Over the weekend, beauty YouTuber Kandee Johnson, posted an IGTV video on her account captioned, “SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT,” addressing some accusations against her. She explains and apologizes for her part in the ongoing feud between small beauty business “Sahi Cosmetics” and the bigger beauty company, “Beauty Blender.” Events Leading Up To Kandee’s Apology The story, as told by Kandee, began when she posted a video onto her YouTube channel on Friday September 19th. As a well established beauty YouTuber (Kandee has been making videos since 2008), her videos are usually welcomed with kind words and excitement. So when she began receiving hate comments on her most recent video, Kandee was alarmed. Comments were pouring in about Kandee being a thief, not supporting small businesses and that she needs to be cancelled. As it turns out, Shelly Sahi, owner of Sahi Cosmetics, had mentioned Kandee Johnson earlier that day in a TikTok as an abetting aid in an on-going feud between her cosmetic company and bigger makeup brand, Beauty Blender. @shellysahi Our launch: 3/2018 Theirs 4/2019 FabFiFun: 9/2018 they knew. Reply to @_.cmj._ #GetTheLook #storytime #cosmetics #makeup #foryou #story #beauty ♬ original sound – Sheleen Sahi Deep Dive The story starts further back! In August, an upset Shelly Sahi took to TikTok to vent frustration and call out Beauty Blender, a larger makeup company, for stealing her primer serum. @shellysahi Posted this the day after my husbands birthday because I didn’t want him to know how sad I was. I’m feeling better today! #foryou #storytime #makeup ♬ original sound – Sheleen Sahi In two follow up TikToks, Sahi explains that both serums use nine of the same key ingredients. On top of that, the products look alike and use similar verbiage in their product description online. The Sahi Cosmetic primer serum was released in 2018, and although made by the small company, has received attention having been featured in a Fab Fit Fun Box. Beauty Blender’s primer was released 2019, but it wasn’t until August of 2020 that Sahi realized the company might have stolen her serum. The TikTok accusing Beauty Blender of stealing from Sahi’s small business quickly went viral. Beauty Blender took to Instagram to respond with a slightly snarky photoset. Founder of Beauty Blender, Rea Ann Silva, reposted the snarky photoset on her personal Instagram with the caption, “to my friends in the beauty community: It was a disheartening day watching cancel culture unfold bc of a misinformed viral video. I can say on behalf of my brand, we aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. 💪🏽 Beautyblender was built on innovation & originality. But as leaders in this industry, we have to work together to put an end to cancel culture. Our work and creativity was meant to inspire and uplift, never tear down or diminish. #StopCancelCulture.” Kandee Johnson, unaware of the feud and fan of Silva and the Beauty Blender brand, commented on Silva’s post. In true Kandee fashion, never wanting anyone to be bullied, she encouraged her industry peer by commenting, “you are and always will be an originator and innovator!” Okay now pay attention because this is where things get sticky… Kandee, getting swarmed with hate on her first video back since Sahi’s original two TikTok’s on the serum scandal went viral, directly messaged Sahi on her personal Instagram. She asked Sahi to call off her followers from bullying her. Kandee also explained it was never her intention to hurt Sahi or her business and apologized for anything perceived as malintent. I would be more excited if you didn't harass small business owners to deepen your own pockets! — Lisa (@NJBlouses) September 18, 2020 To give you more insight on Kandee’s character, in case you have never seen Kandee’s videos or heard of her, this is the kind of content she puts out all the time, ever since she’s had a platform. Don’t you give up! Don’t you listen to the negative thoughts in your head. You’re gonna get through this! You’ve got this! Tell yourself “I can do this! I can make it!” YOU’VE GOT BIG HAPPY MOMENTS, dreams & a comeback story -that might be right around the corner from today! — Kandee Johnson (@kandeejohnson) September 16, 2020 Nobody would peg her as someone who would take down a small business in any way. Cancel culture has become such a trend, that everyone seems to be waiting for a chance to “expose” those with “pristine” reputations. Not to get all “Kandee Johnson” on you, but the all-too-eagerness to destroy someone’s character publicly like this, only exposes the negativity in the “cancel-er’s” heart. Sahi posted a second update on the serum scandal this past weekend asking her followers not to send hate to Kandee as she wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt (right….because you didn’t already drag her name through the mud…). In the update, she explained how Sahi Cosmetics worked with Kandee’s agent to have her test some of their products. Sahi was enraged and hurt by Kandee’s comment on Silva’s Instagram post, interpreting it as a slap in the face to her business and that she was siding with Beauty Blender, as she was under the impression Kandee had tried her serum. She reminded viewers that influencers should fact check before commenting, but that they are not who hate should be directed towards. @shellysahi Influencers have great power and responsibility! #GetTheLook #storytime #cosmetics #makeup #foryou #story #beauty #MyArt ♬ original sound – Sheleen Sahi This is when Kandee took to Instagram to issue an apology and explain her side of the story. We won’t hash out the entirety of the seventeen minute long video, but in it she explains how she had actually never gotten Sahi’s primer. Kandee provides all her digital receipts (DM’s, emails, screenshots of comments, etc.) proving her apology genuine. She also reached back out to Sahi to offer to apologize to her via phone. Kandee’s Fans Defend In her twelve years of making beauty videos for YouTube and spreading positivity, Kandee has made a dedicated fanbase for herself. When allegations began circulating about her and her character, fans were quick to defend the the beloved makeup artist and offer her support. FIRST OF ALL… how DARE y’all come for @kandeejohnson?! I’ve never actually met this woman but every time I watch her videos, they make me SO happy. I’ve watched her for YEARS & she just seems like the most amazing light of a human being. Keep shining, Kandee! The OG’s love you. — ᴀsʜʟᴇʏ ᴛᴇʟʟᴇᴢ (@ashtellez) September 20, 2020 Ily Kandee you didn’t deserve any of that I tried to stick up for you – the owner was being so hateful and mean when replying to my comment- completely unprofessional idk why anyone would target you like that your soul is too pure for this world — Jillian Cooper (@JillianJewelz) September 21, 2020 So sorry this is happening to you Kandee. You are such a sweet person and her refusing to talk to you to resolve it makes her look bad IMO. Sending you lots of love! — Renee (@minreneee) September 20, 2020 Just the thought of you doing anything malicious has me more confused than anything… much less something like this. Anyone who knows you at all knows that you’re the kindest and most genuine human to ever exist. So sorry you’re dealing with this mess ☹️❤️ pic.twitter.com/yBQqHr2wlF — Lily Marston (@lily_marston) September 20, 2020 Many fans agreed that this scandal and dragging Kandee into this was not a good look for Sahi or her business. This is not a good look for this woman wanting to start up a business. Extremely unprofessional. Kudos to you for the utmost class & professionalism. — Debra Vincent🌊😻☕🕊😷 (@DebraVincent29) September 20, 2020 This is…not a great way to start a business 😞 — ɐɯɯʎ Sʇᴉlǝʇʇo Tammy Stiletto (@TammyStiletto) September 21, 2020 Final Update On The Kandee Situation Sahi posted another update on the serum scandal yesterday addressing Kandee’s personal apology to her (through DMs). In this update she acknowledged that Kandee said she would make sure to fact check in the future, and the two are now on the same page. Overall a positive response. @shellysahi Reply to @chinalovescake #greenscreen thank you for sharing this comment! Thank you @kandeejohnson #HeyAngel #makeup #cosmetics #fyp ♬ original sound – Sheleen Sahi So while we don’t think this is the end of the primer serum scandal between Sahi Cosmetics and Beauty Blender, it seems Kandee Johnson’s name has been cleared. While it’s a shame Kandee had to be brought into this, let this be a lesson to us all that we should focus on accountability rather than destroying someone’s character, have kindness, and to always get the full facts before making statements. Cancel culture aside, Sahi Cosmetics has been getting a lot of attention from this scandal. Knowing all the details so far, do you think the brand is just making a stink to get publicity? Or is this a part of a bigger fight for small businesses against a world of big businesses and powerful corporations?
Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Editor’s Note – As the technological realm becomes more pervasive, whom can we trust? Each week, Liberty Nation brings new insight into the fraudulent use of personal data, breaches of privacy, and attempts to filter our perception. On August 6, President Donald Trump issued two executive orders declaring that Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat would be banned 45 days later. As the deadline loomed over the weekend, both executive orders saw action with last-minute twists worthy of a Hollywood screenwriter. So, what’s going on in the technological game of Chinese chess? The Department of Commerce recently declared that, as of Sept. 20, U.S. transactions with both WeChat and TikTok would be prohibited. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S.,” it reasoned. But was it ever going to be that easy? Court Says No To WeChat Ban As with so many Trump executive orders, these were bound to be challenged in the courts. Just hours before the WeChat deadline was to come into effect, a California federal court blocked the ban. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the District Court in Northern California placed a preliminary injunction against the Department of Commerce, citing freedom of speech concerns. The key issue with the WeChat order is that, since China has itself banned many U.S. apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, WeChat is one of the only providers which enables communication between people on the Chinese mainland and those overseas. It’s also the one that Chinese-speakers with little English know how to use. A lawsuit was brought against the order by the U.S. WeChat Users Alliance, a non-profit initiated by five lawyers of Chinese descent, who say the ban is a free speech issue. The Alliance posits that the executive order violates the First Amendment by outlawing a critical means of speech and communication among certain communities. It was on these grounds that Judge Beeler ruled for an injunction, stating: “Certainly the government’s overarching national-security interest is significant. But on this record — while the government has established that China’s activities raise significant national security concerns — it has put in scant little evidence that its effective ban of WeChat for all U.S. users addresses those concerns. And, as the plaintiffs point out, there are obvious alternatives to a complete ban, such as barring WeChat from government devices, as Australia has done, or taking other steps to address data security.” WeChat, otherwise known as Weixin, is an instant messaging app widely used within China. That’s not all it does, though – it has a few other social media features such as the ability to post “moments,” and a “shake” function that allows users to locate other WeChatters nearby and meet up. More fundamental uses include accessing public utilities and one’s online ID card, taking public and private transport, and of course, the ubiquitous WeChat Wallet, which connects to users’ bank accounts and facilitates cashless financial transactions. It is also a host for China’s Coronavirus tracking app, which determines where people are allowed to go based on their health scores. Owned by tech giant Tencent, WeChat has slowly been evolving from a simple social media app to an all-encompassing one-stop shop for conducting modern life in the Middle Kingdom. TikTok Deal – Is It What Trump Wanted? As soon as Trump suggested he might bar TikTok unless it sold its American operations to a U.S. company, speculation erupted about what would become of the video-hosting app. Microsoft entered the running to buy a branch of the company, but those negotiations went down the drain after it apparently annoyed China by referring to TikTok’s present iteration as a security risk. Now, it appears software company Oracle will team up with Walmart to take on a purchase of TikTok – or will they? After expressing early misgivings about the pitch, Trump on Sept. 19 came out in favor of the potential deal, giving it his “blessing.” He touted the financial benefits for the U.S., including billions in taxes, 25,000 jobs, and funding for education. “Conceptually, I think it’s a great deal for America,” he added. “Security will be 100%.” “It will be a brand new company, it will have nothing to do with any outside land, any outside country, it will have nothing to do with China, it’ll be totally secure, that’ll be part of the deal,” the president stated. However, observers were quick to point out that the existing proposal falls short of Trump’s demand that U.S. operations be taken entirely out of Chinese hands. The offered deal says Oracle will become a “trusted technology provider” investing in a joint venture rather than becoming the new owner of a company. Under the prospective deal, a new company would be set up, TikTok Global, to be 80% owned by ByteDance (TikTok’s parent company) with Oracle and Walmart picking up 20% before an initial public offering on the stock market within 12 months. ByteDance also cast doubt on the education fund highlighted by Trump, saying that was the first the company had heard of it. Oracle has said, however, that it will contribute to education by working with TikTok “to develop and deliver an AI-driven online video curriculum to teach children from inner cities to the suburbs.” With ByteDance retaining majority ownership in the U.S., can it really be said that TikTok will no longer be a Chinese operation? China Starts to Play Trump at his Own Game Reuters recently reported that China would rather face a TikTok ban than sell part of the app to a U.S. entity. The China Global Television Network, a state-owned broadcaster, stated no sale would occur. In a rather Trumpesque move, the Chinese Communist Party in late August inserted itself into the furor by expanding its technology export rules. It demanded that companies seek approval from the state before selling certain types of technology to overseas buyers. This includes the kind of algorithm TikTok relies on to draw millions of users down a rabbit hole of suggested videos based on individual preferences. Essentially, China may not let ByteDance sell its key algorithms without first obtaining a government license, if at all. Under the proposed deal, Oracle will not gain ownership of TikTok’s technology, but it will be allowed to conduct security inspections on it. The move is part of a broader CCP trend of attempting to gain greater influence over China’s tech entrepreneurs. A Sept. 15 memo released by the CCP’s central committee urged a strengthening of “political thinking guidance of personnel in the private sector,” as reported by Xinhua. To add to the tension, China also announced that it‘s come up with an “unreliable entities list” of foreign “enterprises, other organizations and individuals” that it may blacklist – although it didn’t divulge any specific plans. The move was seemingly formulated to mirror U.S. policies that have targeted Chinese entities such as tech provider Huawei. The results of this dispute will likely impact the future of technology between two superpowers, and signal where dominance will lie over the next decades. As each country makes its moves, the situation is starting to resemble a high-stakes game of chess, or Xiangqi. That’s all for this week from Tech Tyranny. Check back next Monday to find out what’s happening in the digital realm and how it impacts you. ~ Read more from Laura Valkovic.
