Susan Wojcicki Must Step Down from her Position

Susan Wojcicki Must Step Down from her Position

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Susan Wojcicki took position of CEO of Youtube in February of 2014. Youtube since it's creation has become a type of multi-media conglomerate, attracting viewers from extremely young ages with their kids content, to adult groups with their more classical content, and even older groups have used the platform to enjoy this media.

Susan Wojcicki has not been a responsible CEO of the company whatsoever since her appointment to the position. This can first be seen when the first "adpocalypse" hit. This was a time where many individuals who uploaded to the platform were suddenly demonetized in order to save Youtube's advertising revenue from major companies who did not want their products advertised on certain types of videos. While these companies are not at fault and the issue of disturbing content on YouTube has been around since it's creation, Susan's response was extremely telling about her position towards the creators and the viewers on the platform. Rather than addressing the situation, she ignored the complaints and decided to discuss in an interview how people had mansplained to her instead of giving those on her platform piece of mind.

Beginning in 2016-2018, Ms. Wojcicki and her team worked to strategically censor certain types of content and bring content that they approved to their Trending page. The Trending page is a tab on the website which is meant to list the top viewed content on the platform, but since Wojcicki's team began work, it has been filled with whoever paid for a spot on this page (as long as their views aligned with the YouTube team). Examples of this are Jimmy Fallen, other talk show hosts, and music artists. While it is not an inherit issue for a platform to give recognition to those willing to pay for it, this content being put up as if it is more popular than it is with no notice of this is dishonest and unethical.

Ms. Wojcicki has remained silent on many other issues and more recently, she has turned some of the issues of the platform back around on the creators. In January of 2020, the FTC is requiring YouTube to make large changes which they believe will protect children on their platform. Based on statements made by FTC spokespeople, it has become clear that when Ms. Wojcicki and her team was faced by these COPPA violations, they quickly threw their creators under the bus ("Have you heard the expression of shooting fish in a barrel. Youtube is the barrel and the creators are the fish" --FTC representative). This shows that Wojcicki has no intention of protecting the creators or the content on this platform and much rather blame the COPPA violations on them rather than address the issues within her own companies.

To end the year of 2019, a content creator by the name of Gregory Jackson (aka Onision) has again been accused of spousal abuse and grooming of young girls, using his platforms on Twitter, Youtube, and Patreon to attract them. Him and his spouse, Kai, formerly Taylor, are currently under investigation by the FBI under suspicion of the pair's collection of child pornography across the interactions with all their victims. Mr. Jackson has since began to harass and doxx (release personal information) of one particular victim by the name of Billie. Patreon, a crowd-funding service, responded to this quickly and removed him from their platform. Chris Hansen, an investigative journalist who was the head of the Onision investigation before the FBI was involved, has attempted to contact Ms. Wojcicki, just as the victims and many concerned viewers also have, and was completely ignored.

Susan Wojcicki has made it clear that she is incapable of maintaining her position as CEO due to her unethical business practices as well as generally not caring for the well-being of both the young viewers and the creators of her platform.

We ask that she steps down immediately and is replaced by someone who will actively try to make Youtube a better and safer experience for all its users.

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