- Dispo, a new social media app by YouTuber David Dobrik, is facing a slew of negative reviews as Dobrik continues to remain silent about sexual assault allegations from former Vlog Squad member Seth Francois.
- Francois recently opened up about the trauma he experienced after Dobrik twice tricked him into kissing fellow Vlog Squad member Jason Nash on camera.
- Another member of Dobrik’s group, Scotty Sire, incited more outrage last week after calling Francois a liar in a video defending Dobrik and Nash.
Dispo Review Bombed
David Dobrik’s new social media app Dispo is being review-bombed amid allegations that the YouTuber orchestrated a prank, which resulted in the sexual assault of one of his former Vlog Squad members, Seth Francois.
In 2017 and 2018, Francois, 26, was featured in two of Dobrik’s videos where he was pranked into making out with fellow Vlog Squader Jason Nash, 47. Last month, Francois spoke about the trauma he has experienced as a result of those situations, also telling a variety of media outlets that both happened under false pretexts and without his consent.
Despite growing calls to do so, Dobrik and Nash have yet to respond. With the silence, frustrated fans have now begun sharing screenshots of their one-star app store Dispo reviews that call on Dobrik and Nash to take accountability for the pranks against Francois.
As of Monday morning, the app has over 1,500 reviews with a 3.1-star rating, with nearly the same amount of one-star reviews as five-star reviews.
Scotty Sire Defends Dobrik and Nash
The review bombing also comes after Vlog Squad member Scotty Sire posted a video Thursday defending Dobrik from Francois’ allegations.
Near the beginning of the video, Sire shares an already circulated clip of Dobrik asking for Francois’ consent for a second kissing prank.
“Do I have permission to try to prank you again and get you to make out with Jason?” Dobrik asks in the clip.
“I’m very confused by that because how the hell could you be so confident to tell me that I have to consent to something that I’m not going to know what I’m going to do?” Francois says.
Many have lodged criticism against Dobrik via this clip in particular by noting that consent doesn’t work the way he seems to suggest it does. For example, a person can’t ask someone to consent to a future event they don’t know about.
Nonetheless, Sire claimed that “the clip was cut short to not actually show Seth giving his consent but show David asking for the consent.”
According to Sire, that footage exists but was not shown in the video Dobrik uploaded to YouTube.
“This is from a period of time where David was always at my house editing,” Sire said, “and I very vividly remember when he was editing that clip, there was a clip in there, of Seth agreeing and giving his permission to film this bit again. He’s like, ‘There’s no way you’re going to get it on me again. There’s no way you’re going to get me again, so go ahead. Go for it.’”
Sire does not provide that clip in his video to back up his claims.
Meanwhile, Seth himself has claimed that after the camera was turned off, he explicitly asked David not to pull another kissing prank on him.
Moreover, even if Seth agreed, some have argued that David was in a position of power and Seth may have felt pressured to do as he said or risk not being in future videos. In fact, that’s a fear Seth himself has even touched on in interviews.
Sire Claims Francois Asked for a Third Kissing Prank
Notably, Sire also shared a clip from Dobrik that he claimed is proof Francois requested to do a third kissing prank.
“Guys, this is a text from Seth from about two years ago,” Dorbik says while off-cam in the clip. “He goes, ‘Yo, bro, I was thinkin about it. I’m down for another kissing sketch.’ I said, ‘haha, what do you mean?’ He goes, ‘Lol I don’t really care as long as u clout me up. I’m not gay just don’t care lol.’”
Dobrik then plays an audio message that appears to be from Francois where he says, “I mean, yeah. I mean, I don’t know. It’s not really a big deal. I mean, it’s the same shit. Just, I don’t know… more open-minded.”
While notable if later confirmed to be 100% authentic, critics have noted that even if Francois did directly ask for a third prank, this still never shows him asking for or consenting to the first two pranks, which are the ones in question.
