Is Twitter “Philanthropy” A Scam? (deep dive into free money giveaways)

Is Twitter “Philanthropy” A Scam? (deep dive into free money giveaways)


– Hello, my dudes. My name is Tiffany. Welcome back to my
series, Internet Analysis, where I like to research
and discuss things relevant to social issues and media. Today we are covering
Twitter philanthropy, AKA giving away money on Twitter. First of all though, I want
to say thank you, guys, so much for 400,000 subscribers. – Also, I wanna remind
you it is finals season. I am ending my junior year of university. But I’m busy, and I’ll probably
have some late uploads. But I’m here now; that’s all that matters. Also late happy Thanksgiving,
happy holidays, you know. This time of year is just all about giving and buying and money. And those are all very
relevant to today’s topic. Let’s jump in. The other day I came across a tweet. “I’m going to give away
$30,000 to one random person “who retweets this tweet and
follows Twitter Philanthropist “@Pulte and me. “If you don’t follow us, “we can’t DM you the money. “Will show proof.” “Partnering with him
just makes sense because “he also likes helping people.” And I was shook, because a few people that I follow on twitter retweeted this, hence why it came across my timeline. And I was just like, really guys? But I get that this was literally free. It cost nothing to enter. It takes a minute of your time. But it’s just not worth it for me. This very tweet caused me
to spiral into an obsessive research hole, as every
internet analysis video does. I had so many questions. Where does this money come from? Is anyone actually gonna
receive this money? Is it legit? Why? But really my first question was, aren’t give aways just
a way to buy followers? Nothing engages people
more than the opportunity to win something. As both MrBeast and Pulte said, “you must be following
so I can message you.” Ah, yes, this is not a
ploy to buy followers. It’s just practical. But I know, this is typical
of any social media giveaway. You must be a subscriber. You must be a follower. I get that if you’re a creator
and you wanna give back to your audience, it
makes sense that obviously you’d want someone who
is a subscriber to win. But of course, giveaways do
attract new followers as well. So in this situation,
I wanted to calculate the cost per new follower, you know? These guys are throwing down money. What are they gaining from it, exactly? If you saw my credit
card debt payoff video, you may have noticed that I fucked up a simple division problem. What can I say, other than
I haven’t had a math class in years, and yes, I have forgotten how to do basic calculations. What? So please trust me now to
probably get this wrong, possibly. Okay, so two guys giving away $30,000, I’m going to assume that
they’re each pitching in 15,000. How many followers did each of them gain? The tweet got over 700,000
retweets, but I know that those aren’t all new
followers for MrBeast. So I went to Social Blade to try to see how many followers each
of them gained on that day and the day after. This was a big time for Pulte. He gained probably 600,000 followers, and this made him pass a million. MrBeast gained about 300,000. But he had already had
about 4 million before. So what was the cost per follower? 15,000 divided by 600,000
is about two cents per follower for Pulte. 15,000 divided by 300,000
is about five cents per follower for MrBeast. So if your goal is
basically to buy followers, why not literally just buy followers? It would only cost a few
thousand dollars to buy half a million Twitter followers. Some people just want the
appearance, the illusion of a higher follower account. So they wouldn’t care
whether those accounts are real or fake as long as they look like they have followers. But real, engaged followers
are obviously worth much more than fake followers. So that is why giveaways
are a great way to attract new followers that are real people. Whether it’s on YouTube,
Instagram, Twitter, whatever platform, the value
of new followers is most likely greater than the value of
whatever is being given away. So giveaways can be a
clever way to make a creator look really generous when
really they are benefiting, too. But then again, entering
a giveaway costs nothing but a moment of your time. So I guess it’s a win-win? Anyway, we’re gonna get
much deeper into this, but clearly I am starting
off on a skeptical and pessimistic foot. And some people watching
this may be thinking, “how dare you question
Twitter philanthropy? “These people are doing charity. “They are giving away their
own hard-earned money. “You’re doing nothing, you broke idiot.” And to that I say, true. But the truth is I like
to be critical, okay? It is the basis of this entire series. I think it is rather boring to
look at something as simple, uncomplicated, 100% good or bad. I like nuance, baby. One person one twitter
once said that my videos are deep dives into shallow topics. And honestly, I live for that. So I am going to continue
to being hypercritical and picking little things
apart, for the fun. Okay, let’s start with MrBeast. I had only been familiar
with MrBeast by name because of hashtag TeamTrees. But I had never seen his videos. And honestly, (laughs) when
I looked at his channel for the first time, it overwhelmed me. I’m someone who is,
like, personally offended by extreme waste or unnecessary spending. So I was triggered. MrBeast’s whole channel
is built on gimmicks. Like, in the beginning he
went viral for doing videos like “Microwaving a Microwave
Microwaving a Toaster.” He also had a nearly
24-hour-long upload of him just counting to 100,000. He’s clearly willing to do
any ridiculous, wild thing to get attention. But hey, he does put in the time. So then once he started to
get like millions of views on every upload, he started
a new genre on his channel: giving away money to strangers. And I’m being 100% genuine when I say it is nice that he does this. It is nice that he gives
money away to people. I’m sure that some of those people who have received that money
have really, really needed it. So that’s nice. Again, it’s gimmicky, but okay. – I’m a YouTuber. I’m going around giving random people who need a thousand dollars, so. – However, in general
I am really not a fan of people making videos of
their charity, their good acts. – Most people get mad
and say this is a bad way to get views. Tell them that you’re okay with this. – Are you okay with it?
– Oh, yeah. – Hell yeah. – (laughs) That’s right, YouTube. – Best day of my life, right here. – Homeless people don’t care if I use them for views. (laughs) – It is so cringey to me, and it do think it is exploitative. I find it so uncomfortable that
