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YouTube prank backfires, leaves Filipino employee in tears

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

YouTuber Lauren Love (left) telling Walmart employee, Maria Leones (right) that she’s fired, in a prank that did not go too well

“You’re fired,” YouTuber Lauren Love told Maria Leones, a Filipino employee. “Because I don’t appreciate you walking around here. You’re supposed to be at the cashier, cashing people out.”

“I have been here for six years…” Maria replied, almost in tears. “I’ve been doing my job very well and I’ve been regarded as employee of the month.”

Maria Leones has been working at Walmart for six years.

She moved to the United States from the Philippines to be closer to her children. She works at a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift as a cashier at Walmart in order to pay for the medical expenses of her husband. Her 43-year-old husband recently had a quadruple bypass due to a heart attack.

Lauren Love is a YouTuber with over a hundred thousand subscribers in her solo channel. Her other channel has over a million subscribers.

For one of her contents in her solo channel, Lauren pretended to be a Walmart high-ranking corporate manager who would be firing random employees.

Maria was one of them.

According to a TV report, Maria felt humiliated and powerless during the prank. Upon hearing that she was fired, all that she could think of was her husband.

“At that moment, I thought about my husband,” Maria said during the TV interview. “Back home I had a very good reputation because I’m a professor.”

Upon seeing Maria in tears, Lauren immediately apologized. She told Maria that it was all a prank and she was not really fired.

Meanwhile, Walmart released a statement banning Lauren from all of their stores and called on YouTube to take down the said prank video.

“Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support,” their statement reads.

Lauren posted another video apologizing for the incident. The prank video was also removed from YouTube.

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Businessman files cyber libel complaint vs. alias Bikoy, Facebook PH, YouTube

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

Courtesy: Misibis Bay Resort Facebook page

Owner of Misibis Bay Resort, Zaldy Co, has filed cyber libel charges against self-confessed “Bikoy” Peter Joemel Advincula, Facebook PH, and YouTube.

“Like ‘Bikoy’, Facebook and YouTube must be held accountable. Our legal system shouldn’t allow them to be part of a systematic campaign to destroy people and simply get away with it,” Co said in a statement.

Based on the filed complaint, Co is asking for P1 billion in damages against the said respondents, including Rodel Jayme, for linking his resort in the ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ videos.

“The truth is finally out. By his own admission, ‘Bikoy’ said everything in the viral video series that implicates me, Misibis Bay Resort and other personalities in the illegal drug trade are pure fabrication,” Co added.

Co recalled that his camp had already asked Facebook and YouTube to take down the videos but his request was allegedly ignored.

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7-year-old Ryan of ‘Ryan ToysReview’ is Forbes’ highest-paid YouTube star

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018


Seven-year-old YouTube star Ryan and his toys | Photo courtesy to Ryan ToysReview via Forbes

MANILA, Philippines — American business magazine, Forbes, on Monday (December 3) released its list of Youtube Top Earners for 2018 and guess who ranked first?

Forbes on its website named 7-year-old Ryan as the highest-paid YouTube star of 2018 by just playing with toys. Yes, that’s right!

Since it’s launch in 2015, Ryan’s YouTube channel “Ryan ToysReview” has been earning millions of dollars.

From 2016 to 2017, Ryan ranked 8th among the highest-paid YouTube entrepreneurs after earning a total of $11 million in revenue.

In 2018, Forbe’s listed him as the top earner with a whopping $22 million in revenue in the last 12 months up to June 2018.

His popularity, Forbe’s noted, enabled him to establish his own toy line under the brand ‘Ryan’s World’ which sells exclusively at Walmart across the United States.

Most of Ryan’s videos follow an un-boxing pattern where Ryan is featured opening toys and giving his initial impression of it.

And what’s good about it? Most of the toys Ryan reviews goes to a local charity.

Forbes, known for its lists and rankings, said all earnings are pretax and fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Most of the money comes from advertising that goes with the videos.

Following Ryan in 2018’s list of highest-paid Youtube stars include:

Jake Paul ($21.5M)

Dude Perfect ($20M)

Daniel Middleton ($18.5M)

Jeffree Star ($18M)

Markiplier ($17.5M)

Evan Fong ($17M)

Jacksepticeye ($16M)

PewDiePie ($15.5M)

Logan Paul ($14.5M)

In a Tweet, Forbe’s said: “The world’s highest-paid YouTube star: Ryan ToysReview has generated 26B views and earned $22M in the last year thanks to his signature line of stuffed animals, collectibles and apparel now selling at Walmart.” – Marje Pelayo


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Wish 107.5 YouTube channel gets 2 million subscribers

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Wish 107.5 remains the no. 1 FM YouTube channel in the country after hitting 2 million subscribers on January 23.

MANILA, Philippines — Wish 107.5 remains the no. 1 FM YouTube channel in the country after hitting 2 million subscribers on January 23.

Wish YouTube channel is one of the favorite go-to sites for music lovers because of its quality Wishclusive videos.

At present, it also has over 800 million views.

“We’re very happy that we already reached another milestone for Wish hitting the 2 million mark in our YouTube channel. Of course, we’d like to thank all our subscribers for their continuous support and love for Wish 107.5,” said BMPI Vice President for Radio Bong Etorma.

It was in March last year when Wish received the Gold Play Button Award from YouTube after hitting one million subscribers.

In this new achievement, the station is preparing a special treat for their loyal subscribers.

“We’re going to celebrate this on February 3. We’re going to grant 2 million-peso worth of wishes our subscribers and late afternoon we’ll have the mini-concert of our invited guest artists who will perform,” he said.

In two months starting February, the FM station will fulfill wishes of wishers from different parts of the country.

Wishers can expect to continue receiving quality service from Wish 107.5.

“We will continue to give them quality and very good Wishclusives and we will try our best to invite all the artists being wished for by our subscribers,” said the vice president.

“And Wish will continue with our commitment to give them the coolest musical experience and grant the wishes of our subscribers,” said Etorma. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue


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