A sinister and dark trend known as “trash streaming” has emerged where viewers pay to watch torture, humiliation and death live on YouTube. Video content creators broadcast their bizarre or dangerous videos live via smartphone or laptop.
This new trend “trash streaming” has become so much popular that not people watch these dangerous videos, they also send donations to vloggers. Viewers also requests for what the steamers should do next.
In recent months, a mother of three kids was allegedly raped on camera live and a pregnant lady has been killed.
This twisted trend has attracted those people who believe in making money instantly. These people are ready to push the boundaries to grab more attention and viewers.
The steamers are seen committing emotional or physical abuse on camera often. Sometimes, they are seen forcing other people to eat fish guts or maggots or doing grotesque acts.
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In some videos, participants assure they are willing volunteers, but in some videos they are seen begging their tormenters to stop and screaming for help.
Participants get together, abuse and torture each other on camera to gain viewers. They appeal their fans or viewers for money, tips or donations via third party money transfer platforms.
A Russian YouTuber Stas Reeflay, (real name Stanialav Reshetnikov) killed his girlfriend during live streaming. He locked her in balcony in freezing temperatures while streaming live video.
He was arrested after he was paid £750 by a viewer to inflict abuse on Valentina Grigoryeva, 28, from his home near Moscow during live streaming.
She was pregnant and the video showed him pushing her onto the balcony of his flat. He told viewers that she was having an intestinal issue and he forced her outside the room so she would not stink.
In another trash streaming, a woman’s head was slammed against a table repeatedly and a homeless guy was buried alive.
Twitch and YouTube, both platforms are used for trash streaming. These platforms block the users who show such content. If they are blocked from these platforms, these streamers use other platforms to upload their videos.
Russian legislators are trying to ban these streamers and curb the practice. Russia also forces live streamers to register as individual entrepreneurs and pay taxes on donations.
Those who are desperate for cash or need money they take part in trash-streaming.
Valentin Ganichev, a homeless guy, was seen forced to eat fish guts and maggots and buried alive. A vlogger tortured him in return for roof over his head and food.
He was subjected to vile stunts and seen screaming for help. Distressed viewers reported it and Ganichev reportedly said he was a willing volunteer in police investigation.
The pandemic made it worse and made people participate in it to make cash, gain popularity and get rid of boredom during lockdown.