they’re putting these people on camera as homeless man. The thing is, though, in his videos it does not seem like he’s
trying to make himself seem like a good person. He admits that he’s doing
it, at least partially, just for the views. But anyway, yeah, in the
last two years basically MrBeast has been following a pattern. He gives away a bunch of money. That video goes viral,
earning him more money. And then he gives away more money. What a winning formula. I mean, clearly it has
been very, very successful. In this video, for example,
he gave his mom $100,000. – So I wanted to give you a
check to help you pay for it. – No. – Yeah. (laughing) – This is good YouTube. Yes, we need a thumbnail. (man laughing) – No, I can’t, I can’t take it. I swear I cannot take it. – Well, you’re going to take it. But if I don’t give it to you,
I don’t have a viral video. – So you’re using me for views? – Yes, but you get money
too, so we’re both happy. – So you use me for views, and
I get to pay off my mortgage? – Mm hm, I think it works out pretty well. – Jimmy, aka MrBeast,
says that he just sees it as reinvesting the money
he earns on his channel back into his videos. Plus the sponsors do
cover part of the cost for these giveaways. – So thank you, Quid, for helping me. Obviously they didn’t
provide all $100,000. But thank you for what portion
of this you did provide. – Thank you. Everybody, please download Quid. – So there are a lot of
videos on this website that I would consider to
be money spending content. And I am fascinated by it. I have a lot to say about it. So I am going to talk more about MrBeast and other creators who are
throwing cash in a next video. So stay tuned. As always, that’s a
topic for another video. Anyway though, from what
I’ve seen, the people who do get money or win money from MrBeast do actually receive it. So at least it’s legit. For example, this was the
winner of that $30,000 tweet. – So, oh my goodness. I found out I won, and I basically went, what? – So let’s go back to Twitter now. MrBeast’s bio is “Human ATM.” Love that. He knows his brand. Most of his tweets are
just promoting his videos. Sometimes he’ll retweet
or share other giveaways. But now we’ve gotta focus on Bill Pulte, the self-proclaimed philanthropist and inventor of Twitter Philanthropy. On his Instagram, it’s “Philanthropist and “Inventor of Instagram Philanthropy,” though I am not convinced
that he is the first person to have ever given money away
on either of those platforms. Bill Pulte went kind of viral this summer. “Meet the 31-year-old
Twitter philanthropist “giving away money to strangers online.” For example, a woman who
had recently been released from prison, she was trying
to get back on her feet. She had been entering
these Twitter lotteries, and she ended up winning
$10,000 from Pulte. He summarizes his mission as basically using social media for good. So his tweets are all basically giveaways, teasing upcoming
giveaways, or talking about how good it feels to give away money. “If Donald Trump retweets
this, I will give $30,000 “to a veteran on Twitter.” That’s nice. But what if the president doesn’t play into your Twitter game? No $30,000 to a vet in need? Thankfully, Trump is always on
Twitter, and he did retweet. “Thank you, Bill.” And honestly, this is classic Pulte. He is so selfless. This is not himself or his image. Getting public acknowledgement
from the president on Twitter was just a benefit of this. And also a requirement for the charity. I just realized he’s actually
done this multiple times. He also asked Kim Kardashian,
Ben Shapiro, and AOC. According to these
tweets, a retweet from AOC is worth $20,000, and Ben
Shapiro is only worth 5,000. Let’s read more of his tweets. “I have a draft tweet in my Twitter “for a $50,000 give away.” Tweet it, then. I found it hilarious that this
tweet has 30,000 retweets. Like, why did anyone retweet that? This is not a giveaway. (laughs) Maybe people just retweet
as fast as they can anytime they see a dollar sign. He also shared this gem. “Star, my wife: what did you do today? “Star, me: raised money
for a boy with autism “and gave away money. “Star, my wife: that’s amazing.” My dude’s trying to get
into the Twitter format. He’s not getting it yet, but he’s trying. He’s also been sharing some dank memes. “Nobody. Me.” I think this is the only
time I haven’t enjoyed a SpongeBob reference. Anyway though, the basis of
Bill’s Twitter Philanthropy is giving away money to the
people who are most in need. And that’s why he does
entirely random giveaways based on retweets, gives
away essentials like Teslas and even the Tesla truck. Bill sometimes shares these
fundraisers with people who need money for medical
reasons, or they’re vets and they’re struggling,
any number of things, you know, legitimate needs. But then he’s doing his $25,000
random Twitter giveaways. And I’m just like, why
don’t you use that money and give it to the people
who you say need it the most? My theory is that the
random Twitter giveaways help build up the hype, you know, build up the follower count. And then the campaigns that
actually help people in need, specifically, are you know, good for attracting positive press. So I started to read the
responses to Pulte’s tweets. And it’s honestly really, really sad. It’s basically a lot
of desperate people who are begging for help on Twitter. And of course we don’t
know whether their stories are legitimate or not. But I am sure that a lot of
them are genuinely struggling and could use even a hundred dollars to help them get through
the day or the week. But I found it funny,
’cause like he’ll tweet some of his cheesy shit, and then people will reply
and say something like, “Happy Thanksgiving, Bill. “Thank you so much for
the work that you do.” And then they’ll end their response with their Cash App username. Can you imagine if every time you posted something online and
people interacted with you, they ended it with, money, please? Another interesting thing
I discovered is that many of these people are
basically professional, full-time Twitter giveaway enterers. Their entire timelines are giveaways. And I get that really
Twitter is pointless, so I guess, yeah, why not shoot your shot, try to win some random coin or
get somebody to Cash App you? But this is one of my big points, okay? And this is where I’m
gonna get really salty, really mad, okay? There are some people who
are really, really opposed to welfare or having big