Others also emphasized that this time, Francois says he’s “more open-minded,” with many interpreting that as him not being comfortable with the previous two pranks.
In fact, as Francois told Rogue Rocket, “The ‘audio’ clip and ‘text’ that is surfacing the internet is a manipulation to misinterpret my trauma and experiences. This ‘audio’ further concludes I did not consent to those published video.”
As further proof that Francois was not comfortable with the first prank, many online have shared a clip of Dobrik and Nash joking about the incident on an old podcast.
“I’m like, yeah Seth, just don’t hold back,” Dobrik says. “You can make out as much as you want, have as much tongue as you want. Just keep kissing her. But what Seth didn’t know is that I replaced Corinna with Jason.”
Dobrik and Nash even seem to acknowledge that they were aware of the consequences this could potentially result in for Francois.
“His friends are probably going to chew him out for that for the next like, 3 to five years of his life,” Dobrik says in the audio.
“Well, as Seth tells it, homosexuality is not so accepted in his, where he comes from,” Nash says.
“Seth is from Compton,” David responds. “It’s literally the perfect set up. Like a guy from Compton, and I made him make out with another, older man.”
Revenge Porn Claims
At one point in Sire’s video, he also claims Francois posted revenge porn of fellow Vlog Squad member, Erin Gilfoy.
“Do you know how that affected her?” Sire asked. “You posted revenge porn, which is actually 100% illegal. It’s totally immoral and so so fucked up. Did you get her consent?“
This claim isn’t actually a new part to the story. It’s something people often bring up as a way to try and discredit Francois, though others argue that it’s a separate issue from Francois’s own allegations.
Many people believe Sire is referring to a clip Francois shared in July that shows Gilfoy using the n-word. That clip appears to have been featured in a larger video compilation Francois shared when accusing Vlog Squad members of performance activism and calling on them to take accountability for past offensive content.
Gilfoy addressed the situation in a video at the time, saying there were clips of her circulating online that were taken 10 years ago. She apologized, said she was ashamed, and stressed that she does not use language like that anymore.
She also said the videos being shared show her completely naked and were filmed without her consent. In fact, Gilfoy claimed she was blackmailed about a year and a half earlier by a person who threatened to leak the videos unless she met their demands, which she did not do.
“People have decided that me saying a racial slur, justifies them posting videos that I did not consent to have taken,” she said last year. “I did not consent to have posted anywhere. It’s okay to post them and share them and circulate them, even though it’s such an insane violation of my privacy.”
Since Gilfoy’s remarks, Francois has repeatedly denied that the clip he shared showed nudity and said it is not considered revenge porn; however, Gilfoy has maintained that it is revenge porn, regardless of whether or not her body was blurred.
“In this day in age it is unfortunate that people are still using pornographic videos to get revenge,” Francois told The Rogue Rocket. “I have not promoted nudity but only highlighted a peer confidently saying the slanderous derogatory term “N*****.”
It’s unclear exactly how Seth got a hold of the clip or if he ever publicly shared an uncensored version of it.
In a statement to the drama channel Spill Sesh, Seth said the clip was already posted online by others when he reshared it. It’s unclear if those versions were already censored or not.
Twitch Sues Two Users for Creating Hate Raid Bots That Targeted Black and LGBTQ+ Streamers
Twitch said the two users were so relentless in their racist, sexist, and anti-LGBTQ+ hate raids that they forced some creators to stop streaming.
Twitch Sues Two Users
Twitch has filed a lawsuit against two of its users for allegedly creating hate raid bots that targeted Black and LGBTQ+ streamers with racist, sexist, and anti-LGBTQ+ content.
The users named in the lawsuit, filed late Thursday, are CruzzControl and CreatineOverdose. While their legal names are currently unknown, Twitch said it traced one to the Netherlands and the other to Austria. It added that it will amend the suit to include their real names once it learns them.
