In light of recent events surrounding the YouTube community, and having already removed one of our guests of this year’s event from the lineup, we wanted to address growing concerns surrounding the community and what it means for some of the large YouTube events happening this summer, including ours.
While we want to provide a safe space for you to meet and interact with the people you look up to, SitC’s core message has always been about celebrating the community as a whole, and we try not to add to the increasing power balance between creator and viewer. In light of recent developments, we cannot stress this enough to you, in planning for this year: the people you look up to are just people, and in some cases, unfortunately, their intentions are not the purest.
Please remember that for us, and as should be for any other large-scale YouTube event, your safety is our top priority. As such we have a zero-tolerance policy on including and inviting people to the event who have a history or reputation of using their status to take advantage of people, or behaving in a way that suggests they potentially could. However, understand that we can only do this on a basis of evidence.
If you have been affected by the events of the past week in any way, or have any concerns about attending YouTube events, or the community, we would encourage you to reach out to us at email@example.com. You will be heard, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure your concerns, and the community, are put at ease over the coming months.
All the best,
the SitC Team