YouTuber Cory La Barrie was due to La Barrie’s “own negligence,” in response to a wrongful death lawsuit from his family.
- La Barrie died last May after Silva lost control of the sports car they were in, crashing into a street sign and tree.
- La Barrie’s family has accused Silva of negligence, saying his excessive speeding caused the crash. They also claim he was under the influence, though he was never formally charged with a DUI.
- According to TMZ, Silva filed documents saying La Barrie “assumed the risk of death when he jumped into Daniel’s car that fateful night back in May.”
Corey La Barrie’s Death
Popular tattoo artist Daniel Silva has blamed YouTuber Corey La Barrie for his own death in response to a wrongful death lawsuit from La Barrie’s family, according to TMZ.
The tabloid says he filed legal documents saying, “the car crash that led to Corey’s death was due to his own negligence, and he assumed the risk of death when he jumped into Daniel’s car that fateful night back in May.”
La Barrie died on May 10, his 25th birthday, after Silva was speeding and lost control of the sports car they were in, crashing into a street sign and tree.
Police say Silva tried to leave the scene but was stopped by witnesses. He was later arrested and charged with murder. Silva eventually reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead no contest to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
In August, Silva was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with credit for 216 days served because of California sentencing guidelines, even though it had only been 108 days since the crash at the time.
He also earned five years of probation, 250 hours of community service, and a suspended prison sentence of four years, which would be imposed if he violates the terms of his probation.
Wrongful Death Suit
Silva still faces the family’s lawsuit, which they filed the same month their son died.
In it, La Barrie’s family has accused Silva of negligence, saying his excessive speeding caused the crash. They also claim he was driving under the influence.
It’s worth noting that people close to Silva have disputed that claim and he was never charged with a DUI. However, the first police statement about the crash labeled it a “DUI Fatal Traffic Collision.” Witnesses have said the two were partying earlier that night, though