Doxing and Harassment – How Vtubers and More Suffer Online

A little over a month ago, the vtuber Mano Aloe quit her job after only a couple of weeks since her debut on YouTube.  While the timing seems surprisingly quick, the reason behind it was unfortunately not quite a surprise.  After weeks of harassment directed towards her and her family, not only online, but at her own home as well, Aloe terminated her contract with the company Hololive and left before she ever really was able to start.

Doxing, the act of intentionally searching for and exposing a person’s personal info, and harassment aren’t new to the Internet.  Historically, whether it was AOL creepers in the 90s, swatters of the mid 2010s, or stalkers now, people online have been subject to terrible and dangerous situations.  We usually think of these as outlier incidents.  However, every community has their stories.  One of the storyboard artists on Steven Universe was harassed into attempting suicide over hate from fans of the show.  Famous YouTuber Philip Defranco had an extreme fan bypass security and walk onto set during a recording of his show.  We as fans of various media and people get excited by the things we love but this can always go too far.  Vtubers are, unfortunately, the new crew that are dealing with this, in their own unique way, and they need help in a way that we can supply.

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