Over the last week, two old-school YouTubers have revisited their retired internet personas. If you are a true 2000’s kid, when you hear a high-pitched voice, your mind immediately thinks of the lovable Fred. However, since the 2010s, Fred has steered away from the public eye – until now. Because of his hilarious content and distinct voice, fans instantly fell in love with Fred leading him to land a show on Nickelodeon, a film franchise, albums and all the merchandise you can imagine. This character, however, retired back in 2014 by Cruikshank so he could move on to other things, including a personal channel which has amassed over 3 million subscribers. However, Fred is keeping up with the times and shifting over to TikTok. A couples days ago Fred posted two videos onto his new TikTok account titled “heyitsfred” – hinting at coming out of retirement. In the first video, Fred shows pictures of himself during the highlights of his career, but then jumps to how he looks now which is much older – and a little like Justin Bieber. @heyitsfred i really did dat #greenscreenvideo #fred #fredfigglehorn #fredthemovie ♬ original sound – Trey Dreamz 🌩 In the second video, Fred is seen doing a popular TikTok dance while wearing the iconic Fred shirt. @heyitsfred hopefully Judy sees this #Fred #fredfigglehorn #fredthemovie ♬ original sound – Ivy Miller People were shocked when Fred randomly appeared on their ‘For You Page,’ and this led over 222,000 people to click the follow button and keep updated with what Fred is up to next. Fred is not the only 2010 YouTuber returning to his old content as Josh Chomik – better known as theComputerNerd01 – is making a comeback. TheComputerNerd01’s career peaked 10 years ago as people were obsessed with his parodies. One of his most popular videos was his parody of ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber that reached over 30 million views. After retiring from YouTube, Chomik decided to pursue other career options in the editing field, but now has a lot more free time due to the current pandemic. Because of this, Chomik has decided to resurrect his old YouTube persona as theComputernerd01. On Twitter, he hinted at the release of a new parody and last weekend he followed through by posting his first parody in four years. Many of his TikTok followers requested him to create a parody to the viral song ‘WAP’ by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, and Chomik granted their wish. In the video, he makes the sexual and explicit song more PG by changing the lyrics to revolve around a “big bass cookie.” @joshchomik Reply to @kausalyay You guys asked for it… #Fyp #Foryoupage #foryou ♬ original sound – Josh Now, many people are feeling nostalgic about Fred’s and theComputerNerd01’s return and have had a lot to say on TikTok and Twitter – including newer social media influencers. . thecomputernerd01 wants to collab with mE HAHAHAGSHA LIFE IS FULL CIRCLE — aviva (@oxythotinn) September 13, 2020 so @LucasCruikshank popped up on my tiktok fyp under the username “heyitsfred” and i felt like i was in 2008-2009 — Thrxns (@Thrxns_) September 16, 2020 Thecomputernerd01 saving 2020 https://t.co/3st25V4VLA — Darby🎶 (@darbyadele) September 12, 2020 Are you excited for Fred’s and TheComputerNerd01’s return? Video Produced by Kelsey Morris
Diana Camila Avila and Jordie Vena are the couple behind the viral TikTok account Alpha Familia. This couple uses the fact that they are STEP SIBLINGS to entice viewers in a really messed up way, but that’s only the beginning. @alphafamilia Love is love ❤️ #cutkings eatadick #alphabama #fyp #alpha #foryoupage #foryou #stepsister #stepbro #step ♬ Eat a Dick – Cut Kings It’s safe to say that if you have had the misfortune to stumble across one of their videos on your feed, you know there is much more to unpack than just the fact that they’re stepsiblings. But they weren’t always a monstrosity of a couple! Their shared TikTok account appears to have originally belonged to Avila. Old videos feature only her modeling outfits. @alphafamilia Feelin Fall 🍁 #fyp #foryoupage #foryou #halloweekend ♬ Take Your Man – Mahogany LOX She looks like a normal girl wanting to be TikTok famous. Also side note- apparently she’s a dentist! Why couldn’t we see more teeth videos?! Alas, Frankenstein had to create her monster. Avila slowly begins integrating her boyfriend more regularly in videos. @alphafamilia McDonalds is gross #greenscreen #fyp #foryou #foryoupage ♬ ratatata.. – Mukhtar Their videos are still kind of weird, but not too out of ordinary for TikTok, and nowhere near what they evolved to. Avila just looks hungry for TikTok fame, while Vena appears to be a passive, yet supportive, boyfriend. @alphafamilia Who did it better?? #fyp #foryou #foryoupage ♬ original sound – I miss my grandma Look how normal they seem here! Just a girl and her boyfriend doing silly TikToks together. Ugh if only they could have stayed like this! But unfortunately they decided to make things officially weird, to say the least by adopting personas. At least we