This Dad Got Kicked Off YouTube For Making Disturbing Videos Of His Daughters That Millions Of People Watched

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This Dad Got Kicked Off YouTube For Making Disturbing Videos Of His Daughters That Millions Of People Watched

Greg Chism’s YouTube channel, which featured videos of his girls screaming with fear, spitting up, wetting themselves, and bathing, had more than 8 million subscribers before it was terminated. Warning: This post contains disturbing videos

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A single dad built massively popular YouTube channels by filming his young daughters screaming in fear, bathing, pretending to be babies, spitting up food, being force-fed, and “peeing” — content that millions of people watched.

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YouTube terminated Greg Chism’s Toy Freaks channel, which had more than 8 million subscribers, last week over complaints his videos were disturbing and bordered on “child abuse.”

Why is Toy Freaks allowed to exist? It’s child abuse – ppl have been complaining for years yet @YouTube does nothing http://bit.ly/2hkGReR 

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In a statement provided to BuzzFeed News, a YouTube spokesperson said, “We take child safety extremely seriously and have clear policies against child endangerment.”

“We recently tightened the enforcement of these policies to tackle content featuring minors where we receive signals that cause concern,” the statement said. “It’s not always clear that the uploader of the content intends to break our rules, but we may still remove their videos to help protect viewers, uploaders and children. We’ve terminated the Toy Freaks channel for violation of our policies. We will be conducting a broader review of associated content in conjunction with expert Trusted Flaggers.”

Two other channels that Chism operated were no longer active as of Tuesday. “This channel doesn’t have any content,” the homepage of Freak World reads, and the channel Freak Family Vlogs, no longer exists.

(Although all of videos from Toy Freaks appear to be insanely popular, it is unclear how many of their views and subscribers are legitimate."Since views are so important, it’s no surprise that an ecosystem of businesses has evolved around artificially helping creators get YouTube views, likes, and subscribers," the platform says of third-party services.)

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(Although all of videos from Toy Freaks appear to be insanely popular, it is unclear how many of their views and subscribers are legitimate.

“Since views are so important, it’s no surprise that an ecosystem of businesses has evolved around artificially helping creators get YouTube views, likes, and subscribers,” the platform says of third-party services.)

BuzzFeed News downloaded videos before their removal from the platform. In at least two, Chism walks into the bathroom as his two young daughters, Annabelle and Victoria, are bathing and scares them with animals.

He tells them that he has a surprise and asks if they want to see it. “No,” Annabelle responds, her voice inflecting upward.Then, as the bucket approaches the water, she says it again, “No,” and moves away. “No, Daddy, stop!” she screams. She continues to scream, while balancing on the edge of the tub. “Daddy, stop!” she yells again, her voice cracking into a cry.“He’s a dirty frog,” the dad says after he removes the animal.

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He tells them that he has a surprise and asks if they want to see it.

“No,” Annabelle responds, her voice inflecting upward.

Then, as the bucket approaches the water, she says it again, “No,” and moves away. “No, Daddy, stop!” she screams.

She continues to scream, while balancing on the edge of the tub. “Daddy, stop!” she yells again, her voice cracking into a cry.

“He’s a dirty frog,” the dad says after he removes the animal.

Afterward, he says to Annabelle, “You freaked out.” (Warning: The below video may be considered disturbing.)

In a similar scenario, the dad walks into the bathroom with another animal as the girls are bathing. Before entering, he holds up a lobster and says: “When the girls are playing in the tub, they know I’m probably bringing something in there. But it’s not a snake or frog this time.”

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When the dad approaches the bathtub door, Annabelle is hiding behind her older sister. “Get it away! Get it away!” the little girl says, beginning to panic. After he shows them the creature, Annabelle screams. (Warning: The below video may be considered disturbing.)

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Many of the Toy Freaks videos featured Chism and his girls dressing up like and pretending to be babies. They then pretended to engage in “baby” behavior, like spitting up and wetting themselves.

In one video, Annabelle coughs after spitting up what her older sister says is baby food. "I think we need water," Victoria says, after spoon-feeding the food to her younger sister.

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In one video, Annabelle coughs after spitting up what her older sister says is baby food.

“I think we need water,” Victoria says, after spoon-feeding the food to her younger sister.

Annabelle spits up near the end of this clip, on to Victoria’s upper back. (Warning: The below video may be considered disturbing.)

