On the morning of March 15th, YouTube influencer Casey Neistat received a text from a co-worker: a stranger had shown up at 368, his co-working space for YouTube creators, and refused to leave. Cellphone footage captured from the incident shows vlogger Dan Mace and former Verge employee Sam Sheffer repeatedly asking the man to leave. “Ultimately, the police did have to come,” Neistat says in a vlog uploaded later. “We did file a proper police report here. The crime is criminal trespassing.”
Internet personalities have long had to balance being authentic with viewers and their own safety.
In February 2018 alone, an armed gunman targeted social media stars Meg Turney and Gavin Free, and a fan broke into YouTuber Logan Paul’s home. Twitch streamers have had fans show up at their homes or even swat them live on air for years. On his channel, Neistat (who appeared on The Vergecast previously) expressed his frustrations with fans who cross boundaries. “Look, I don’t know if this guy wanted to hurt me, if he wanted a selfie with me,” he says. “I have no idea what he wanted.
But when he was confronted by three people who clearly know me, he refused to leave. Showing up at my office — as public as I make the address — showing up here is just not appropriate.”
He encourages fans to say hi if they see him on the street, but there are limits to what’s appropriate. “This was kind of a scary situation, but just in general, please be respectful of my office space.”
While the location of Neistat’s office is not a secret, the space is in no way open to the public. It appears that the trespasser snuck in behind someone else entering the building. “We were able to find his social media handles and we have been contacted by people claiming to know him who say that he is an unstable individual,” Neistat tells The Verge via email.
He’s dealt with overzealous fans before, including some who’ve made trips to his home in search of selfies.
While there’s nothing new about the risks associated with the spotlight, he says, it’s the climate itself that’s changed. “Events like the attack and shooting at YouTube a little over a month ago and the home invasion of Gavin Free and Meg Turney,” he says. “This against the backdrop of Parkland, Las Vegas’ Harvest Festival and the countless other atrocities involving disturbed individuals that have happened in recent years makes brushing off minor interactions like Tuesday a little harder.”
The Verge confirmed details of the trespassing with the NYPD. Neistat says he will not be pressing charges, and this trespassing incident has not changed how he views boundaries and safety regarding fans and his internet presence. “The NYPD was called as a precaution and to have record of what transpired should there be future incidents,” he says, “not to have him arrested. There was never an intention to have him arrested.”
Neistat hopes to eventually build out a storefront that will be open to the public in some way, with a security presence. “There is so much positivity that has come with my YouTube channel and its broad reach,” he says. “The ups vastly outweigh the downs.
When sharing the way I share with the audience that YouTube enables the work will always reach some bad actors.
Me being thoughtful and considerate about safety and privacy is a concern that comes with the territory.”
Apple’s Everyone Can Code is expanding to schools that support students who are blind and deaf this fall
Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative, which introduces young students to coding through the Swift Playgrounds iPad app, is coming to several schools across the US that support students with vision, hearing, and other assistive needs, the company announced today. Eight schools will be participating in the initial accessibility push, including schools for the deaf and blind in California, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and New York.
“Apple collaborated with engineers, educators, and programmers from various accessibility communities to make Everyone Can Code as accessible as possible and will work in close coordination with schools to augment the curricula as needed,” Apple said in its press release. “This will include providing additional tools and resources such as tactile maps to enhance the understanding of coding environments for non-visual learners.” Apple’s VoiceOver screen-reading technology will also play a significant part in making Everyone Can Code more accessible.
Today’s announcement coincides with Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Apple is holding events at several of its corporate locations (Cupertino, Austin, Cork, London) today and says that its retail stores will host accessibility-related events through the remainder of the month. “We created Everyone Can Code because we believe all students deserve an opportunity to learn the language of technology,” said CEO Tim Cook. “We hope to bring Everyone Can Code to even more schools around the world serving students with disabilities.” Swift Playgrounds has been praised as a fun, intuitive way to get kids coding, but The Verge’s Paul Miller recently explored whether it’s enough to prepare them for making actual software.
Here’s the full list of schools that will offer the accessibility-focused Everyone Can Code this fall:
In late March, Apple announced a new, entry-level iPad with support for Apple Pencil and additional updates for its education software.
