Toy Freaks was a controversial YouTube channel run by Gregory Chism, a single father of two living in Granite City, Illinois. The channel was known for its videos featuring Chism and his two daughters in a variety of disturbing situations. It was created in 2012 and terminated by YouTube in November 2017. The channel has been described as one of the first channels brought to light with the Elsagate phenomenon.
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Controversy and terminationEdit
In November 2017, the Toy Freaks channel was highlighted by James Bridle in a Medium article, in which he wrote that the channel "...specialises in gross-out situations, as well as activities which many, many viewers feel border on abuse and exploitation, if not cross the line entirely, including videos of the children vomiting and in pain." When the channel was terminated by YouTube later that month, it had over 8 million subscribers, and was one of the 100 most-viewed channels on YouTube. YouTube removed the channel for violating its child endangerment policy, which they had recently revised in response to media coverage of supposedly child-friendly videos containing disturbing content on YouTube.
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One of the most high-profile examples of a YouTuber getting banned occurred last November, when the account "Toy Freaks" was taken down for what the company vaguely characterized as a "violation of our policies." The account's videos centered on a single father, Gregory Chism, and his two daughters — both under 10 years old — in creepy and often disturbing scenarios. The videos included scenes in which one or both girls ate baby food, pretended to be infants, spit up something they ate or were left in pain.
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