The Internet Lost Its Mind Trying To “Save” A Teenage YouTube Star

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Marina Joyce is a 19-year-old YouTube star from north London who was well-known online for her fashion vlogs. In the past day, the hashtag #SaveMarinaJoyce has been trending all over the world, as social media users have come to the conclusion that she is facing some kind of danger.

The panic appears to have been largely sparked by a video she posted on 22 July, entitled “Date Outfit Ideas”.

A number of viewers raised concerns about the video, many of which were expressed in this blog. Among other fears, they said that they could faintly hear her saying “help me” 13 seconds in, that there were bruises on her arms, that she was reading from a script, and that she could be seen looking with fear at someone behind the camera. The author of the blog alleged that she may have been kidnapped in order to make YouTube videos.

The next day, #SaveMarinaJoyce began to trend around the world. The hashtag contained numerous assertions about her mental health, her domestic situation, and many more outlandish assertions.

The overwhelming majority of these assertions implied she had been kidnapped.

The overwhelming majority of these assertions implied she had been kidnapped.

okay look up Marina Joyce on YouTube and tell me that she’s not being held hostage or something scary like ……

— Audrey (@Audrey7Warner)

One theory was that she had been kidnapped for months and that the videos people were now watching had been pre-recorded.

One theory was that she had been kidnapped for months and that the videos people were now watching had been pre-recorded.

Some fans said Joyce’s behaviour had changed in recent months, citing the fact that she seemed to repeat herself and would “just start crying out of nowhere and then immediately go back to normal,” among other things.

This is for those who don’t know what’s going on with #savemarinajoyce. Hopefully this explains a bit.

— zaynah. (@lastskiss)

More than a month ago, a commenter on her Facebook page said Joyce had changed and asked, “are you ok Marina?”

More than a month ago, a commenter on her Facebook page said Joyce had changed and asked, "are you ok Marina?"

As the hashtag spread, people began analysing her videos and photos for signs of who might be controlling her.

There a guy in her eye looking at her #marinajoyce

— Jay • (@ditryoldfart)

They combed through old videos and social media posts looking for clues that Joyce was crying out for help.

They combed through old videos and social media posts looking for clues that Joyce was crying out for help.

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As the conspiracy theories began to mount, Joyce tweeted in a bid to dispel the rumours.

this is very sweet guys but im okay seriously <3 i love you all so much #savemarinajoyce

— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7)

But people were made even more concerned by a tweet asking her fans to meet her at Bethnal Green, an area of East London, at 6.30 in the morning.

Meet me Bethnal Green at 6:30am if you would like to join partying with me at that event ^-^ bring a friend so you dont get lost

— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7)

Some social media users alleged it might be a trap, such as the one apparently laid by Ali Sonboly, the terrorist who shot dead nine people outside a McDonald’s in Munich earlier this month. In fact, it appears she was tweeting about a dance event due to take place on 3 August.

Joyce then attempted to talk to fans on a livestream, in which she denied being on drugs, said that a gun seen in one of her videos was a BB gun, and told her fans “I love you”. However, the fact that she didn’t address the question of why she appeared bruised in a video prompted more suspicion.

Many social media users began to suggest that her movements provided further evidence that she was in danger.

They hinted that she was suffering domestic abuse, and that she was being “watched”.

There is no evidence that she has been kidnapped or is being coerced. The Metropolitan Police visited her on Wednesday and performed a welfare check.

Officers have visited YouTube user Marina Joyce. She is safe and well. #ETeam #savemarinajoyce

— Enfield MPS (@MPSEnfield)

A woman who appeared with Joyce in her “Date Outfit Ideas” video also posted on Facebook to say the YouTuber is fine.

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The other woman from the video tried to reassure people, and said she is “not going to tell the world about [Joyce’s] private life.”

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Another friend and fellow YouTuber said Joyce was not in any danger and was just dealing with some “very personal things”.

You guys need to understand that there are very personal things that some people don’t want everyone to know about.

— Mike Jerry (@xitsmike)

Guys @MarinaJoyce7 is alright, please stop all this and let her help herself. #savemarinajoyce

— dhfgjhkj➰ (@KimTheNugget_)

Another YouTuber posted a screenshot of a Facebook exchange, apparently with Joyce’s mother, in which she said that her daughter had “issues”, and is a “bit vulnerable” but that the situation was “under control”.

to further clear up #savemarinajoyce i messaged her mum

— K Λ R I M (@KarimAbridged)

In an interview with Mail Online, she repeated her daughter’s claim that it was a BB gun, denied that there was an abusive relationship, and said: “‘It was me speaking in the video. I was filming for her and I whispered ‘stand LIKE me’ not ‘help me’”.

She went on: “It’s not a publicity stunt, not at all, and I don’t think it looks like one.”

UPDATE

Joyce herself has now given an interview to The Sun, in which she has said that she thought the concern expressed over her was “kind”: “People really care about me and it went crazy and blew up,” she said.

“I care about my YouTube channel and after this I have got lots more viewers which is really good.

“But I am really OK. There are no ISIS terrorists here.”

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