YouTube Deletes "Pick-Up Artist" Accounts Ahead of BBC Shaming

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC is about to screen two documentaries investigating grim YouTube "pick-up" channels, so isn't it an enormous coincidence that YouTube has just deleted two of the most notorious purveyors of this entirely wrong sort of advice?

The two accounts – Addy A-Game and Street Attraction – have been binned for violating terms and conditions, although presumably they were violating terms and conditions well before BBC Scotland's Disclosure and the full-strand BBC Panorama both decided to screen their investigations into the online world of chat up technique sharing on TV tonight.

The situation is even worse than it sounds, as the Addy A-Game channel is/was operated by Adnan Ahmed, who has been found guilty of five counts of harassing women for the benefit of the education of his subscribers and is currently in jail awaiting sentencing. And that's how far things have to escalate in order to get one of today's tech platforms to do the right thing. [BBC]