VidCon Debrief

With the benefit of a couple days, here are two things we wanted to talk about

Creators Getting Kicked Out

One of the hardest parts of running VidCon is not being able to feature every creator who deserves it. Sometimes there are creators with large and dedicated communities that we can’t feature. Here are some reasons why that happens:

  1. They told us that they couldn’t come after we asked them to, but then their plans changed and they arrived without telling us.
  2. We just ran out of space and were not able to feature them despite really wanting to.
  3. They have been previously told not to attend after intentionally endangering our attendees or being violent with our staff.

Here’s how our current procedure works

When a creator starts getting mobbed at VidCon, we do our best to give them an opportunity to meet their fans by doing some on-the-spot crowd control. If the mob is getting too big, we ask the creator to come with security to a back-of-house area where we discuss whether we can set something up, or whether it’s best for them to leave (or just hang out with folks back stage).

Things we’re doing to make this better:

  1. We want to talk with creators to see why they weren’t able to (or didn’t want to) get involved with VidCon directly.
  2. We want to have a better system for quickly getting surprise creators to a place where they can safely meet and hang out with their fans.
  3. Creators who have repeatedly and intentionally caused mobs, or been violent with our security staff will be notified that they have been banned from the event and will be trespassing if they show up.

Who’s Harassing Whom?

VidCon has a tagline, it’s “For people who love online video.” But, of course, in addition to celebrating, this event has also always been about confronting difficult issues our community faces. It is openly known that women on the internet are subject to far greater amounts (and intensity) of harassment and abuse than men. This is a pattern and it’s pervasive. Running this event, we have to be aware when a creator has potentially dangerous harassers or stalkers, and our list for our female creators is a whole lot longer than the list for male creators.

  1. He apologized to her for not having been more aware of and active in understanding the situation before the event, which resulted in her being subjected to a hostile environment that she had not signed up for.

VidCon is a gathering of online video creators, communities, and industry. Anaheim — Amsterdam — Melbourne