Twitch said both users began using bots to flood streamers’ chats with hate-filled messages in August. Despite multiple suspensions and bans, Twitch said the two continually created new accounts to continue their hate raid crusades.
According to the lawsuit, CruzzControl operated nearly 3,000 bots that were used to spam the discriminatory and harassing content. Meanwhile, CreatineOverdose used “their bot software to demonstrate how it could be used to spam Twitch channels with racial slurs, graphic descriptions of violence against minorities, and claims that the hate raiders are the KKK.”
Twitch didn’t just stop at accusations of hateful actions and rule-breaking. It even claimed the two users were so forceful in their efforts to attack creators that they pressured some to stop streaming altogether, “eliminating an important source of revenue for them.”
Twitch Users Demand Change
Twitch creators have long complained about hate raids, but a number of small creators began organizing a cohesive movement in early August following what appeared to be a growing number of hate raids.
Many demanded that Twitch address the situation by holding round tables with affected creators and enabling different features that would give them the ability to shut down incoming raids. Critics also called on the platform to provide detailed information about how it plans to protect creators moving forward. While Twitch did promise to implement fixes, a large portion of users weren’t satisfied with its messaging.
The bulk of users’ efforts culminated on Sep. 1 when various creators participated in #ADayOffTwitch, a one-day walkout designed to reduce traffic on the platform.
Despite Twitch’s lawsuit, a number of users have still said they won’t be completely satisfied with the platform’s actions until more is accomplished. For now, their primary goal is to have Twitch directly outline what steps it’s taking to prevent hate raids.
In its lawsuit, Twitch does make a cursory mention of several changes it said it’s introduced recently, including “implementing stricter identity controls with accounts, machine learning algorithms to detect bot accounts that are used to engage in harmful chat, and augmenting the banned word list.”
“Twitch mobilized its communications staff to address the community harm flowing from the hate raids and assured its community that it was taking proactive measures to stop them,” it added. “Twitch also worked with impacted streamers to educate them on moderation toolkits for their chats and solicited and responded to streamers’ and users’ comments and concerns.”
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Streamers Protest Racist and Homophobic Hate Raids With #ADayOffTwitch
The creators participating in the walkout want Twitch to implement policies that actively combat hate-raiding.
Numerous Twitch streamers went dark on the platform Wednesday as part of a movement called #ADayOffTwitch, which participants have described as a way to stand “in solidarity with marginalized creators under attack by botting & hate-raids.”
The protest was organized last month after a smaller creator by the name of RekItRaven, who is Black and uses they/them pronouns, had their streams flooded with racist messages twice.
“This channel now belongs to the KKK,” dozens of users commented during the streams.
For RekItRaven, those messages also came at a particularly disparaging time, as they had just finished talking about how several traumatic experiences had shaped their life.
Following the stream, RekItRaven began using #TwitchDoBetter, saying, “I love Twitch. I love the community that I built there… BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN I HAVE TO ACCEPT BEING TREATED LIKE SHIT ON THE PLATFORM.”
Soon, RekItRaven’s concerns gained traction, prompting a number of other smaller creators to step forward with their experiences about being on the receiving end of hate-raids. Eventually, that morphed into Tuesday’s #ADayOffTwitch protest, which has been spearheaded by RekItRaven and two other small creators known as ShineyPen and Lucia Everblack.
The protesters are demanding that Twitch make several concessions moving forward. Those demands include the platform:
- Holding round-tables with affected creators to assist with the creation of tools that combat abuse on the platform.
- Enabling creators to select the account age for prospective chatters.
- Allowing creators the ability to deny incoming raids.
- Removing the ability to attach more than three Twitch accounts to one email address since hate-raiders can currently use a single email to register unlimited accounts.
- Providing transparency into the actions being taken to protect creators, including giving a timeframe for that implementation.
For its part, Twitch has already promised to implement fixes, saying on Aug. 20, “Hate spam attacks are the result of highly motivated bad actors, and do not have a simple fix.”