government, you know? But those people are in favor of charity. And of course charity is good. But I would prefer that
we have a more generous social safety net so
that people don’t have to rely on random kindness of strangers and retweeting giveaways on Twitter in hopes that they will survive a hardship or an emergency or chronic poverty. Charity is good, but that shouldn’t be the only thing that we rely on. Clearly, charity is not enough to address all of these issues, because so many people are hurting, so many people need
help, and only one person is gonna win that $30,000
or that fucking Tesla truck, which is so useless. The truck, the money is great. These are the same type of people who say, “this is not a hand out.” They demonize handouts. “This is a hand up.” I just hate that. It grinds my gears. It makes me so angry when
people demonize welfare. They think that it’s so
disgraceful, embarrassing to apply for welfare or food stamps. Yet some of these very same
people are spending all day begging for money on Twitter. For the record, nobody should be ashamed for either of these things. If you need help, ask for it. But is begging for charity
on Twitter more efficient or effective than welfare
or free healthcare or better social security payments for people who are disabled or elderly? No, not at all. Another thing that gets me
heated is when we are fed these feel-good stories,
such as six year old boy with lemonade stand raises $10,000 for his dad’s cancer treatments. Wow, that is amazing. That is heartwarming. But actually, no, this is a tragedy. The fact that a child
has to try to raise money in hopes that he can cover his
dad’s life-saving treatment, that is a tragedy. That’s a symptom that our
system is not working. We shouldn’t have to rely on GoFundMe or the random generosity of
strangers to survive cancer. We need Medicare for all, y’all. Okay, (laughs) I’m done being heated for a moment, all right? There’s more later, but we’ll see. Anyway, back to Pulte. Where is all this money coming from? Who is this mysterious
guy giving away cash? First of all, Pulte comes
from a family that is worth, I don’t know how much his
family is worth exactly, but his grandfather was a billionaire. And the family business is
worth billions, as well. So that helps. But he’s not giving away his inheritance. This is money that he earned. He runs an investment
firm called Pulte Capital. Yes, he was born into a
family of billionaires. But he is self-made, okay? “Pulte Capital’s
acquisitions will be funded “in large part by money
from the Pulte family.” We love a humble success story. By the way, I just saw
“Knives Out” this weekend. Great movie, you should watch it. But that reminds me of that
because it’s like ha ha, I’m self-made, but I used a
loan from my very wealthy family to get started, so am I really self made? Good question. Am I salty that I didn’t get born into a family of billionaires? Maybe. Either way, he is a dude
with a lot of money. And he’s giving it away. Except it’s not just his money. He’s actually crowdfunding for donations. All over his Twitter, he encourages people to become part of hashtag Team Pulte. He collects donations
from people on his team, because he says that more people can do more good than just him. Okay, one example figure
said that he had given away over $100,000 of his own
money and over $200,000 of crowdfunded money. So I haven’t been able to
find any newer stats on this. But I kind of assume that
the ratio is similar. So again, a big part of
his mission is to make social media a better place
and encourage other people to donate and get involved
and be charitable, be a philanthropist. But if you’re gonna
encourage people to donate, why not just encourage people to donate directly to GoFundMes or directly to charities? I just don’t understand why you’d be like, “hey, everybody, let’s donate
to me and my organization, “and then I will decide
where this money goes.” Just like, what’s the point? Teamwork? Seems to me like people
give him the money, and he gets all the credit
and lots of good press. On that note, let’s
talk a little bit about corporate philanthropy. You know when you see a
massive corporation be like, “we donated a hundred million
dollars to this cause.” Of course, again, charity is cool. Thanks for that. But what about maybe taking
care of your employees all year round instead of
exploiting your workers with low wages and bad working conditions. What about, like, paying
them a living wage? You might not be able to
donate as much, but like, you’ll support the people
who support your company. I don’t know, I’m all about
labor rights, you know? Just a little quirk of mine. Again though, we wouldn’t
need so much random charity if we had more stable institutions,
if we had better wages, free healthcare, affordable housing, if we actually provided
veterans with the benefits that they have been promised. That’s what I’m in favor of. It’s funny because Pulte himself
had a tweet something like, he wants to make sure
every man, woman, and child has food and a place to sleep. And I was like, hell yeah! Let’s work on that safety net, then. I don’t think there are any
charities that can possibly provide that to every
man, woman, and child, but I think that on an
institutional, national level we might be able to work on that. Just saying. I’m smiling way to much in
this video, it’s creepy. Anyway, back to Team Pulte. Okay, Bill, you have convinced me. I wanna join the team. I wanna donate. Where do I sign up? It’s not very clear from his Twitter. There is no link in
bio, there’s no website. Sometimes his tweets point
to the sweepstakes rules that are at Pulte.org/r. But that website doesn’t have any other information other than that. What is this actual organization? How can I donate? How can I learn more? It’s actually kind of
hard to find the website. It’s called Team Pulte,
so I tried Team Pulte. And that’s not it. It’s actually at BillPulte.org. And the website is really
lacking information, you know? I would expect to maybe
see some stories of people that Team Pulte has helped. How much money has been raised? How much is given to each cause? That’s why I like how GoFundMe
campaigns are organized, because the page gives
you the whole story. It gives you the who,
what, where, when, why. You can see exactly how
much money has been raised, whether they’re below or
above the targeted amount. That’s good information to
know when you’re choosing what to donate to. So let’s walk through the
navigation of this website and see what we can learn. All it takes to join the team is follow Pulte on Twitter. Okay. Do you need to apply for a grant? You just fill out this