The company is also working with Chicago schools to build what it calls the “Center of Excellence,” a hub for training teachers on its Everyone Can Code curriculum.
Team 10, the social media incubator of Jake Paul, is in turmoil. Founded as an “influencer squad” for the prominent YouTube star, it’s included both longtime friends like Chance Sutton and his current girlfriend, Erika Costell. Team 10 members collaborate and even all live together with Paul. “I formed it because I wanted to start a crew,” Paul told Forbes in 2017. “If you look at the biggest people on social media right now, it’s the Kardashians.
My goal is to form a crew that’s bigger than them collectively.”
Over the last few weeks, however, Team 10 has been losing some of its biggest members as part of what appears to be a larger transition. Chief operations officer Nick Crompton announced his departure on May 4th. Sutton posted that he would leave Team 10 on May 7th; head of engineering Drake Rehfeld announced his departure May 8th.
With Jake Paul’s Team 10 Tour taking place this summer, the departure of two of its biggest stars — Crompton and Sutton — doesn’t bode well for already struggling ticket sales. (There’s also been speculation about Kade Speiser’s continued involvement with the group, as his Twitter bio no longer includes mention of Team 10.)
Members of Team 10 have left before, including Jake Paul’s ex Alissa Violet and the Martinez Twins. Unlike these previous members, however, signs point to turbulence caused by someone other than Jake Paul — specifically the influence of his father, Greg, who Paul brought on to help guide the business. On May 7th, YouTuber and DramaAlert creator Keemstar posted a video claiming to have spoken with an inside source. “Jake Paul’s father, known as Greg Paul, has completely taken over Jake Paul and Logan Paul’s businesses and he’s planning to do a merger with the two,” Keemstar says. “And Greg Paul is obsessed with saving money.” He goes on to say that Greg Paul audited both Jake and Logan’s companies for a month before deciding to fire several staffers, and that Nick Crompton quit as a result.
If anyone has an issue with an internal business audit , there is usually a reason why and no matter what an opinion might state, the fact is that 2+2 = 4.Hope y’all have great day! I’m loving this Ohio sunshine!!
— Greg Paul (@gregpaul63) May 10, 2018
Keemstar also cites issues with Greg Paul’s behavior. “He’s calling people ‘whores’ and ‘cunts’ and, you know, derogatory terms at work,” he says. In Crompton’s statement about his departure, he says that he resigned “due to internal changes being made within our various businesses that I don’t agree with.” On Twitter, he responded to a tweet from Greg Paul about business audits. “People had issue with being verbally abused, watching their coworkers be fired around them and not being kept in the loop,” Crompton said. “Business 101, communication.
Every time you publicly post to try and make myself or the team look bad, I will respond.”
(In the wake of Crompton’s departure, Team 10 released its own lengthy statement on the importance of loyalty. “While it is always painful to say goodbye to individuals that have been part of our family, the reality is that Team 10 departures are always the result of a larger team decision and a deliberate plan to return balance and loyalty to our family.”)
In a response posted to his channel, Jake Paul says he sees the departures as positive. “When people leave Team 10, everyone gets super upset about it,” Paul says. “They think it’s all the sudden this automatic rivalry. They think it’s an automatic clashing thing. They look at it as a failure.
And to me, I just look at it as everyone’s changing … We’re all so young on Team 10. We’re all so new to this whole entire thing, so there’s a lot of change that happens.”
Paul says he’s focused on continuing to grow and plan bigger business ventures. “As Team 10 grows, as individuals grow, as I grow, sometimes all of those stars don’t align for some people,” he says. “…
Some of the people didn’t necessarily agree with where I wanted to go or where my vision was.”
As business expands, Paul says he’s bringing on older advisors to help guide his career, including his father.
He says he was advised to hire someone who “wholeheartedly wanted nothing else but to protect me, who didn’t care about my money, who I could 100 percent trust no matter what.” That role went to his father. “Not to run my businesses and be in charge,” Paul says, “but to simply look over the shoulders of other people who were in my businesses who I’m entrusting to run my business, because I knew my dad would have my best interest at heart.”