Get Wattpad to Remove Triggering Content
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Wattpad is a website used to share stories and has birthed many success stories for authors. There are millions of users worldwide and the diversity on the website is astounding.
However, there are consistent and profound issues that Wattpad staff seem to ignore and suppress.
Wattpad has a large community for “true crime” fans- but many take it too far. There are fanfictions dedicated to the Columbine school shooters, the Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz, among many others. I have attempted to make books encouraging others to report this material. Those that support the removal of this material are like me and do not want this toxic and disrespectful material to run rampant on a website we feel should be a safe space for all.
So far, I have created two separate accounts dedicated to helping report and remove these toxic books from this website and both accounts have been removed by Wattpad within a day whereas they have done nothing about the content I am protesting against.
If I cannot call out this disgusting material, how am I meant to feel safe and happy on a website where people write fanfiction for school shooters? Fanfiction that largely develop the main character to take their part in accompanying these school shooters?
You are allowing toxic and distressing material become the norm- and we do not stand for it.
Remove it, listen to your consumers more. Do not let this become an issue that you could’ve prevented had you prioritised your content regulation better.
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