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We Missed Out On YouTube Porn Day

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Yesterday, the lovable internet renegades at 4chan carried out a plan to flood YouTube with thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of pornographic images and clips disguised as safe-for-work videos. Did they succeed? And what was their motivation for inundating the video-sharing channel in this manner? Resident porn historian/man with nothing better to do Brian Fairbanks explored this mysterious phenomenon that has gripped the internet for hours.

Basically, there was this eight-year-old kid in Wichita, Kansas named Luke Taylor. Taylor created a video channel even though he isn’t old enough to have one, and posted several amusing clips of himself hunting ghosts and asking for fifty followers by next month. Instead, he found himself with 15,000 followers and a staggering number of views.

That’s because 4chan, an internet community that can effectively make or break websites, memes, and minor celebrities at will, had decided to make a minor celeb– or, in this case, a King– of Taylor. And when someone– either a concerned citizen or the party poopers at YouTube noticed Taylor was violating the rules by being five years too young, they pulled his account. Luckily, we managed to salvage one of his clips, thanks to NPR:

They called him the king and they declared January 6 his special day. They also declared war on YouTube in the form of the aforementioned attack. (You can read the full explanation from 4chan in the image atop this post.) But no news stories have reported anyone complaining about or having come across adult content in the general YouTube feed yesterday. Did anyone out there see anything unusual?

Whether or not the prank was a success, we have to side with 4chan on this one. Was it really necessary to take down the eight-year-old’s account? Who was he hurting? And I’ll bet dollars to jelly doughnuts he’s really, really upset about having had so much interest in his and then… banned.

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