- Last week, YouTuber Deji posted a video accusing his brother KSI of physically assaulting him to get laughs on his YouTube channel.
- KSI responded by saying that he was never aware that Deji was uncomfortable and said Deji was always in on the joke.
- He also brought up instances where Deji hurt him for his YouTube.
- The money from ads on KSI’s video were meant to go to suicide prevention, but the video ended up receiving a claim from Logan Paul.
- Paul later said he would remove the claim.
KSI Responds to Deji
YouTuber KSI has responded to his brother Deji, who accused him of physically abusing him for jokes on his YouTube channel.
Last week, Deji posted a 40-minute video claiming that KSI would hit him with belts and other objects for their content on YouTube. He said that while some of the acts started out as a harmless joke, they eventually escalated to the point where he felt uncomfortable.
On Monday, KSI uploaded an 80-minute long video called “Ending it all” where he addressed the allegations his brother brought forward one by one. At the start of the video, he announced that the ad money would go to suicide prevention charities and included links to two U.K.-based organizations in the description.
KSI first addressed Deji’s claims about being punched and hit by a water bottle. He showed clips of these two things happening, where Deji can be seen laughing. KSI claimed that in these cases, the two were just “play fighting.”
He also shows a clip that Deji referenced, where he claimed he was hit by a belt. When the full clip is played, however, we can see that Deji and KSI are fighting over a belt, but no one is ever hit with it.
KSI then admits that the times where he threw a game controller and chair at his brother were real and says he should not have done that.
KSI then goes on to say that the physical violence was not one-sided. In Deji’s video, he showed clips of him being hit by KSI for a game called “FIFA Slavery.” KSI then shows clips where he is the one being hit by Deji.
According to KSI, this game was not a standalone event. He shows other clips of Deji hitting him for their YouTube videos.
He also says that in the cases where Deji was on the receiving end of the actions, he always seemed like a willing participant. He claims to have no idea that these games made Deji upset.
“I don’t know why it’s a problem now,” KSI says. “Maybe I took it too far sometimes, but not once did you ever bring it up that I made you feel uncomfortable.”
He later apologized to his brother for putting him in those situations.
“Either way, I’m sorry if you were uncomfortable with any of the videos we have made,” KSI said. “I would have hoped that you could have at least have told me at the time that you were not comfortable.”
Towards the end of the video, KSI addresses his decision to donate the money from ads to suicide prevention. He brings up his brother’s claim that their problems sent him to a “dark place” and made him wonder “what was the purpose of me living?”
“Deji, I never ever ever ever want you to have thoughts like that,” KSI said. “I never want you to feel like that at all. And it pains me, it pains me that you felt like that because of a disagreement between us.”
He then addresses his fans watching and says, “You should never feel alone. And that’s why I’m giving all the money made on this video to suicide prevention.”
KSI closes the video by saying that even though he was frustrated by the way their problems unfolded in the public eye, he was still willing to work on them. He also told Deji that he loves him.
After the video was posted, Deji defended himself on Twitter and claimed he had no bad feelings towards his brother.
Logan Paul’s Copyright Claim
After the KSI uploaded his video, he tweeted that it was hit with a copyright claim from Logan Paul, a YouTuber KSI is known to have problems with.
In KSI’s video, he uses footage from Deji’s interview on Paul’s Podcast, ImPaulsive. Paul responded by tweeting back at KSI.
This tweet was later deleted. However, it looks like the claim may have been automatic and not done intentionally by Paul. He later tweeted that he would make sure the claim is removed.
However, many were upset that for any period of time, a video where the proceeds were meant to go to suicide prevention, could have not made money because of Paul. Paul famously ran into trouble when he made a video about Aokigahara, a forest in Japan that has been dubbed “the suicide forest.”
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Schools Across the U.S. Cancel Classes Friday Over Unverified TikTok Threat
Officials in multiple states said they haven’t found any credible threats but are taking additional precautions out of an abundance of safety.
