Twitter suspended YouTubers Brittany Venti and The Quartering on Friday after both posted screenshots of a publicly posted hip-hop music video from YouTube. The suspensions came after a mass flagging campaign from fans of Eliza Bleu, a woman famous for running a podcast against human trafficking.
Venti posted questioning Bleu’s authenticity in speaking out against human trafficking and the sexualization of women because the video features Bleu posing salaciously. Along with posting the screenshot of the video, Venti said, “If she’s addressed it before let me know but I’m just curious because I came across videos like this maybe she was trafficked via being coerced? Idk”
Venti also tweeted, “I saw this tweet just now but I think it starts to blur the line about what is trafficking vs what was voluntary. I think it’s fair to ask questions when things like this distract from the anti-trafficking messaging when it’s not clarified.”
Twitter locked Venti out of her account for the tweet, claiming she violated Twitter rules for “violating our rules against posting or sharing privately produced/distributed intimate media of someone without their express consent.”
At least one of the tweets was reported by an account named Amanda Jean, who said, “Also, I’m reporting this for nonconsensual image. You didn’t have to post that screen shot, you salty hoe.”
Eliza Bleu had previously been doing good work exposing human trafficking and child grooming, which was highlighted by the Daily Wire in 2022, bringing Bleu’s podcast to new public prominence.
What happened between her and Venti to cause beef between the two isn’t clear, but in this instance, it appears that Bleu is in the wrong in advocating for deplatforming based on public appearances.