type form with your name and your email and why
you deserve the grant. Okay, seems like I just
signed up for a mailing list. Pulte also works with teachers. So if you wanna apply for the
teachers grant, same thing. Just fill out that form, hope
that they maybe contact you. Pulte’s veterans, of course,
we like to support the vets. Learn more links back to Pulte’s Twitter. This team is making major headlines. Read the news links to Bill
Pulte Google search. (laughs) I just, I’m like, okay, first of all, this web design is terrible. You’re not giving any information. People don’t wanna do their own research. You’re supposed to put it on the website, not just link to Google. But still, I’m trying to join the team. I’m trying to donate. How can I donate? Why is this so difficult? On Team Pulte slash BillPulte.org, there is no place to donate. However, on Bill’s Twitter
and on the Team Pulte Twitter, they often share campaigns from a group called Team Giving. So if you go to the Team Giving website, it says that it is inspired by Pulte but doesn’t directly say if
he is associated with it. And they share their whole
board of directors and all that. And Pulte’s not on it. So I found that interesting. But that website does very
clearly collect donations. And again, the Team Pulte
Twitter and Bill’s Twitter share those campaigns. So it seems like it’s
associated very directly. But again, who knows? It’s not clear. Bill, if you’re trying to
make this movement bigger than you, if you’re trying
to collect the maximum amount of donations to
fund these campaigns, make it easier. Fix your web design. Why is this is so confusing? So it appears that Team
Giving actually funds these campaigns using the
crowdfunded donations. But who is funding those
random Twitter giveaways? I would assume that
that is Bill, you know, coming from his own millionaire fortune. Self-made, baby. But this is where the
Cash App theory comes in. This is something very interesting that I have learned
about, I wasn’t aware of. So Cash App, I guess, is owned by Square, which is owned by
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey. Cash App has apparently
given money to celebrities like Lil B for them to give
away to their Twitter followers to get people to download the Cash App. So now my question is, because
Bill always uses Cash App to give money away, and
that’s kind of interesting. Like, I don’t know if it’s
even the most popular cash app. There’s Venmo; there’s PayPal. You could just send checks, I guess. Why is he using the Cash App? Maybe Cash App is giving
Bill money to give away. If so, I feel like that
needs to be disclosed. It’s not necessarily like
a sponsorship or an ad, but I feel like that
relationship needs to be noted. Actually just found a tweet from Bill. “Why have we used Square’s
Cash App or PayPal?” I guess he does use PayPal occasionally. Okay. “Why not checks? “Easy! “No, that’s the answer. “They’re easily accessible
to Americans already online. “I’m not an investor in either. “Not everyone has a bank account, “and when I give away my money, “I want everyone on
Twitter to have a shot.” That’s another thing about this entire Twitter philanthropy thing, is you have to note the
privilege of having access to the internet. Like, yes, in theory you
could use a library computer, blah, blah, blah. But that’s obviously not
the easiest thing to do if you’re in a situation
where you’re struggling, you’re in poverty, you’re in need. So it’s kind of interesting
that this automatically can’t necessarily reach
the people who really are in the most need,
because they’re probably not sitting on Twitter all
day, able to retweet all of these things and keep
up with these giveaways and download the Cash App. Like, you’d need a
smartphone for that, right? Come on. Bill should be following MrBeast’s lead. He might as well go give cash
out to people on the street. Ooh, I’m getting heated. Also, yesterday, as I
was writing this video, it was Black Friday. And Cash App was running a
Black Friday sweepstakes. They were giving away money. It’s very interesting. I mean, I get why people
would participate in this. If Cash App or any other
celebrity or fricking Bill are gonna be giving away
money, why not play? Why not join the sweepstakes? To end this video, there
is now a whole league of Twitter philanthropists, claiming that they have money to
give away to random people. There are lots of copycats, and some people even
claim to be Bill himself. So you drop your Cash App username, somebody Cash Apps you requesting $20, saying they’re Bill. If you send me $20, I’ll give you your $500 that you won. Clearly a scam, but
some people fall for it. Not everyone is familiar with these scams that some of us see as very recognizable. If someone ever says
that you need to pay them or buy something in
order to win something, that’s not legitimate, don’t do it. Don’t send them any money. Don’t do anything. It’s a scam. This is also why you
probably shouldn’t blast your Cash App or your
PayPal all over Twitter. At least figures like Pulte
and MrBeast seem legitimate. But maybe that’s just the
blue check marks talking. So that’s it. What do you guys think
about Twitter philanthropy? Please let me know. If I was a little too harsh
in this video, I apologize. But also not really. I mean, it’s just my thoughts, my opinion, my perspective. Let’s all share what we think. Is Twitter philanthropy just a way to exploit people in poverty? Is it just a way to make yourself look really good and giving? I don’t know, but I encourage you guys to register to vote. Smokey Glow here on YouTube
always ends her videos telling people to register,
and I think that’s great. So if you want to make these changes, institutional changes to
help alleviate poverty and provide affordable housing for people and healthcare for all, make sure that you register to vote and participate in all elections, because those things are really gonna make a difference for a lot of people’s lives. And that way people can stop
relying on Twitter lotteries. So you guys can follow me on Instagram for some mediocre pics. You can follow me on Twitter. I have a draft tweet in my Twitter for a $50,000 giveaway, so. I also have a vlog channel, where I post other types of videos. I also have a podcast
called Previously Gifted. You can watch it on YouTube,
or you can listen to it on any podcast app or Spotify. Extra content, my voice
hurts, I’m done talking. Ow. I’m crying. Good to end the video
with tears in your eyes. It was just an emotional one, okay? All right, that’s all. ‘Kay, thanks, bye. (quirky mellow music)

