A disturbing yet lucrative subculture, known as "trash-streaming," has become rampant in Russia. The sinister trend shows video content that the creators broadcast of dangerous and bizarre actions live via a webcam or smartphone.
"Trash-streaming" is much different than the average video in that it consists of depraved stunts that viewers pay the vlogger for. Viewers also send requests for what they want to see the creator of the video do next.
In recent months, the trend has become so extreme that videos have seen a pregnant woman killed and a mother of three allegedly raped live on camera.
The "trash-streamers" make money by appealing to their viewers for donations. Some even offer a price list for certain actions to be committed on camera.
Russian legislators are trying to curb the practice and hope to ban them and the streamers. New laws could soon be established to penalize streams that contain violence or threats with fines, community service, and jail terms ranging from three to six years or longer for murder.
YouTube has taken action to terminate accounts of these streamers and recently announced that "graphic content" like many of the "trash streams" is banned on its platform.