ASMR teen Life With MaK roasts trolls who say she is asking "to be sexually cyber bullied"

12 June 2019, 21:34 | Updated: 12 June 2019, 21:55

Life With MaK is clapping back against people who say she deserves to be "sexually cyber bullied"
Life With MaK is clapping back against people who say she deserves to be "sexually cyber bullied". Picture: Life With MaK via YouTube

Makenna Kelly has been clapping back at Twitter trolls after YouTube removed her ASMR videos.

You may have recently heard that viral sensation, living meme and ASMR YouTuber Life With Mak was quitting YouTube following several instances where her videos are being removed from the platform for 'violating community guidelines'.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, 13-year-old Makenna Kelly revealed that 12 of her videos had been taken down in the past three months, including one of her most popular videos where she ate honeycomb, following concerns that her content could be viewed as 'sexual'.

This is happening because YouTube has been revamping their guidelines in a bid to clamp down on content that “endangers the emotional and physical well-being of minors” as well as content that “sexually exploits minors.” While Makenna doesn't appear to be doing anything wrong, she is the one that has been punished.

Makenna has been very outspoken about the issue on Twitter and has also been responding to tweets which have suggested that the type of content she puts out on YouTube automatically means that she's setting herself up to be "sexually cyber bullied."

Read her savage responses below.

In the same interview with BuzzFeed News, Makenna's mother (and manager of her channel) Nichole said: “I don’t need YouTube to parent my child or protect my child for me. They are not the government. Punish the pedophiles and punish the online cyberbullies — not the creator.”

At the start of the year, YouTube began disabling the comment section on several videos and channels that feature minors in order to stop pedophiles using the platform to communicate. Colleen Ballinger was one of those that was affected by platform restriction and called them out on it.

"I want to keep children safe, that is my top priority... but... by demonetising videos that have kids in them that a predator would find appealing... all you're doing is helping the [pervert] because now they don't have to sit through an ad [to see those videos] and they can't comment, which means there's no way to find them... or report them."

The same thing happened to Jessica Ballinger whose video of her son doing gymnastics was demonetised. YouTube responded to her complaint, saying: "Just to be super clear, we're not saying anything is wrong with the actual video and thank you for doing a great job moderating the comments section. These recent actions are due to an abundance of caution related to content that may endanger minors.

With regard to the actions that we've taken, even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads (yellow icon). Let us know if you have any questions."

To sum that up, it seems like YouTube is punishing creators for comments other people are leaving on their content and by the looks of things, it still has not found a solution to that moderation problem.