72 Comments

  1. tiffanyferg says:

    Hope y'all enjoy this video! I spent about two weeks studying Bill's twitter… it's been hard work. TIME STAMPS BELOW!
    0:00 – intro
    0:40 – the tweet that started it all… a $30,000 giveaway by MrBeast & Bill Pulte
    1:30 – aren't giveaways just a way to buy followers? let's do the math and see how much they "paid" for each new follower gained…
    4:09 – why am I so skeptical and pessimistic??
    4:53 – MrBeast's channel is all about gimmicks, including giving away money to strangers
    5:59 – "Giving Homeless People $1,000" video
    6:47 – MrBeast's strategy is give away/spend money, go viral, repeat
    7:50 – "Money Spending Content" will be my next video topic lmao looking at you, David Dobrik!!!
    8:27 – back to twitter… MrBeast is a "human ATM," what about Pulte??
    8:44 – Bill Pulte, Philanthropist and (self-proclaimed) Inventor of Twitter Philanthropy
    10:12 – more Pulte tweets
    11:41 – people are desperate to win money on twitter… many of them enter giveaways constantly
    12:39 – which is more effective? charity, or welfare / social safety nets ? we shouldn't have to rely on gofundme or twitter giveaways for survival
    14:52 – where is Pulte's money coming from? who is he??
    15:52 – Pulte is crowdfunding for donations. Join the "team" !
    17:00 – quick moment to discuss corporate philanthropy
    18:12 – the TeamPulte website is confusing
    20:16 – what is TeamGiving ?
    21:09 – does Bill fund his twitter giveaways? orrrr CashApp giveaway theory
    22:26 – what about the needy people who don't have access to internet / twitter?
    23:26 – watch out for scammers and fake twitter philanthropists

  2. Jyush Box says:

    Pls run for president

  3. Gresi M says:

    THANK YOU for using the donations for Albania as an example of legitimate charity. I didn't expect for you to know about it but I appreciated it :)❤

  4. Samantha Schumacher says:

    Loved the video and think you bring up some really important points but have to say I disagree with you about charity vs. Social services. I have worked in the non-profit sector for several years now and honestly believe we need both. When we are donated money, we are better able to help people for specific needs because we are a non-government organization. Government orgs rely on bureaucratic guidelines that make it much harder for someone to get help. You have to jump through a lot of hoops to get government assistance most of the time. Also, people with a lot of money seem more willing to give that money when they feel like it is their choice, rather than having higher taxes. And because we have to stay accountable to donors to receive funding, we are very transparent in showing where the money is going.

