Schrödinger’s Vox is a thought experiment that illustrates an apparent paradox of social media access. In the thought experiment, a hypothetical Vox Day may be considered simultaneously both active with and banned from his YouTube account.
Vox Day/Theodore Beale was expelled by SFWA in 2013 and followers of his blog supplied the numbers that allowed his Rabid Puppies slates to dominate the Hugo Awards ballots of 2015 and 2016. He identifies himself as an original Gamergater. His blog appeals to the many causes of the alt-right, and to followers of “the God Emperor Trump.”
On January 25 Vox Day posted “Google Wants To Fight” [Internet Archive link] displaying a copy of a notice Google sent him saying his channel has been removed from YouTube.
Hi Vox Day,
We have reviewed your content and found severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines. Because of this, we have removed your channel from YouTube.
We know this is probably very upsetting news, but it’s our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all. If we think a channel severely violates our policies, we take it down to protect other users on the platform – but if you believe we’ve made the wrong call, you can appeal this decision. You’ll find more information about the policy in question and how to submit an appeal below.
What our policy says
Spam, scams or commercially deceptive content are not allowed on YouTube.
We have permanently removed your channel from YouTube. Going forward, you won’t be able to access, possess, or create any other YouTube channels. …
And yet his Darkstream YouTube channel and his videos are still available to view, as several mystified readers helpfully pointed out.
Today he posted that his appeal has been rejected — “Google doubles down” [Internet Archive link]
Thank you for your account suspension appeal. We have decided to keep your account suspended based on our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.…
And by now Vox is exasperated that people from the far corners of the world keep telling him they can see his content the same as before:
UPDATE: Please to stop with the retardery. I am completely aware that the channels are still up. That is not the point. It is the account access to them has been blocked by YouTube due to its false and defamatory accusation of “spam, scams or commercially deceptive content” having been previously broadcast. I am fairly confident that I know their grounds for the accusation, which is too monstrously stupid to even mention publicly because you would probably not believe it, but which you should be able to ascertain if you watch the most recent video.
So don’t you understand? He’s banned from accessing his account, not us.
But should we have to suffer, too? Remember what Rorschach said —
None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with *ME*!