hope they are personas. Vena takes on a macho male personality, “Alpha.” Cue the cringing. @alphafamilia You better watch out ⚠️ #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #tiktok #viral #positivevibes ♬ Swish Mike Stud – bree @alphafamilia Catch the link at the end to get free v-bucks #fyp #foryoupage #foryou #itsaremix #withmyfamily #xyzbca #tiktok #viral #alpha #fighting #boxing ♬ LEAD THE RACE (UNDEFEATED) – Comethazine Nobody knows WHY they did this. Perhaps it was because Vena felt like he was taking a backseat in prior videos. Maybe he really is a macho alpha type in real life and wanted to showcase it. Regardless of the reasoning, it is annoying, weird, uncomfortable. And worst of all, has a lot of sexist and misogynistic undertones, which we are not about in 2020. In many of their videos, Vena and Avila have a clear shtick, which relies heavily on gender stereotypes. Vena’s persona plays into the aggressive male stereotype. He is often seen yelling, punching the air, angering easily and is controlling and possessive over Avila. Avila on the other hand, plays into the cute girl trope, using a very obnoxious baby voice- we will get into this momentarily. Avila’s persona doesn’t like her boyfriend looking at other girls, wants attention all the time, and acts dumb. All of this could potentially be humorous if they said it was a joke, but they don’t. Viewers are left to believe that this is their actual dynamics and it’s weird. For young impressionable viewers, this could potentially be very unhealthy to be normalizing. This Took A Turn… Then they started introducing the fact that they are step siblings into the mix. @alphafamilia Always pranking my step brother #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #dojacat #prank #prankwars #promportrait #promlook ♬ Like That – Doja Cat Why? Why was that necessary?? Clearly the Alpha persona was not bringing in enough followers so they had to throw something more wacky into the mix. OKAY. They do claim that they are step siblings in real life, so we don’t want to cast judgement. But something about exploiting the fact that they are step siblings as click bait seems fishy. "alpha familia" sometimes i have trouble wondering how white people managed to colonize 90% of the world https://t.co/YgYtMTxkiS — isabella (@stabbedthesun) September 18, 2020 Then There’s The Baby Talk Alpha Familia has also been unofficially dubbed “the baby talk” couple. Avila’s persona is supposed to be the cute little girl, so she obviously needs to have a cute voice to go with it. It’s unfortunate that this might be the worst voice in human existence. @alphafamilia let’s have a moment of silence for those dying for attention @jordievena #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #alpha #alphabama #xyzbca #alabama #step #tiktok ♬ original sound – Alpha @alphafamilia When the Alpha gets angry watch out 🐺🐺 #alphabama #alpha #ItStartsOnTikTok #NailStyle #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #tiktok ♬ original sound – Alpha IS IT POSSIBLE TO MUTE A VIDEO HOW CAN I MUTE VIDEOS WITH ALPHAFAMILIA IN IT I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE — elle .o҉ʼ 📚📝 busy ! (@daijoburat) September 14, 2020 Put all of this together and you somehow have the winning recipe for a viral TikTok account. But an OBNOXIOUS one. It’s unclear how many of their followers are actually fans. idk which of their faces i want to step on more… https://t.co/VYUMAyI3WU — Jujuu | BLM | 🏳️ (@j_elgml) September 16, 2020 the alphafamilia tiktok “couple” that are step siblings? make me wanna put a fork in 1 ear & pull it out the other. my fight or flight is activated everytime i hear the girls baby voice or anytime the dude does/says anything. someone pls lock them in a bunker & throw away the key — bitch kitty (@shaarkkbait) September 14, 2020 My brain cells after watching alpha familia on tic tok pic.twitter.com/tfOfhJJcBc — Nathan T (@NathanT93824981) September 16, 2020 They have been reviewed by several YouTubers for being the weirdest and cringiest couple of TikTok. [embedded content] [embedded content] Basically it just seems like everyone wants them to stop. [embedded content] Everyone seems to have a suspicion that this can’t be real. This can not actually be how the couple acts. Maybe their appeal is that they are everyone’s favorite couple we love to hate. oh god i remembered that alphafamilia tiktok again and i wanna reset my memory. — 𝐣𝐢𝐡𝐚𝐧. (@pinkcameIIia) September 15, 2020 The worst part about all of this is that people are ACTUALLY watching them, regardless of why. The couple is clearing doing something right since they have over 400K followers on TikTok. But, do they do think people are actually enjoying their content? Or are they just parodying couples on TikTok to show people how obnoxious they are?? NOW we are onto something! Regardless, they seem to be acting as a consensual punching bag on the internet, reminding us to go outside and never scroll through TikTok again. Let us know if you think this couple is seriously like this!
