BitBoy vs. Atozy: YouTuber Sues YouTuber for Defamation and Emotional Distress

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BitBoy vs. Atozy: YouTuber Sues YouTuber for Defamation and Emotional Distress

One of YouTube’s biggest crypto commentators has filed a lawsuit against a fellow YouTuber for “libelous and damaging statements”, seeking damages.

Ben Armstrong, who presents himself as CryptoBitBoysays Erling Mengshoel Jr., aka Atozyposted a video on YouTube titled “This Youtuber is scamming his fans… BitBoy Cryptoin November 2021. The lawsuit claims a long list of offenses in this video, including defamation, inflicting emotional distress, tortious interference in business dealings or potential business dealings, violation of uniform law on deceptive practices and violation of fair trade practices. Law.

The filing says Mengshoel “repeatedly calls Armstrong a ‘dirty bag’, stating that he is a ‘dirty filth’ and a ‘dirty YouTuber’.”

Armstrong has 1.44 million subscribers and has had 212 million views since launching his channel in February 2018. Mengshoel has 1.23 million subscribers, with 223 million views since March 2012.

The suit and jury request were filed yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta, which Armstrong’s legal counsel considered the appropriate venue because Armstrong lives in Acworth, Georgia, while Mengshoel lives in Sterling, Virginia.

This is a federal lawsuit because it involves impact and losses of over $75,000.

Mengshoel and Armstrong did not respond to requests for comment from Decrypt.

However, Armstrong’s trial provides a detailed account of Mengshoel’s comments about him.

“In case you don’t know what an absolute dirty bag of a YouTuber is, here’s BitBoy Crypto, a great example of that,” Mengshoel says in his video, as the filing tells.

Armstrong’s lawsuit claims Mengshoel directly attacks his livelihood, saying he’s “not someone you should go to for advice of any kind” and “cannot trust financial advice because you don’t don’t know if he’s trying to enrich you or enrich himself.”

There is, however, a contradiction between what Armstrong claims in his lawsuit and what he presents online in his warnings.

“[Armstrong]The business model of relies on its reputation and status as an “influencer”, i.e. a well-known online personality who influences the decisions of others, such as whether to buy or sell cryptocurrency online. as investments,” reads the complaint, claiming to be “a trusted industry-leading source of commentary on cryptocurrency investing.”

Additionally, the lawsuit asks, “Could there be a more damaging claim for someone like BitBoy Crypto to engage in cryptocurrency investment advice and commentary?”

But on Armstrong’s YouTube channel, he says his content is “for general informational purposes only” and cautions: “Please note that I am not a professional advisor in business matters involving finance, cryptocurrency, taxation, securities and commodities trading, or the No information written or discussed is intended to be construed or relied upon as investment, financial, legal, regulatory, accounting, tax or similar, and should not be.”

One of Mengshoel’s main claims is that Armstrong was paid to pitch cryptocurrency “scams” to “suckers,” and that the practice would eventually come to the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission because the influencers “can’t resist taking that quick buck and just milking their audience for some extra cash.

While Armstrong’s lawsuit says the allegation is “without any factual support,” a CNBC story Last week, Armstrong reported that Armstrong was earning more than $100,000 a month promoting cryptocurrencies, including $30,000 just for the failed DistX cryptocurrency. “It’s a practice he says he now regrets because it resulted in painful losses for his own viewers,” CNBC wrote. Armstrong has also promoted other flash projects like Ethereum Yield, Cypherium, and MYX Network. When those plans failed, he deleted the videos from his channel.

Armstrong’s emotional state is “fragile”, according to his lawsuit, and he “now suffers from severe anxiety that he will be perceived as a criminal, fraudulent and untrustworthy in business or in general”. The lawsuit goes on to say that Armstrong “now has recurring bouts of depression about whether the defendant’s defamatory statements will harm Armstrong financially and socially and whether he will be able to recover his good name and business as a result” .

Ultimately, Armstrong’s lawsuit accuses Mengshoel’s video of being “a blockbuster work, an attack piece, not an investigative report,” the lawsuit reads. “It’s totally lacking in supporting facts – investigative reporters don’t say, ‘I hate sleezebags like this, because they ruin it for everyone.'”

For its part, Mengshoel in its Biography Twitter describes his YouTube channel as a place to “talk about people doing stupid things on the internet”.

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