A single dad with a massive online following has officially been kicked off of YouTube after other parents began complaining about his disturbing videos.
As BuzzFeed News reports, YouTube finally decided to pull the plug on Greg Chism's Toy Freaks channel after receiving a number of complaints against the single dad.
Many parents say Chism’s videos, which had over 8 million subscribers, often displayed what can only be described as downright child abuse.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a YouTube spokesperson elaborated on the company’s decision to terminate Chism’s controversial account.
"We take child safety extremely seriously and have clear policies against child endangerment," the spokesperson said.
"We recently tightened the enforcement of these policies to tackle content featuring minors where we receive signals that cause concern," the statement continued. "It’s not always clear that the uploader of the content intends to break our rules, but we may still remove their videos to help protect viewers, uploaders and children. We’ve terminated the Toy Freaks channel for violation of our policies. We will be conducting a broader review of associated content in conjunction with expert Trusted Flaggers.”
Although the channel has since been deleted, the videos often involved Chism playing pranks on his daughters, sometimes outright scaring them.
In one particular video, Chism reportedly walked into the bathroom to find his daughters, Annabelle and Victoria, standing in the bathtub in swimsuits.
He then asked if they wanted to see a surprise, at which point they anxiously respond, “No.”
Although they continued begging him to stop, Chism suddenly threw a frog into the bathtub, which clearly terrified his daughters.
In yet another video, Chism did the same thing in the tub with his daughters after revealing to his viewers: “When the girls are playing in the tub, they know I’m probably bringing something in there. But it's not a snake or frog this time."
“Get it away! Get it away!” the girls began screaming as their dad dumped yet another creature into the bathtub.
According to BuzzFeed News, many of Chism’s videos featured Chism and his daughters dressing up as babies and engaging in infant-like behavior, like wetting themselves and eating baby food.
In many of the videos, the girls were reportedly force-fed baby food and asked to spit up.
Chism has since released his own statement on the situation, insisting that his videos have been blown out of proportion.
"Victoria, Annabelle and I want to thank our supporters as my girls have had the opportunity to develop their creativity and self-confidence over the past few years," he said. "Their future is bright. While it is disturbing to me that anyone would find inappropriate pleasure in our video skits, I deeply appreciate YouTube’s concerns for my family and I could not be happier with having had this remarkable experience,” he said in the statement.
In 2015, Chism opened up about his Toy Freaks channel and its sudden popularity.
"It was just family videos. I take videos with my kids and I post them up there, and just like home stuff, you know, playing in the living room, with toys and everything," Chism said of the channel.
"I started seeing a pattern — these certain videos were getting more views than the others," he added.
"So I focused on that, I analyzed each video, the description, the titles, the tags, everything involved in making that video and just what made these a success, and I tried to repeat it, and I've had some good luck with that," Chism continued. "It's kind of making me some money.”