I am a fan of the YouTube channel Retroblasting. For those who don’t know they do reviews on toy lines from the 80’s and 90’s, do toy restorations, and reviews on cartoons from the 80’s. Micheal one of the two hosts made a video Sunday about his stance on internet trolls, and when said trolls attack his audience. Here’s the video:
While I never really had much of an audience to have to contend with trolls, honestly my take with how to deal with them is my natural instinct. With the levels of toxicity that comment sections, Twitter threads, etc. would the idea of confronting them be better than just letting trolls be?
I understand that the solution he is posing to do is to just delete them and I hope it works out. As much as I wonder if this SHOULD be the best strategy for every YouTuber going forward, I have to take pause and wonder if this is something that would be abused? People rage and get butt-hurt over constructive criticism all the time. Should not those people learn how to take constructive criticism?
As my thoughts and feelings pour out like a flash flood, the thought occurs to me, it IS the best way to handle trolls. Delete them and ban them. While I am a free speech absolutist, meaning that people must be free to express their thoughts and opinions (with the obvious exception of threats to physical harm/ doxxing), especially the ones that are toxic. However with that said, we as people in a liberal society must understand the Yin to the Yang of free speech, we are not free from the consequences.
YouTubers and their mods have every right to delete a troll’s post as much as a troll has the right to speak their mind. It would be hypocritical to deny them that. I believe that the human condition is always has a Yin/Yang dichotomy. For every freedom, like speech, we must also allow for the freedom to say things that we don’t agree with.
Also let’s look at it from the YouTuber, if they refuse to heed constructive criticism, it is THEY who will suffer from it. They cannot learn from their mistakes or cash out before they get banned. So, we as commenters should rest assured that when they abuse the idea of deleting and banning viewers who post constructive criticism, they will only hurt themselves.
Now YouTubers, take a stand against those who harass you and your audience. Don’t be afraid of losing subscribers and views you will get them back by standing up for something. Stand up for yourself! Or else to quote Jean Claude Van Damme from Street Fighter:
Stay hustling my friends.