“We’ve been building channel-level ban evasion detection and account improvements to combat this malicious behavior for months,” it added. “However, as we work on solutions, bad actors work in parallel to find ways around them—which is why we can’t always share details.”
However, for now, creators must still deal with potentially being hate-raided while streaming, which is why their anger toward Twitch has persisted.
Do Small Creators Have a Big Enough Voice?
The protest led by mostly smaller creators is also almost entirely composed of them. Because of this, the vacuum of silence from large creators, who hold a disproportionate amount of influence on the platform, has also led to frustration.
Many have pointed out that large creators will publicly show their support for minority causes during events such as Black History Month and Pride Month, but smaller users said they feel abandoned when those same creators don’t also actively participate in causes that directly combat minority hate.
“Nobody gives a fuck if you take the day off. Nobody knows who you are That’s the truth,” streamer Asmongold, who has 2.4 million followers on Twitch, on a stream last month. “If people got together and they said, we’re all going to collectively do it, I would do it in a heartbeat. Right, I would do it. I’ve got no problem because I do believe in power in numbers, I absolutely do, which is why I don’t believe in this. Like, you can’t get a bunch of 20 Andy’s together and think that you’re going to do anything. Nobody gives a fuck.”
That said, some influential streamers have added their voices to #ADayOff Twitch. For example, both Rhymestyle and Meg Turney participated in Tuesday’s protest; however, both creators have hundreds of thousands of more followers outside of Twitch rather than on it.
A number of smaller creators have also argued that it’s not feasible for them to take a day off even though they want to support the cause. For example, taking a day off could jeopardize them keeping their affiliate or partner status, which could, in turn, jeopardize their channels.
Meanwhile, others have argued that outcomes such as those are exactly what hate-raiders want to achieve, so logging off Twitch for a day could be playing into their hands.
Others still said they wanted to participate but are contractually obligated to stream every day either because of sponsorships or other deals.
CallMeCarson Announces Return to Streaming Following Grooming Allegations
In his return announcement, the YouTuber promised to donate 100% of his proceeds to charity in hopes that he can “turn a negative situation with a lot of eyes on it into something positive.”
Popular “Minecraft” YouTuber and streamer Carson King, known online as CallMeCarson, announced Wednesday that he will return to streaming following accusations he faced earlier this year of grooming and sexting underage fans.
In a video titled “Moving Forward,” King said he would begin streaming on Twitch again on Sept. 1 as part of what he is calling a “Year of Charity.” For the next 12 months, King plans to donate 100% of his proceeds to different charities, selecting a new one each month.
“Before you start looking at this as an excuse to sweep things under the rug, that’s not what this is,” he explained in his video. “I’m doing this to turn a negative situation with a lot of eyes on it into something positive that can help a lot of people.”
King did not address the details of the allegations that have been levied against him. Instead, he said he wanted to focus on what he can do in the future.
“I’ve learned a lot this past year,” King said. “I’m not seeking forgiveness nor am I looking to make excuses.”
Grooming Allegations Made Against CallMeCarson
In January, members of his YouTube group The Lunch Club told “DramaAlert” that in March of 2020, King had admitted to grooming underage fans. They claimed to not know many details but stated that his confession ultimately led to the group disbanding. One former member, known as “Slimecicle,” even said he reported Carson to authorities.
The victims themselves ended up coming forward online. One, who identified herself as Sam, said Carson sent her sexually suggestive messages in 2019 when he was 19 and she was 17. She also posted Discord messages the two exchanged where King said he could not “control” himself and asked when she turned 18.
Another girl, who went by CopiiCatt, said King sent her nude photos when she was 17 and he was 20.
Following this, King took a hiatus online, and now, his return has been met with mixed reactions.
His “Moving Forward” video has been viewed over 1.2 million times, receiving 252,000 likes and just 14,000 dislikes.
On Twitter, however, more people expressed frustration with his return and were upset by the swell of support for King despite the accusations against him.