Good thing Addison Rae got that movie deal because it looks like TikTok is finally dying. Early on Friday September 18th, the Trump administration announced that popular Chinese-owned apps WeChat and TikTok are being removed from the App Store. This ban goes into effect on Sunday, September 20th. Within hours after this announcement, “tiktokban” started trending on Twitter. Tiktok being removed from the App Store. This generation can’t have nothing good💀🤦🏾♂️ #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/YYZM1Ko0RH — Trevo 🌟 (@FuegoTrevo) September 18, 2020 TikTok has been a subject of distaste for the administration for months now, citing concerns about data stealing. The administration is planning on making TikTok basically unusable in the United States by mid-November. Only strong proof that TikTok is not a threat to American society and government will save it now. As expected, Twitter immediately took to joking about the whole situation. This isn’t the first time people have seen this happen. Vine only died a few years ago. Much like when Musical.ly or Vine died, many users joked about future struggles of popular TikTok users. One user impersonated a generic TikTok star, writing, “’Hey mom, it’s me, TikTok got banned so we can’t afford to live in the Hype House anymore. I’m sorry for saying that I didn’t need you and that I was on my grind, anyway, can I come back home? Love you.” #tiktokban” ''Hey mom, it's me, TikTok got banned so we can't afford to live in the Hype House anymore. I'm sorry for saying that I didn't need you and that I was on my grind, anyway, can I come back home? Love you.'' #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/Ysj1uggOUO — Jamius (@freelanceburner) September 18, 2020 Other users focused on a different approach, making fun of TikTokers that would have to get a real job once the app is removed. “TikTokers working from 8-5 making the travis scott meal #tiktokban” tiktokers working from 8-5 making the travis scott meal #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/frbSERXUee — Jamius (@freelanceburner) September 18, 2020 How McDonald’s will look one TikTok get ban #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/ZUKaaf59ZW — J 🕊 (@_J_ERA) September 18, 2020 Also trending with “#tiktokban” was “Flappy Bird.” Flappy Bird was an insanely popular game that only lived for about a year, from early 2013 to early 2014. It blew up rapidly, but elicited a strong reaction from players. Phones were broken and thrown at walls, eventually making the creator so guilty that he removed it from the app store. People are comparing Flappy Bird’s short life to TikTok’s. PCMag tweeted, “Someone’s going to try and sell an iPhone with Flappy Bird, Fortnite and TikTok on eBay for $10,000 next week.” Someone's going to try and sell an iPhone with Flappy Bird, Fortnite and TikTok on eBay for $10,000 next week. — PCMag (@PCMag) September 18, 2020 Twitter actually attempted to explain why Flappy Bird was seemingly trending for no reason. They wrote, “When Flappy Bird suddenly stopped appearing in app stores, fans of the game made a point not to delete the app or replace their phone for fear they would never get the game back. That same strategy is being applied to TikTok and WeChat after the US Commerce Department decided to ban the Chinese-owned apps in the interest of ‘national security.’” tik tok is the new flappy bird. — sincerely, ivy marie. (@sincerelyivy_) September 18, 2020 Some Twitter users did take a more serious approach. They complained that the Trump administration was focusing on the completely wrong issue giving the state of present American society. One user wrote, “So let me get this straight. We are in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 200k americans,the economy is trash,and there are mass protests against police brutality but Trump wants to focus on banning tik tok? #tiktokban” so let me get this straight. we are in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 200k americans,the economy is trash,and there are mass protests against police brutality but trump wants to focus on banning tik tok? #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/7423eG1Ol1 — abbi (@fallawaybandito) September 18, 2020 Entrepreneur Carol Roth said, “The #tiktokban is something that China would do. We are turning into China on many levels. Tell people the security concerns and let them make their own decisions. It’s not like US-based apps don’t spy on us all day long.” The #tiktokban is something that China would do. We are turning into China on many levels. Tell people the security concerns and let them make their own decisions. It’s not like US-based apps don’t spy on us all day long. — Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) September 18, 2020 The final reaction seemed to be an early funeral for TikTok. Instead of bringing in fan cams, users actually seemed to mourn the loss of an app that brought joy to so many. “TikTok has literally helped a generation of depressed teens feel like they belong.Tiktok is more then dancing and funny videos. There are so many different things on tiktok from relatable memes,school help, and feeling more confident in yourself. That’s all I gotta say #tiktokban” TikTok has literally helped a generation of depressed teens feel like they belong.Tiktok is more then dancing and funny videos. There are so many different things on tiktok from relatable memes,school help, and feeling more confident in yourself. That’s all I gotta say #tiktokban pic.twitter.com/LYn9hvvTuP — sara berete (@SaraBerete) September 18, 2020 A different sad user tweeted, “#tiktokban Idk about y’all but this seems like a violation of our rights. Tiktok literally United A whole generation, it helped us understand that there are people just like us everywhere. Okay, Take away our safe place and we will take away yours.” The future of TikTok is very unclear. The Trump administration has been threatening to take away the app for a while now, but this is the first time there is a clear end date. Microsoft recently tried to acquire the app, but the deal fell through. Instead TikTok went to Oracle. It is unclear what Oracle is planning to do with TikTok, but updated security is a possibility, meaning that TikTok might be able to exist. Will TikTok be able to survive the wrath of the Trump administration? Or will it move to the graveyard of apps gone too soon? Only time will tell the fate of this app.
President Donald Trump’s administration confirmed plans to ban the mobile applications TikTok and WeChat from United States’ mobile app stores. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross took to Twitter a statement on Friday as he announced that both TikTok and WeChat, both owned by developers in China, would be banned from all mobile app stores starting Sunday, September 20. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations,” Ross tweeted. At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations. — Sec. Wilbur Ross (@SecretaryRoss) September 18, 2020 TikTok users who already have the app will still be able to use it. However, they will be unable to install updates without the app being accessible through mobile app stores, according to ABC News. In light of recently confirmed developments, TikTok released a statement to express its disapproval of Trump’s decision n response to the forthcoming ban. “We’ve already committed to unprecedented levels of additional transparency and accountability well beyond what other apps are willing to do, including third-party audits, verification of code security, and US government oversight of US data security,” TikTok said. It continued, “We will continue to challenge the executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.” NEW: TikTok says it will challenge the U.S. gov imposed ban this morning, calls it “unjust” pic.twitter.com/qGI3P8syO7 — Alex Heath (@alexeheath) September 18, 2020 The president’s decision to take aim at TikTok came shortly after it was reported that TikTok users trolled his campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., in June. At the time, Trump’s campaign team was led to believe that more than 1 million of the president’s supporters had requested tickets to the rally. However, it was later revealed that a substantial number of TikTokers users had signed up for tickets through Trump’s campaign website with no intent on attending the rally. TikTok has already confirmed that it will be challenging the administration’s decision to ban the app.
