A Twitter campaign has been raising concerns over the fate of a Turkey-based Syrian YouTuber, who posted a 30-second video saying she will have to stop posting videos on the platform, without providing any more details before silently sending the digital call for help.
The still-trending short video was posted by Om Sayf on Sunday before her +5 million followers took it to other social media networks calling on authorities to offer her help and protection.
In her last video, the young Syrian YouTuber told her fans that she had the best years making digital content and that it is time for her to stop. Then she paused for a few seconds before saying: "I want to tell you one thing." Then she displayed the digital signal for domestic violence.
During the video, Om Sayf's face and wrist seemed bruised, and a faraway scream was heard by the 20th second.
As soon as the video was published, social media users caught the signal and spread the message using the Arabic and Turkish hashtags #OmSaifYardimEt #ساعدوا_ام_سيف (Rescue Om Sayf), saying that she must be pressured to make the video.
#ساعدوا_ام_سيف I hope you are fine. We must stand beside each other. We must help those who need only help. The clip broke my heart 💔 I hope she can be helped quickly— aem🎨 (@PxAem) January 12, 2021
This is Om Saif a woman from Syria that lives in Turkey. She posted this video to ask for help. Notice the movement of the hand, it is a secret movement to ask for help if the woman is in danger. #OmSaifYardimEt #ساعدوا_ام_سيف pic.twitter.com/gqcpmWCW5H— حَياةْ🇱🇧 (@7aya6_) January 11, 2021
Joining YouTube in 2017 to post videos related to PUBG, Om Sayf's channel has 5.73 million followers and near a billion views.
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