Monetized social media was a mistake.
Social media is the great equalizer, anyone willing to put themselves out there can make huge sums of money if they try. That means that some people, in the pursuit of money, will do anything to built a following.
We’ve covered YouTube pranksters who have nearly eaten bullets for likes.
Today, a streamer kicked off a riot in NYC.
Yes, a riot.
#BreakingNews Thousands of people have overrun Union Square Park and surrounded lanes of traffic Friday as a popular Twitch streamer held a video game giveaway. https://t.co/DXxj4yGLrC pic.twitter.com/AS0zyZdy9H
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) August 4, 2023
New York City Has Become One of The Most Violent Places on Earth Because Woke Leadership Refuses To Hold Criminals Accountable! pic.twitter.com/pvqbXffSPO
— Matt Wallace (@MattWallace888) August 4, 2023
Order must be restored to society. Loser parents have raised loser children that no longer fear repercussions. America is falling. pic.twitter.com/aXk3d3Js0W
— JohnBurk (@johnburk39) August 5, 2023
More footage from yesterday riot at Union Square Park NYC
A vendor was hit over the head with something and a both was looted pic.twitter.com/zwoMLeX9Tz
— Viral News NYC (@ViralNewsNYC) August 5, 2023
The UK Daily Mail gives us more information.
YouTube and Twitch personality Kai Cenat is in police custody after a riot broke out in New York City’s Union Square during an unlicensed scheduled giveaway of Playstation 5s.
Shocking photos and videos show thousands of people gathered, with some fighting and others throwing fire extinguishers at each other in downtown Manhattan.
At least 12 people have been injured, police told DailyMail.com. Multiple NYPD officers were on the scene trying to disperse the crowd as of 5pm.
The NYPD has warned of mass transit disruptions and traffic delays, they estimated about 2,000 people showed up for the giveaway and Mayor Eric Adams condemned the violence, warning his own son to stay clear.
Cenat, who is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch and has 5.5 million followers on Instagram, had announced a giveaway on the platform with fellow streamer Fanum scheduled for 4pm.
So a wealthy and popular influencer stages a giveaway which turns into a riot.
I hate everything about this story.
Influencers causing chaos.
Greedy people rioting for free shit.
Inept police unable to maintain law and order.
After society collapse and we plunge into the new dark ages, when the second Renaissance happens, we need to make sure monetized social media remains in the ash heap of history.