When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears… PAY ATTENTION. In this interview Secretary Ross outlines an announcement today [LINK HERE] about the U.S. will block Chinese owned WeChat, and additional security measures against TikTok. COMMERCE – […] While the threats posed by WeChat and TikTok are not identical, they are similar. Each collects vast swaths of data from users, including network activity, location data, and browsing and search histories. Each is an active participant in China’s civil-military fusion and is subject to mandatory cooperation with the intelligence services of the CCP. This combination results in the use of WeChat and TikTok creating unacceptable risks to our national security. (more) [embedded content] Additionally, Secretary Ross discusses sector-specific relief for the airline industry and U.S. farmers. On the farmer side we should all remember any confrontation with Beijing could lead to China pulling back from purchase agreements. China cannot feed itself and is dependent on imported food products, so the scale of any pull-back is not known. DETAILS – In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality. “Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” said U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.” While the threats posed by WeChat and TikTok are not identical, they are similar. Each collects vast swaths of data from users, including network activity, location data, and browsing and search histories. Each is an active participant in China’s civil-military fusion and is subject to mandatory cooperation with the intelligence services of the CCP. This combination results in the use of WeChat and TikTok creating unacceptable risks to our national security. As of September 20, 2020, the following transactions are prohibited: Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store in the U.S.; Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S. As of September 20, 2020, for WeChat and as of November 12, 2020, for TikTok, the following transactions are prohibited: Any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.; Any provision of content delivery network services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.; Any provision directly contracted or arranged internet transit or peering services enabling the function or optimization of the mobile application within the U.S.; Any utilization of the mobile application’s constituent code, functions, or services in the functioning of software or services developed and/or accessible within the U.S. Any other prohibitive transaction relating to WeChat or TikTok may be identified at a future date. Should the U.S. Government determine that WeChat’s or TikTok’s illicit behavior is being replicated by another app somehow outside the scope of these executive orders, the President has the authority to consider whether additional orders may be appropriate to address such activities. The President has provided until November 12 for the national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved. If they are, the prohibitions in this order may be lifted. The notices for these actions will be posted on the Federal Register at approximately 8:45AM EDT on Friday, September 18, 2020. Background: On August 6, 2020, President Trump signed Executive Orders (E.O.) 13942, Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok, and E.O. 13943, Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat. In the E.O.s, the President determined that the apps capture vast swaths of information from U.S. users, leaving the data vulnerable to CCP access for nefarious purposes. Commerce, at the Direction of the President, was required to identify transactions within 45 days to protect national security and the private data of millions of people across the country. Today’s announced prohibitions fulfill the President’s direction and mitigate national security risks. (link) Share this: Like this: Like Loading...
Carole Baskin, known for her role in the hit Netflix series “Tiger King,” officially debuted as a contestant on the new season of Dancing With the Stars this Monday. The 29th Season of Dancing With the Stars has experienced some changes this time around. This, of course, includes replacing their longtime host Tom Bergeron, but also featuring a very interesting set of guests. The one reveal that threw viewers for a loop was the “Tiger King” star herself. Carole Baskin. Killed her husband, whacked him. Can’t convince me that it didn’t happen. Fed him to tigers. They snackin’. What’s happening. Carole Baskin. #dwts pic.twitter.com/i6HRc9Gp53 — clcnyc77 (@clcnyc77) September 15, 2020 Baskin is the CEO of a tiger preserve called Big Cat Rescue. She is also infamous for her role in the hit Netflix series that drew the attention of millions at the beginning of quarantine. As arch-nemesis of Joe Exotic, Baskin easily became one of the most criticized and talked about people on the internet for months after the show’s initial release. omfg they did NOT purchase a tv spot during #dwts for Carole Baskin’s husband 😂😫 Savage pic.twitter.com/YZEY8Q1Vwe — b r i t t a n y (@weensandthings) September 15, 2020 During the premiere of Dancing With the Stars, Baskin made her debut and first dance to the track “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. With partner Pasha Pashkov, she performed the fox-trot and naturally, the internet went crazy. Baskin’s DWTS debut almost instantly became one of the most popular topics of conversation on Twitter. bro Carole Baskin on DWTS has me weakk😂 — fruit of loomss (@loomis98) September 16, 2020 WHY IS CAROLE BASKIN ON DANCING WITH THE STARS #dwts #carolebaskin — kurapikaswife (@vuliynaa) September 15, 2020 Some social media users wondered if any of the judges would put Baskin on blast for her suspicious past. Others argued that the show should disqualify the “Tiger King” star due to the authorities conducting an active investigation around her husband’s disappearance. And as a result, many poked fun at Baskin for her scores and warned the judges to watch their backs. the judges running to their cars to get home after they hear someone in the parking garage whisper “hey all you cool cats and kittens” after they gave carole baskin the worst score of the night #DWTS pic.twitter.com/cf1cYYz09b — kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) September 15, 2020 There are lots of questions and curiosities about why Baskin was chosen to be a part of this season. One theory is that her appearance would boost ratings and draw in a younger audience. However, regardless of the reasoning, many are surprised at the show for featuring an “alleged murderer” despite all of the backlash they have received online. In fact, the family of Don Lewis decided to take the opportunity to raise awareness about his disappearance during the show’s premiere. A commercial ran during Dancing With the Stars that promised a 100k reward to anyone with helpful information regarding Don Lewis’s disappearance and death. Carole Baskin's missing husband's family is running a commercial during her DWTS debut! This shit is crazy! Tiger King has the gift that keeps on giving. pic.twitter.com/127NN0zWJJ — MichaelBePetty (@MichaelBePetty) September 14, 2020 This commercial gained a lot of attention online. It was shared on and through a variety of social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram. Many TikTok users decided to film and share the video to their pages as well. This development further proves the theory that DWTS is gaining popularity in a whole new demographic: younger generations. The majority of TikTok users and those who browse that particular application are teenagers or younger. This is not the typical Dancing With the Stars audience. A commercial that played during #DWTS from the family of Don Lewis, whose alleged murderer Carole Baskin is a featured “celebrity” on the show. This is an ongoing and open murder investigation. This woman is suspect #1 and should not be idolized. https://t.co/KhsH9XDobc — shelby ♡ (@shelbymiller92) September 15, 2020 Videos of the commercial almost instantly went viral on TikTok, along with some entertaining reactions. Publications such as CBS and Variety even decided to highlight and draw attention to the ad in recent articles. After watching “Tiger King,” the vast majority of viewers came to the conclusion that Baskin had killed her ex-husband, Don Lewis. Lewis went missing a day before he was supposed to take a trip to Costa Rica, but his body was never found. The widely-believed theory is that she fed him to her tigers. Joe Exotic has claimed that this theory is true and completely accurate. He even made sure to remind viewers of the theory multiple times and provided information throughout “Tiger King” to attempt to back it up. Baskin and Exotic both own tiger preserves, but argued over animal rights issues and specifically how Joe was treating the animals he owned. They should let Joe Exotic out of prison on furlough so he can compete against Carole Baskin on DWTS and whoever loses first goes to prison. — m (@MercedesKills) September 16, 2020 This has been a controversial season of DWTS already. Their decision to replace Tom Bergeron with Tyra Banks sparked online debate immediately after it was announced. Also, Derek Hough stepping in as a judge instead of as a dancer has caused mixed reactions as well. It seems as though Dancing With the Stars is attempting to rebrand and change things up nearly 30 years after the show’s official premiere. Friendly reminder that Tom Bergeron being fired from #DWTS is ageist, Tyra Banks is a terrible host, and Carole Baskin killed her husband. — nashBBfan (@nashBBfan) September 15, 2020 Carole Baskin may or may not be a murderer, but she still remains a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. And if one thing is certain, this is going to be a very interesting season. What do you think of Carole Baskin’s dancing? We may not know much about the evidence or investigation into Don Lewis’ death, but we can definitely judge her talent every Monday on ABC.
