Edfluence or That Time Jake Paul Scammed His Underage Followers

Jake Paul is a conman who has exploited children and sold clip art as his own work. Oh, he also scammed a whole bunch of people.

Posted in: EntertainmentOp-ed
Published:
January 27, 2020 6:59 AM UTC
  • Jake Paul has been known as a controversial figure since his rocket to fame after the closure of Vine.
  • He has been accused of exploiting children and making inappropriate content in the past.
  • One of his lesser-known incidences involves a straight-up scamming of his impressional audience.

Jake Paul is something of a controversial figure. He has managed to accrue millions of subscribers. Yet he is universally despised by much of community.

If he’s not being exposed for exploiting kids, he’s setting his pool on fire. But, there is one instance that is much worse than others. Weirdly, not many people seem to have noticed it either.

That is until YouTuber Drew Gooden went and shined a spotlight on it.

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This was the time that Jake Paul set a massive fire in his home. As well as being dangerous it caused his neighbors a lot of (justified) concern. | Source: YouTube

Jake Paul Scammed a Lot of People

Back in late 2017, Jake Paul had an idea. He decided that he was going to educate the next generation of social media influencers. All for the low-low price of $7. That is, it’s only $7 to gain access to the page which asks you to pay another $57 dollars.

What I am describing here is Edfluence. It was a service run by Jake Paul which basically amounts to a series of videos teaching people how to ‘make it’ as influencers.

Jake Paul trying to teach anyone anything is a bit dubious in the first place. Making it seem like the course costs $7 instead of $64 is just the icing on the cake. But, it only gets worse the further you look into it.

This brilliant breakdown of one of Jake Paul’s videos by YouTuber Nerd City shows just how much time he spends selling different products to his underage audience. | Source: YouTube

If You Paid for Edfluence You Were Ripped Off

If you search YouTube for ‘Edfluence’, you’ll find a lot of people’s videos. Lots of those who bought the service were really trying to make a social media career.

Around a year after he started the course, the website was closed down. Meaning that if you paid your $64 to get access, you’ve essentially now paid for nothing. The website now just leads to a dead page.

During the run-up to closing down, the Edfluence Twitter account repeatedly tweeted about massive sales prices. Basically, it seems like Jake Paul was trying to squeeze as much money out of his young fanbase as he possibly could before running off with the money.

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Jake Paul is Trash (In My Opinion)

Jake Paul really is a terrible person. He feigns ignorance in massively important subjects. When confronted about his exploitation of children he basically told concerned people to go away.

Yet when he has to talk about the business of influencing children, he is nothing but professional. It has been pointed out that his YouTube content would pretty much be illegal to broadcast in most countries around the world. I think it should be illegal on YouTube as well.

Let’s face it, it’s basically Jake Paul’s fault that the whole COPPA thing is happening. His brazen exploitation of children has led to the overregulation of what was once a place of abject creative freedom. Yet, no one seems to be holding the little twerp accountable for it.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.

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This article was edited by Samburaj Das.

William Worrall @mizushinzui

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at: william.worrall@ccn.com

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