YouTube prank backfires, leaves Filipino employee in tears
Aileen Cerrudo • May 16, 2019 • 12244
“You’re fired,” YouTuber Lauren Love told Maria Leones, a Filipino employee. “Because I don’t appreciate you walking around here. You’re supposed to be at the cashier, cashing people out.”
“I have been here for six years…” Maria replied, almost in tears. “I’ve been doing my job very well and I’ve been regarded as employee of the month.”
Maria Leones has been working at Walmart for six years.
She moved to the United States from the Philippines to be closer to her children. She works at a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift as a cashier at Walmart in order to pay for the medical expenses of her husband. Her 43-year-old husband recently had a quadruple bypass due to a heart attack.
Lauren Love is a YouTuber with over a hundred thousand subscribers in her solo channel. Her other channel has over a million subscribers.
For one of her contents in her solo channel, Lauren pretended to be a Walmart high-ranking corporate manager who would be firing random employees.
Maria was one of them.
According to a TV report, Maria felt humiliated and powerless during the prank. Upon hearing that she was fired, all that she could think of was her husband.
“At that moment, I thought about my husband,” Maria said during the TV interview. “Back home I had a very good reputation because I’m a professor.”
Upon seeing Maria in tears, Lauren immediately apologized. She told Maria that it was all a prank and she was not really fired.
Meanwhile, Walmart released a statement banning Lauren from all of their stores and called on YouTube to take down the said prank video.
“Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support,” their statement reads.
Lauren posted another video apologizing for the incident. The prank video was also removed from YouTube.
MANILA, Philippines – Detained Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Friday expressed alarm over the “continued proliferation of fake videos” on video-sharing website Youtube and urged Google Philippines to take it down.
“The continued proliferation of fake videos on YouTube is highly alarming. These fake videos have been widely shared across social media platforms by well-orchestrated network of pages that aim to manipulate reality to advance their political agendas,” De Lima said in a statement.
The senator said fake videos are populating on one of its subsidiaries, notably YouTube, “which becomes the go-to platform of sinister groups to spread lies and misleading content.”
De Lima called on Google Philippines to take concrete and decisive actions to ensure the veracity of the videos and audio clips it allows to be disseminated and shared on its service by cleaning up YouTube of fake clips.
“Google Philippines should take this concern seriously and start the crackdown on fake videos, including deep fake videos, on YouTube to free the public from any confusion about what’s real and what’s fake. This is long overdue,” she added.
The lawmaker also said she has since been aware of the malicious content populating YouTube because she has been a constant target of fake news on the said platform, as with other social networking sites.
“I should know. Evil men and women who are behind the fake news stories and videos against me have long been resorting to YouTube, among other social media platforms, to discredit me and make me appear bad in the public’s eyes,” she said.
“Even though my Senate staff report these online fake news pages and websites regularly, their efforts are not enough to control the proliferation of these fake news videos, especially among overseas Filipino workers,” she added.
De Lima believes that Google Philippines and its mother unit would be more responsible in finding innovative ways that could control, if not at all stop, the continued circulation and distribution of fake videos on YouTube.
“The people behind these dubious accounts and channels should also be held accountable for their actions. Media literacy and fact-checking platforms would not suffice unless technology giants like Google contribute in fighting disinformation,” she said.
Google Philippines has yet to issue a statement on the matter as of posting.
Owner of Misibis Bay Resort, Zaldy Co, has filed cyber libel charges against self-confessed “Bikoy” Peter Joemel Advincula, Facebook PH, and YouTube.
“Like ‘Bikoy’, Facebook and YouTube must be held accountable. Our legal system shouldn’t allow them to be part of a systematic campaign to destroy people and simply get away with it,” Co said in a statement.
Based on the filed complaint, Co is asking for P1 billion in damages against the said respondents, including Rodel Jayme, for linking his resort in the ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ videos.
“The truth is finally out. By his own admission, ‘Bikoy’ said everything in the viral video series that implicates me, Misibis Bay Resort and other personalities in the illegal drug trade are pure fabrication,” Co added.
Co recalled that his camp had already asked Facebook and YouTube to take down the videos but his request was allegedly ignored.
Seven-year-old YouTube star Ryan and his toys | Photo courtesy to Ryan ToysReview via Forbes
MANILA, Philippines — American business magazine, Forbes, on Monday (December 3) released its list of Youtube Top Earners for 2018 and guess who ranked first?
Forbes on its website named 7-year-old Ryan as the highest-paid YouTube star of 2018 by just playing with toys. Yes, that’s right!
Since it’s launch in 2015, Ryan’s YouTube channel “Ryan ToysReview” has been earning millions of dollars.
From 2016 to 2017, Ryan ranked 8th among the highest-paid YouTube entrepreneurs after earning a total of $11 million in revenue.
In 2018, Forbe’s listed him as the top earner with a whopping $22 million in revenue in the last 12 months up to June 2018.
His popularity, Forbe’s noted, enabled him to establish his own toy line under the brand ‘Ryan’s World’ which sells exclusively at Walmart across the United States.
Most of Ryan’s videos follow an un-boxing pattern where Ryan is featured opening toys and giving his initial impression of it.
And what’s good about it? Most of the toys Ryan reviews goes to a local charity.
Forbes, known for its lists and rankings, said all earnings are pretax and fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Most of the money comes from advertising that goes with the videos.
Following Ryan in 2018’s list of highest-paid Youtube stars include:
Jake Paul ($21.5M)
Dude Perfect ($20M)
Daniel Middleton ($18.5M)
Jeffree Star ($18M)
Evan Fong ($17M)
Logan Paul ($14.5M)
In a Tweet, Forbe’s said: “The world’s highest-paid YouTube star: Ryan ToysReview has generated 26B views and earned $22M in the last year thanks to his signature line of stuffed animals, collectibles and apparel now selling at Walmart.” – Marje Pelayo
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