    Without philanthropy, I cannot imagine where we would be or how we would help as many people as we do. Also I agree with you that no one should feel ashamed for seeking welfare assistance, but the reality is that it is stigmatized and getting help from a charity can often be easier for some people.

    As far as the “hand up not out” thing, I have to disagree with your statement. What that saying really means is that we do not want to just give people money without also helping alleviate the stress and problems that are causing them to be in the position of relying on that money in the first place. The cycle of poverty can never be broken if we just give people money and do nothing to actually help them beyond that. Charities work to address the entire problem and help empower people, which I argue social assistance alone does not do.

    That said, I do not agree at all with this “twitter philanthropy” and want to point out that this is NOT a reflection nor example of true charity work. Also I grew up in Canada so that does shape my viewpoint as well, as I have never lived in a country that did not have free health care, etc.

  5. imnodog says:

    TV gameshows are basically the same thing. Exploitative and humiliating, thriving in a late capitalist society where desperation prevails

  6. Sofia Limon says:

    Some More News did a video similair to this as well! Good content!

  7. Jemma ezri says:

    Ooo I see you with Ashley’s earrings (@bestdressed)

  8. Hoozi Whatzi says:

    I really despise Mr. Beast's videos, and others that are similar. It has always felt very Hunger Games to me. Dangling money over a poor persons head and making them do degrading, exhausting, or humiliating tasks to gain it is awful. Yet you have people patting them on the back for it.

    Making a video of you helping a homeless person completely negates any positivity you were hoping to achieve, in my eyes. It's extremely self-serving. They're doing it solely to gain followers and likes, which will gain them more money. You're not helping the homeless person, you're exploiting them.

    That isn't charity. It's cruelty.

  9. King DAmnJoon says:

    It really rubs me the wrong way when an account has a huge follows but incredibly low engagement.

  10. galacticbananas says:

    When calculating the cost of buying each subscriber from the first giveaway tweet, shouldn't you have taken into account the number of followers they usually gain per day anyways?

  11. Nic says:

    You should dig a little further into where Pultes money came from. A lot of people have already unearthed it but it’s in the red side of twitter which…well you wouldn’t see.

  12. Daniel says:

    Where’s the pod ??

  13. Luana Schmid says:

    Holy shit, your videos are so incredibly well researched!! Thank you so much for your content and good luck at the finals:) (&go Bernie!!)

  14. Johnny Football Club says:

    keep up the good work Tiff

  15. harryhairnet says:

    Oh my god, I rant about corporate philanthropy all the time! Donate to the supermarket food bank and they will match your donation, couldn't you just give away food? Or pay people better? The worst was amazon asking if I wanted to round up a purchase to the nearest pound for some charity of theirs and theyd match it. HELL NO!!! PAY YIR GODDAMN TAXES!

  16. Ty Ledwell says:

    The fact that the words “homeless people don’t care if I use them for views” came out of his mouth says it all. Totally exploitative.

  17. Sally L says:

    That eye shadow is BOMB on you!!

  18. tae flores says:

    Tiffany: chronic poverty

    Me: /perturbed adjacent/
    ¿?đdaàmmy how sShe d0-???

  19. Ty Ledwell says:

    Aww the Smokey glow shout out ? love that!

  20. heather says:

    can you do a video on peaches ???

  21. coco.so.curly says:

    “Homeless people don’t care if I use them for views”??‍♀️

  22. Zakhele Prince Dube says:

    I've been watching Eleanor's uploads for some time now and it's really disappointing that she hasn't said "yo basic!". And where the heck is Chidi!

  23. Xo Xo says:

    Oreo just gave the person who guessed the "mystery flavor" $50,000. And again I ask, why?

  24. Catherine Bamsey says:

    I love that this week you, some more news and patriot act have all supported my view that we should just eat all billionaires.

  25. MintSodaPop says:

    FIRSTLY: JUST BECAUSE IT'S A "SHALLOW TOPIC" DOESN'T MEAN IT IS NOT WORTH DISCUSSION

  26. AyeitsCleo says:

    Pulte's needs squarespace. No but for real I was seeing things black and white but now that you mention it…Jeff Bezos aint the only one

  27. Kemi Coker says:

    14:23 ; did someone watch the recent some more news?

  28. A Novakovic says:

    Didn't Nicki Minaj give money to people online long before this $30,000 giveaway by Mr. Beast

  29. Rima Sans Souci says:

    I just found your channel and I really appreciate your frankness and honesty. Totally agree with how questionable these "philanthropy" ventures/money giveaways are, but at least Mr. Beast and Paulte seem to be actually following through and giving people money instead of outright scamming people for likes/follows. It is kind of depressing to read the reasons why some of these people need the money like, you shouldn't have to be crowdfunding or entering giveaways to afford the insulin you need to stay alive; it shouldn't be like this.

