Popular YouTuber Om Sayf, who currently lives in Turkey, made a hand signal in one of her videos and fans are concerned that she could be in danger.
Concern for Om Sayf, a YouTuber with over five million subscribers, is growing online after she posted an unexpected video to her YouTube channel.
In the video, she made a hand signal, and many are taking this to mean that she is in some sort of trouble. But what does the hand symbol actually signify? Let’s explore its meaning…
Who is Om Sayf?
Hadeel Alali, better known as Om Sayf or Om Seif, is a YouTuber who is currently living in Turkey.
She has over five million subscribers and frequently posts gaming content, known for being a PUBG streamer.
Om Sayf is also big on Instagram, with 398,000 followers on her profile @om_seif_77.
Fans are increasingly worried about the YouTuber after she posted a concerning video to her channel this week.
Om Sayf posts concerning video to YouTube
On Monday (January 11th), Om Sayf uploaded a 30-second long video to her YouTube channel that has concerned a lot of her fans.
In the unexpected video, she spoke in Arabic and told her subscribers that she would be quitting YouTube. Then, she made a hand signal that has raised a lot of concern.
The video has gone viral online and gained a huge 12 million views.
What does the hand signal mean?
At the end of the YouTube video, Om Sayf placed her hand up with her palm facing the screen, before tucking her thumb inside her palm and closing her hand into a fist. This has resulted in a lot of concern on Twitter, but what does this specific hand signal actually mean?
The Canadian Women’s Association created the hand signal for those who are victims of domestic violence to silently call for help. It’s known as the ‘signal for help’, and was created during the coronavirus pandemic as the group thought that the pandemic had made it more difficult for those who are at risk to reach out.
On their website, they state:
“The social isolation measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic are making it more difficult for those who are at risk of abuse or violence to safely reach out for help. ‘Signal for Help’ is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way.”
In September, the Canadian Women’s Foundation made videos that went viral on social media to show women exactly how the hand signal works.
Concern for Om Sayf emerges on Twitter
Following the hand signal, concern for Om Sayf has been amounting on Twitter. The YouTuber has not been active on social media since the video was posted, and many fans are worried for her safety.
One Twitter user wrote: “Hello everybody. there is a lady called om sayf, she holds over 5 million subscribers on youtube. she posted a video saying she is quitting after 2 years, and she put the hand signal to put when u are in trouble (high five and palm folded) so if you know anything, please help!”
“Hello to our Turkish friends and police as you can see this youtuber needs help and is a victim of domestic violence as she did the secret sign that she thought might help her. also her sweater says “freedom” and a swollen lip with blood. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD,” said another.