Sam Pepper quits Twitter, makes his YouTube content private

Pepper currently has over 2.3 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and over 200 million views.

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The controversial YouTube vlogger and prankster Sam Pepper has made his video content private and deleted all but one tweet.

He has given no explanation for his decision with the exception of a single remaining tweet saying: "i give up".

Pepper from Folkestone, Kent, gained notoriety (and millions of followers) after posting a video in which he tricked a fellow vlogger into thinking a mutual friend had been kidnapped and executed.

As a result, a petition calling for his removal from YouTube received 200,000 signatures.

In addition, he was heavily criticised for another pranking video where he is shown grabbed women's bottoms from behind.

In the wake of the "Killing Best Friend Prank" he spoke to about the public response: "I don’t think that I’m hated by that many people. I’ve got over two million YouTube subscribers and one million Twitter followers.

"No-one’s ever come up to me in the street and told me they hate me – everyone’s normally asking me for photos.

"What [everyone’s] feeling is just right now. I used to work in customer service and it’s only the bad experiences people will tell others about. People will always think about the bad points."

Pepper currently has over 2.3 million subscribers to his YouTube channel and over 200 million views.

The 26-year-old appeared as a contestant on Big Brother in 2010.