Kanye West makes headlines yet again for another unpredictable and questionable decision in 2020. The rapper decided to urinate on one of his several Grammy awards. And it’s all documented. Trust me … I WONT STOP pic.twitter.com/RmVkqrSa4F — ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020 West tweeted a video of himself peeing on the award with the caption: “Trust me…I WON’T STOP.” And as usual, the internet has exploded with countless memes and comments on his latest controversial decision. Over the years, West has secured 21 Grammy awards and that achievement seemingly meant a lot to him in the past. However, it seems as though things have apparently changed since then. His decision was sparked by his ongoing feud with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. West wants the ownership of his master recordings and vows to not release any new music until he is released from any and all contracts. 90% of the record contracts on the planet are still on a royalty A standard record deal is a trap to NEVER have you recoup, and there’s all these hidden costs like the “distribution fees” many labels put in their contracts to make even more money off our work without even trying. — ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020 The “Stronger’ rapper insists that he has made billions of dollars from his music and does not have to worry about being kept quiet or negatively impacted by any record label. He went on a tweet ramage and stated that the current music industry is similar to “modern day slavery.” This is before West posted ten separate contracts that he has with Universal. And as a result, he breached any and all nondisclosure agreements. “Instructed by Kanye West to review numerous contracts” will sound great on my CV pic.twitter.com/YV3Hu8QkzJ — K Nina (@Klaud9iine) September 16, 2020 In a tweet afterward, West stated: “When you sign a music deal you sign away your rights. Without the masters you can’t do anything with your own music.” Can’t wait for these Twitter lawyers to show up and start dissecting Kanye's contracts pic.twitter.com/6d2zvmfGvs — ʏᴏʜᴜsᴛʟᴇɢᴏᴛ ひ 🗽♂ (@Yogot4PF) September 16, 2020 Both celebrities and fans have made public comments about the shocking video on social media. Songwriter Diane Warren said, “This was given to U by your peers out of respect for your work and U r literally pissing on them. I’ve won one Grammy and I’m forever grateful and humble that my peers found me worthy of it.” Also…….Don’t ever piss on the people that championed you early in your career. — Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) September 16, 2020 Kanye west urinating on his Grammy is like a rich man telling a poor man that wealth is vanity. No artist will listen to him. — Nielo🦍 (@vibes__N) September 16, 2020 In the middle of this madness, the “Heartless” rapper also decided to leak the phone number of the Chief Content Officer at Forbes, who he called a “white supremacist.” Kanye West has tweeted his confidential contract PAGE BY PAGE, attempted to leak music, asked Drake & Taylor Swift to retweet him, recorded himself pissing on a Grammy, and leaked a Forbes’ editor’s number… all in under an hour lol. — King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) September 16, 2020 Fans and social media users are almost completely used to Kanye West going on problematic Twitter rants every so often. However, this time is a bit different compared to what we have seen in the past. He has not only called out specific individuals, but he also went as far as urinating on a prestigious award many artists only dream of winning during their lifetime. West peeing on one of his Grammy awards follows the viral public outburst at his first presidential rally. During a speech to those in attendance, he explained that he “almost killed his daughter” before she was born due to contemplating Kim Kardashian-West, his now wife, getting an abortion. This drew the attention of millions online. This is most likely because that information was never shared or spoken about publicly in the past. Kanye West: “My Mom saved my life. My Dad wanted to abort me … There would have been no Kanye West … I almost killed my daughter." pic.twitter.com/wL0ynH0EXT — Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 19, 2020 After the general public became aware of the outburst, West decided to explain to his followers that his life is similar to the movie Get Out. He also claimed that Kim Kardashian-West and her family were attempting to lock him up. Kim Kardashian responded to his remarks publicly with compassion and explained that Kanye is a “complicated” man who was having a bipolar episode. Most recently, the Kardashian and Jenner family have decided to make the next season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians their last. Kim Kardashian West acknowledged that her husband Kanye West has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and said it's "incredibly complicated and painful" for many to understand. She went on to call him a "brilliant but complicated" person. https://t.co/s1Xf6Ocqf4 — CNN (@CNN) July 22, 2020 This latest Twitter rant involved not only the general public, but also public figures. In a recent series of tweets, West decided to call on Black Americans to claim the ownership of their work and take back their power. He added that “black masters matter” and urged NBA athletes to stand with him regarding this ownership battle. In a shocking plea, he also begged his so-called nemesis Taylor Swift as well as other musicians like Drake and Bono to support him. Bono can I get a retweet Love you Paul can I get a retweet love you Drake Kendrick even Taylor We need you right noooooow ⛷ — ye (@kanyewest) September 16, 2020 Kanye West and Taylor Swift have experienced their fair share of feuds over the past decade. However, ownership of their music is something that they may see eye-to-eye on. In 2019, it came to light that Swift, unfortunately, was not allowed to buy back the rights to her masters from Big Machine Records. Those masters are now owned by Scooter Braun and his company. taylor after seeing her name on kanye's tweets pic.twitter.com/cqJXPczFWY — MOODI (@kindofcrazy) September 16, 2020 The reactions to Kanye West peeing on one of his Grammy awards have undeniably been mixed. Some social media users are calling his action “disrespectful” and “disgusting,” while others think that he has a point. Many, of course, are taking advantage of this opportunity to make memes and jokes across platforms like Twitter and TikTok. U think kanye made somebody else pull that pissy grammy out the toilet or he left it there — AFFIRMATIVE ACTION JACKSON (@archibaldmygovt) September 16, 2020 Kanye picking which Grammy to piss on pic.twitter.com/TPeBpGCdoj — Āłî 🕊💿 (@somerando961) September 16, 2020 Most recently, Kanye has made claims that his wife Kim Kardashian will be his lawyer when it comes to this matter. What will Kanye West do next? This fight doesn’t seem as though it’s going to end anytime soon. Featured image by Kanye West via Twitter and Charlamagne/Kanye West interview