  30. technojunkie123 says:

    Omg this entire video reminds me of an episode of The Patriot Act where Hassan Minaj rips billionaires and super wealthy philanthropists to shreds 'cause they're almost all just really doing it for personal gain & how it really feeds into the growing inequality in the US

  31. Sweet Miss says:

    Love your videos! Never stop ?♥️

  32. Anabella Fernandez says:

    Yes Medicare for all ? #bernie2020

  33. Chile Chamoy Boy says:

    I don’t see what the problem is that Mr. Beast gives free money to strangers. We get entertainment. He gets lots of money. And gives away substantial amounts of money to random people. It’s great! He is transparent about it. That he generates the money from our views of his videos. It’s just his content.

  34. Angel Ramirez says:

    Welfare isn’t and shouldn’t be disgraceful, however many people game the system and do get complacent. As for the free healthcare many people reference Canada but videos has been made about the long waits and in general we have the best technology aka medicine as well. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have some help but I also don’t think the government should be forced to pay 1 million or more on patients because the sad reality is there is a whole country to run. I want better welfare, both for the recipients and the government but that won’t happen in seemingly forever. Let’s also be real plenty of people living paycheck to paycheck is coming from their ability or inability to keep a budget and be an adult. Just look at Dave Ramsey’s channel, the student loans, auto loan, your recent CC video and so on. Should the government or any private company be forced to fund your mistakes, I don’t believe so. I currently have a part time job and even if I went full time I’m actually making a couple dollars over the minimum wage atm( 19 yrs old ) but I don’t think I deserve to be paid 30k or 15-20 dollars an hour. Some jobs just aren’t hugely skillful and if you want to increase your income then increase your own worth or start a business. I do have a plan for myself and I know that I shouldn’t spend on credit cards if I can’t pay it off right away, I shouldn’t have 3 babies rn or shouldn’t get a 20k car loan

  35. The Purple Palace says:

    Yes Tiffany! I would totally be that person that retweets for the 30k ?? so this was really enlightening ?

  36. Rachel Boba says:

    Is this Team Giving/charity thing just a front so these billionaires have a place to store their money and evade taxes lol (just a conspiracy, I have no proof, just throwing out ideas)

    IRS: where did this 3.2 million come from
    Pulte: Twitter philanthropists
    IRS: ok sounds about right

  37. Lauren Henley says:

    I always love your content Tiffany

  38. Lauren Henley says:

    Bill Pulte makes me want to cry out of cringe

  39. Puck Bryn says:

    I love how even giving money to his own mother it’s “for the views”

    not like “hey thanks for raising me which cost a ton of money, I’m making decent money now, like any logical person with a halfway decent childhood I think I’d want to share that with the people who made me”?

  40. zziggy808 says:

    Best dressed earrings ?

  41. Vanessa Parker says:

    "i don't know i'm all about labor rights you know? just a little quirk of mine" queen

  42. Naama Halevi says:

    Is her earrings BestDressed merch?

  43. Milande Moonlight says:

    Love the video

  44. Dragoneta Slayer says:

    Mr Beast’s mum’s said it best in his Lamborghini video. You can’t gift something like that, for the insurance like Mr Beast usually only destroys cars for the scrap and buys people used cars. He returned the Lamborghini because it’s wasteful. A poor person doesn’t need a fuel guzzling insurance nightmare. Mr Beast kind of understands this but other philanthropists just giving away luxury items that I hope they just sell because maintaining it would be a nightmare. Mr Beast avoids donating more than is practical for tax filling as a gift. Like he’s wasteful but he’s better than others. Food he wastes is expired

  45. J Szeweluk says:

    You were not to harsh, imagine not giving Your mom the money you clearly have just cause she is.. Your mom not for some random content.

  46. Zenia Lüpke says:

    UUURGH your content is good!

  47. Anesu C says:

    Ok I just stumbled on this channel, more specifically this video. Pretty interesting series actually. With that said, I have few issues with some points you raise but I will just say the one that got me to actually make a comment (I have paused at now) haha. I got to the government based welfare, free health care, social security etc part (around 12:30) which is the first main issue you mention you have with people participating in these and I feel like that was completely disconnected to this whole thing and massively overgeneralizing (unless you have enough of a sample to back up that claim). Like you say "these are the same type of people…" that would be opposed to implementing the support systems you mention above (from what I interpret, it sounds like you mean people with a certain political stance on these issues). How do you know this? Like this is on the internet and someone is saying they are giving away a tonne of money. Whatever stance they have on those issues is usually irrelevant. They might be also already on a support system of that nature and could be from anywhere around the world that already has these in place. People see possible chance of getting free money with almost no effort, they will participate. Some of those are young teens etc. I see no connection whatsoever to that. Also people participating in these might not be that broke to be in need of support, they might be having an average living, all things considered, but maybe lets say live on paycheck to paycheck. In which case any chance of extra money is welcome.

    Edit: Later on you do say "…yet SOME of these people" which I guess does address my overgeneralizing comment. But again, there could be none of them (which is unlikely there is always someone haha, especially about a political/social issue). There could be an extremely small number of them with the stances you mentioned. Which again, your whole thing almost puts everyone in that one basket. At least thats the way it comes across.