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Another video features more footage related to bodily functions. Annabelle again spits things up; here it’s spaghetti and crayons. (Warning: The below video may be considered disturbing.)

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In this video, Annabelle also “pees” on Victoria, and the camera zooms in on a wet spot on her bottom.

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In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Chism said he has been “working closely” with YouTube about the situation.

“On Nov 16, YouTube updated its Kids App and community guidelines to allow for stronger regulation and flagging ability for parents,” he said. “Later that day, three of our videos that we did not know were on the Kids App were flagged by the community resulting in the Toy Freaks channel being terminated.”

A spokesman for Chism told BuzzFeed News he had deleted his other channels himself as a precaution.

“With the concerns surrounding the Toy Freaks channel [Chism] thought it would be advisable to, at least in the meantime, take his other channels down,” he said.

In a statement to Variety, Chism said YouTube informed him “of concerns that my videos were attracting audience members who do not have childrens’ best interests in their hearts.”

“Victoria, Annabelle and I want to thank our supporters as my girls have had the opportunity to develop their creativity and self-confidence over the past few years,” he said. “Their future is bright. While it is disturbing to me that anyone would find inappropriate pleasure in our video skits, I deeply appreciate YouTube’s concerns for my family and I could not be happier with having had this remarkable experience.”

As the family’s popularity grew, more videos emerged. Animated fan videos, featuring the family’s likeness, have gained tons of views on the platform. This one, which was uploaded in July by a channel called Toy Cartoon, had over 500,000 views and features Victoria “peeing” on her dad.

A similar video from that channel had over 9 million views. Both existed on YouTube on Monday, but had been removed as of Tuesday morning. Other videos like them still exist.

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A similar video from that channel had over 9 million views.

Both existed on YouTube on Monday, but had been removed as of Tuesday morning. Other videos like them still exist.

Videos that feature the Toy Freaks family acting like babies still existed on the platform on Monday. This screenshot is of footage that was uploaded by the “hand some” channel in October. By Tuesday, it had been removed.

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In an interview uploaded to YouTube in January 2015, Chism described himself as a single father of two girls, ages 4 and 6.

In another interview from that same year, Chism talked about the start of Toy Freaks.

“It was just family videos. I take videos with my kids and I post them up there, and just like home stuff, you know, playing in the living room, with toys and everything,” Chism said of the channel.

“I started seeing a pattern — these certain videos were getting more views than the others,” he said.

“So I focused on that, I analyzed each video, the description, the titles, the tags, everything involved in making that video and just what made these a success, and I tried to repeat it, and I’ve had some good luck with that,” Chism added.

In the interview he said that one of his videos had gone viral: “It’s kind of making me some money,” Chism said.

Children acting like babies is a whole genre on YouTube.

FFS, I watched ONE of those awful ‘bad baby’ videos and now this is my homepage on @YouTube WTF

Take this still available video below, from the Toys AndMe channel. It has been viewed 77 million times.

Toys AndMe / Via youtube.com

Or this one from the Sis vs Bro channel titled “BAD BABY RONALD GROWS BIG!!!!!”

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Particular attention has been directed at YouTube recently, following news reports and blogs that addressed the platform’s disturbing children’s content.

finding out that one of the most popular channels on YouTube (and especially on YouTube Kids) is a child abuse fetish channel has made me feel completely ill all day. I hope the Toy Freaks kids can be rescued from their dad soon.

In a viral Medium post called “Something Is Wrong on the Internet” from earlier this month, writer James Bridle unpacked the strangeness and vastness of kids entertainment on YouTube.

He mentioned ToyFreaks specifically as a channel that makes disturbing content aimed toward kids.

“As well as nursery rhymes and learning colors, Toy Freaks specializes in gross-out situations, as well as activities which many, many viewers feel border on abuse and exploitation, if not cross the line entirely, including videos of the children vomiting and in pain,” he wrote.

Parents, worried about troubling videos on YouTube’s Kids app, also spoke to the New York Times.

They reported that some clips, like disturbing and violent renditions of animated characters, were making their way past filters.

However, Malik Ducard, YouTube’s global head of family and learning content, told the newspaper the inappropriate videos were a “needle in a haystack.” He encouraged parents to flag YouTube kids videos they found inappropriate.

“Making the app family friendly is of the utmost importance to us,” he said.

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