It looks like YouTube is finally taking action and better yet, taking control of it’s video-sharing platform by removing channels that are deemed inappropriate for viewers. The video sharing site has taken down the controversial “FamilyOFive” video channel — run by convicted child neglecters Mike and Heather Martin — after it got blasted online as yet another platform for child abuse.
According to The Huffington Post, FamilyOFive, formerly known as DaddyOFive, was a controversial YouTube channel that focused on daily vlogging and "prank" videos. Their target audience was tweens and young children, much to the dismay of their parents. At its peak, the channel's videos featured the Martins and their children. The parents lost custody of two of their three children, for using the two children to create a viral video. However, despite the charges on the parents, their YouTube account continued to be active, and the parents were still putting up the abusive videos, until YouTube finally stepped up and did something about it.
Following the conviction, the couple deleted all the videos on the DaddyOFive account and moved from Maryland to West Virginia where they started vlogging from an account called FamilyOFive. The new account racked up 176 million views until parents and viewers have had enough of their dangerous antics. YouTube Quickly took note.
A Google spokesman later confirmed that the account had been “terminated” for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines. “Content that endangers children is unacceptable to us,” the spokesman said. “We have worked extensively alongside experts in child safety to make sure we have strict policies and are aggressively enforcing them. Given this channel owner’s previous strikes for violating our Guidelines prohibiting child endangerment, we’re removing all of his channels under our Terms of Service.”
For their part, the Martins insisted that most of their videos featured their children alone. Their youngest child is just 10. However, it's been reported that the parents were the ones orchestrating these videos. They allegedly played violent pranks on their kids, with evidence of their children sustaining injuries sometimes while shooting their videos.
After YouTube banned the Martins, their children Jake, Ryan and Alex uploaded a video to a channel called Team DO5 Fans entitled "Goodbye Youtube," in which they insist that the pranks are harmless and planned.
This is not the first time or a last time that a popular blogger or vlogger has been banned from social media. Just recently, controversial Infowars host Alex Jones was also banned from YouTube, Facebook, iTunes and a host of other platforms. Infowars’ main YouTube channel received more than 17 million views in the 30 days before its ban. Today, the Infowars app is no longer in the top 30 news apps, and Infowars is nowhere near replacing its lost YouTube viewership.