The internet has opened the floodgates on new ways to make money. Beyond being able to work from home nowadays, you can also find all kinds of online jobs that didn’t exist not long ago. (PssT! Click here to learn the 20 best ways to make money online.)
Freelancing, call center rep, online reseller, data entry, are just a few of the legitimate jobs that you can find online. Most of them are quite respectable and you can earn a decent wage doing them.
Then you have “jobs” on the other end of the spectrum. Ones that would not make your mother proud. You’re not going to believe how some sick individuals are getting rich on YouTube.
This is not OK!
Have you heard of a YouTube feature dubbed Super Chat? It’s a way for fans and YouTube content creators to interact during live streams. Fans can purchase Super Chats to highlight their messages within the live chat stream.
Well, what’s happening now is, some live streamers are taking the chats to the streets. They are causing all kinds of havoc, all in the name of getting paid.
How it works is, YouTubers incorporate a text to speech program on their gadget. This allows fans to pay a predetermined fee to have their messages “read” allowed by the YouTuber’s gadget.
A recent example of this went totally wrong. Jammal Harraz, who goes by Arab Andy on YouTube, pulled this stunt at the University of Washington campus.
Harraz walked into the university’s sociology department while live streaming on YouTube with a selfie stick. He had the Super Chat feature on when one of his fans paid $4.20 to have their message broadcast over Harraz’s phone.
The message coming from a digital voice said, “C-4 has been successfully activated. Bomb detonation countdown has successfully started.” Then you hear a beeping noise, which sounds like a countdown.
Everyone in the room, including faculty and students, run for their lives. Someone had the presence of mind to sound the alarm on their way out of the building.
The situation breaks down into total chaos. Harraz eventually gets arrested by police, which is also captured on his live stream.
(Note: This entire 37 minute video is still on YouTube but we’re not linking to it here because it contains graphic language and we don’t want to promote it.)
Even though Harraz didn’t have an actual bomb, he’s been charged with making a bomb threat. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Harraz is not the only person doing these types of sick live streams on YouTube. Others have also been making money with the same premise of having fans pay to have their chats broadcast to the crowd. Bomb threats, racist comments, and sexual harassment comments are typical of these broadcasts.
Making matters worse is the fact that the more people watch the videos, the more money the live streamer will make. That’s because YouTube pays content makers for the number of views they get on their videos.
When will it end? How far will these people go to make a few bucks? Only time will tell.