    In case someone is wondering, I didn't even know that part of twitter even existed, so this is not like a biased opinion or someone that knows that community or anything. In fact for all I know, I might be wrong about the supposed audience on that side of twitter because all have to work with is what has been presented in the video thus far haha. I generally end up writing long comments by accident, so don't take it too seriously haha

  48. Jill P. says:

    Of course it's fake. Everyone with half a braincell knows randomly giving a homeless person money is not helping them. Not all homeless people are on drugs but obviously,considering their circumstances, them being high makes sense since it means they're less cold/less hungry. So this dumbass might be a catalyst for someone's OD. He'd help them by investing in their mental health/looking at why they're homeless in the first place. But no, he cares about views. Honestly. I am so incredibly annoyed by the fact that stupid behavior is being reinforced with money/followers/fame etc. It's beautiful that social media has given people chances to make a life for themselves. But it absolutely fucking sucks that every idiot can do so. I'm openly bitter about that.

  49. noklayev says:

    I'm thinking you could be an…. ENTJ? :>

  50. Payton Williams says:

    I just found it funny that Pulte’s recipients always seem to not include people of color

  51. supkika says:

    nice earrings

  52. Jessica Nguyen says:

    thank you for coming back ? I literally have been waiting for you!!!! Completely understand about being busy! My finals are next week 🙁

  53. Cristina Aguirre says:

    I agreeeeee with the Walmart employees/living wage/stable institution point you made. Even then though, I think people would still be giving away to charity the same amount that they do now. I mean some people out here really have money to just give away, and they do it more so for themselves because it makes them feel good. It’s like a high they chase, they love making people feel good. That applies more to philanthropists, and less to rich people. I’m sure giving money away that you can stand to lose, for someone/something in need, will make a rich person feel good and relevant. Like to me, Charity is mostly people that give away to make themselves feel good about themselves, like they’re doing something good. Then corporate charity is just to make the company look good. Then there’s actual people who give to charity solely for the cause and to help out. It’s sad but it is what it is. My opinions are too much to write so imma leave it there and if it doesn’t make sense then ??‍♀️?

  54. Sebastian Sean Crow says:

    0:00 thank you for doing this cuz I’ve always wondered what that whole thing was about and if it would even come to anything

  55. Sebastian Sean Crow says:

    1:54 a lot of giveaways I see on twitter are for followers who have been following either since the same day the tweet first went out or longer cuz it’s artists trying to say thank you to those who have supported them

  56. Nicholas Lowick says:

    I saw knives out yesterday it’s so good

  57. Tild says:

    Great video! Loved it! How about a video about the whole blackfriday / holiday consumption madness in general or about the new flexing culture (especially teenagers) and therefore today's meaning of brand-name clothing? 🙂

  58. Alyssa Bandaid says:

    I talk about irritating things with sarcasm and fake pep too lol. Idk if people understand it, but I'm glad I'm not the only one. I just recently stumbled across your channel and I'm a fan. Keep up the good work! Nuance is delicious

  59. fictionaldarling says:

    I had never heard of mr. beast before this video, so maybe i'm completely wrong, but basically what he's doing is cultivating ad money from sponsors & then giving money from corporations to people who need it and then doing it all over again? i mean pulte is sketch but beast seems to be generating money from just people spending time watching videos (& they probably would've spent that on any other video anyways) & then repeating that as a cycle? do i not understand finances at all or is he literally creating money out of thin air by donating money??

  60. Trenece Robertson says:

    The Patriot Act did a whole episode on it this week.

  61. ren marie says:

    something about giveaways from people that are big rubs me the wrong way, if i ever participate its from a smaller account and not monetary but something like a figurine

  62. Megan Weimer says:

    Love the Smokey glow shout out!!!

  63. Payton Strawberry says:

    Name twiiinnnss

  64. Tristian Green says:

    My first thought was just tax write off

  65. Emily says:

    Tbh idc, if you wanna spend money then spend money. Its your money i don't have a right to tell you what to do w it.

  66. Alicia says:

    (quirky mellow music)

  67. KatieRouge says:

    I never thought charity could make me feel so gross.

  68. Cheylea Hopkinson says:

    Team trees tho ❤️

  69. Nix F says:

    bigger giveaways are more often sponsored so is it even their hard earned money?? nah lol

  70. yeet says:

    duuuuuuuuuuuude I am SO glad youtube's algorithms actually did me good for once and recommended your channel, I get recommended so much shit and to finally have some content like this from a really smart and eloquent (feminist) woman who clearly puts a lot of effort and research into her videos is so refreshing. I only ever get male creators recommended to me and it's usually really not what I'm after as an n-b queer feminist so THANK GOD FOR U!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. MargauMonteyRibera says:

    Didn’t know this was a thing. Without watching the video, would say more than a scam is so unethical.

  72. jay says:

    "We shouldn't have to rely on strangers to fund our cancer treatment. Medicare for all y'all" 14:30

    Where tf you think taxes come from??
    (..Not from women)

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