Schools in no fewer than 10 states either canceled classes or increased their police presence on Friday after a series of TikToks warned of imminent shooting and bombs threats.
Despite that, officials said they found little evidence to suggest the threats are credible. It’s possible no real threat was actually ever made as it’s unclear if the supposed threats originated on TikTok, another social media platform, or elsewhere.
“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” TikTok’s Communications team tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Still, given the uptick of school shootings in the U.S. in recent years, many school districts across the country decided to respond to the rumors. According to The Verge, some districts in California, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas shut down Friday.
“Based on law enforcement interviews, Little Falls Community Schools was specifically identified in a TikTok post related to this threat,” one school district in Minnesota said in a letter Thursday. “In conversations with local law enforcement, the origins of this threat remain unknown. Therefore, school throughout the district is canceled tomorrow, Friday, December 17.”
In Gilroy, California, one high school that closed its doors Friday said it would reschedule final exams that were expected to take place the same day to January.
According to the Associated Press, several other districts in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania stationed more police officers at their schools Friday.
Viral Misinformation or Legitimate Warnings?
As The Verge notes, “The reports of threats on TikTok may be self-perpetuating.”
For example, many of the videos online may have been created in response to initial warnings as more people hopped onto the trend. Amid school cancellations, videos have continued to sprout up — many awash with both rumors and factual information.
“I’m scared off my ass, what do I do???” one TikTok user said in a now-deleted video, according to People.
“The post is vague and not directed at a specific school, and is circulating around school districts across the country,” Chicago Public Schools said in a letter, though it did not identify any specific post. “Please do not re-share any suspicious or concerning posts on social media.”
According to Dr. Amy Klinger, the director of programs for the nonprofit Educator’s School Safety Network, “This is not 2021 phenomenon.”
Instead, she told The Today Show that her network has been tracking school shooting threats since 2013, and she noted that in recent years, they’ve become more prominent on social media.
“It’s not just somebody in a classroom of 15 people hearing someone make a threat,” she said. “It’s 15,000 people on social media, because it gets passed around and it becomes larger and larger and larger.”
Jake Paul Says He “Can’t Get Cancelled” as a Boxer
The controversial YouTuber opened up about what it has been like to go from online fame to professional boxing.
The New Yorker Profiles Jake Paul
YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul talked about his career switch, reputation, and cancel culture in a profile published Monday in The New Yorker.
While Paul rose to fame as the Internet’s troublemaker, he now spends most of his time in the ring. He told the outlet that one difference between YouTube and boxing is that his often controversial reputation lends better to his new career.
“One thing that is great about being a fighter is, like, you can’t get cancelled,” Paul said. The profile noted that the sport often rewards and even encourages some degree of bad behavior.
“I’m not a saint,” Paul later continued. “I’m also not a bad guy, but I can very easily play the role.”
Paul also said the other difference between his time online and his time in boxing is the level of work. While he says he trains hard, he confessed that there was something more challenging about making regular YouTube content.
“Being an influencer was almost harder than being a boxer,” he told The New Yorker. “You wake up in the morning and you’re, like, Damn, I have to create fifteen minutes of amazing content, and I have twelve hours of sunlight.”
Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury
The New Yorker profile came just after it was announced over the weekend Paul will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury in an 8-round cruiserweight fight on Showtime in December.
“It’s time to kiss ur last name and ur family’s boxing legacy goodbye,” Paul tweeted. “DEC 18th I’m changing this wankers name to Tommy Fumbles and celebrating with Tom Brady.”
Both Paul and Fury are undefeated, according to ESPN. Like Paul, Fury has found fame outside of the sport. He has become a reality TV star in the U.K. after appearing on the hit show “Love Island.”
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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos
The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.
Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws.
For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform.
The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.
It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end.
The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions.
First Twitch Hack
Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.
That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019.
It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.
Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already.