YouTube may finally be pulling the plug on Nathan Stolpman’s “Lift the Veil” YouTube channel. He began moaning on Twitter over the weekend, at first noting that three of his videos had received strikes from YouTube; by Sunday he was saying seven had been removed:
Of course we were grief-stricken on his behalf.
For those unfamiliar with his particular brand of slack-jawed crazy, Stolpman is the American YouTuber whose interview with Ella Gareeva Draper yielded her damning admission that she and Abraham Christie had forced her two children to make false allegations of Satanic ritual abuse. Stolpman stated that in a conversation with Ella, she had told him that she had wrongly accused her son and her ex-husband of being “in the cult”—she had been under stress when she made that allegation, she said.
Stolpman accepted this uncritically, failing to consider that in the videos the children were forced to make, they had specifically accused their half-brother and his father and step-mother. As well, Abraham Christie had been adamant in his conversation with his brother-in-law Jean Clement Yaohirou that Ella’s ex-husband had been a cult financier.
Stolpman might not have understood the ramifications of Ella’s admission, but he certainly realised that videos of the Hampstead children, and videos harassing their father, were big money-makers…and so he keeps them pinned to his YouTube channel’s front page.
YouTube finds its conscience
YouTube has recently found itself having to face the consequences of its own negligence when it comes to child safe-guarding. In February, YouTube user Matt Watson identified and made public a “wormhole into a soft-core paedophile ring”, on the video-sharing platform.
In a video describing this, he said,
Paedophiles are trading social media contacts; they’re trading links to actual child porn in YouTube comments; they’re trading unlisted videos in secret, and YouTube’s algorithm through some glitch in its programming is facilitating their ability to do this.
On learning of this, major advertisers, including the makers of the massively popular video game Fortnite and Nestlé, began pulling their ads. This got YouTube’s attention, and at the end of February they announced that they would no longer allow comments on videos featuring children:
The company will disable all comments on videos featuring younger children, and will also disable comments on those videos of older children that have some risk of attracting predatory behaviour, YouTube says.
In an article in the Guardian, a spokesperson for YouTube said the company has strong child-safety policies:
A YouTube spokesman said of the latest claims: “Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube.
We guess their moderators just forgot about YouTube’s “abhorrence” toward endangering children when they ignored repeated requests to remove videos featuring the two children at the centre of the Hampstead hoax.
However, with Stolpman’s channel teetering on the brink, this seems like a good time to test YouTube’s newfound commitment to ensuring children are not endangered.
Stolpman’s “Hampstead Cover-up” playlist would be good place to start reporting videos for child endangerment. We’ve tried in the past with only moderate success, but somehow the time just seems right.