J-Rish, better known as Project Better on TikTok, is changing the world one drive-thru at a time. And yes, you read that correctly. The TikTok sensation is raising awareness about the dangers of vape pens and nicotine. J-Rish, who is also a Soundcloud rapper, is passionate enough about the subject to take the law into his own hands. In fact, it was his trip to a McDonald’s drive-thru that attracted countless of viewers on TikTok. TikTok Star Steals Vape Pen from McDonald's Worker in Drive-Thru #SmartNews 🤨And look who hasn’t received a visit from the police😒 https://t.co/xWHWu72Nh8 — Devereaux (@DeviStCharles) September 13, 2020 In the video, the TikTok sensation asks a McDonald’s employee if he vapes. When the man answers that he does, J-Rish asks if he can see it. The employee, who is completely unsuspicious, hands it over. And as soon as he does, J-Rish swipes it from his hands and disappears into the night before throwing it out of the window. The caption on TikTok reads: “One less vaper off the streets #nomorenicotine #MorningCheer #ThatsHot #YouHaveTo #DinnerWithMe#secretanimesociety #fyp #frickvape.” @project.better One less vaper off the streets #nomorenicotine #MorningCheer #ThatsHot #YouHaveTo #DinnerWithMe #secretanimesociety #fyp #frickvape ♬ Tip Toe – Sheff G & Sleepy Hallow The reactions from this video vary from users thinking it’s hilarious to others saying it’s cruel. Some have commented that he’s destroying other people’s property. On the other hand, many social media users think it’s a fun way to get an important message out. One comment under the TikTok said: “Do more bro. You’re saving lives.” There was an update that the TikToker returned to the same McDonald’s and gave the employee $20 for taking his vape. The act of vaping has always been a controversial topic, especially on social media. People continue to get into fights about it with politicians and other users for a variety of reasons. If the biggest battle you can win is against vaping, I might suggest a different career path :/ people are being killed by the police, Lori. Like…congrats, but the vape pens aren't what's harming the city. Overfunding the police and underfunding social services is. — Mark ✨ (@MarkussJ) September 14, 2020 This has caused many to make assumptions right off of the bat. Some people on the platform are speculating that the whole thing has to be staged. This is due to some of his other videos reportedly being staged as well. However, J-Rish’s campaign and mission to end vaping is definitely not fake. On his Instagram, he opened up about successfully quitting nicotine a few months back. He also explained how his dependence on it impacted him personally both mentally and physically. Now, J-Rish aims to help others break their addiction to vaping as well. The now viral video has over 3 million views on TikTok alone. The campaign has continued on J-Rish’s other social media platforms as well. In an Instagram video, J-Rish throws what appears to be a Juul on the ground and smashes it with a hammer. This is after he reveals that his previous attachment to vaping sent him to the hospital twice due to “breathing problems.” His campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of nicotine addiction is also known as #NoMoreNicotine on social media. The marketing and concept of vaping drew in J-Rish at only 15 years old. He explains in the video that he thought it was “harmless” because of how it was advertised and talked about. The #NoMoreNicotine challenge asks teens and others who vape to destroy their vape in a creative way. J-Rish has made other TikToks of him throwing away people’s vapes and they do not seem to be happy about it. On his website, the rapper is promoting his “No More Nicotine” challenge. If people decide to destroy their vape and post the video to TikTok, J-Rish is promising the chance to win $5,000 for the top 10 videos. This challenge has opened the eyes of many, but others remain defensive. Comments and complaints about this mission continue to circulate the internet, especially on Reddit. However, it doesn’t seem like other people are going to stop J-Rish and his campaign. J-Rish calls himself the “Vape Police.” His efforts to save lives from being negatively impacted by nicotine continue on and off camera. Project Better has nearly 30,000 followers on TikTok currently. What do you think about J-Rish’s efforts to stop vaping? Is it taking things too far or all valid?
Charli and Dixie D’Amelio quickly rose to fame on the social media platform TikTok. Within a year, the sisters became a household name and one of the most popular duos in the entertainment industry. And while gaining viral attention on TikTok is not rare, speculation and conspiracies revolving around how the pair gained this sort of popularity continue to circulate. Many social media users have their own assumptions or explanations for how this all may have happened. However, one particular conspiracy theory caught the attention of Dixie D’Amelio and resulted in her responding. In less than one year, a user pointed out that Charli D’Amelio has gained over 90 million fans on the app. This, as well as the user’s theory for how this happened, appeared on a TikTok account called “spicyopinions” which spreads theories and information similar to this one. @spicyopinions on TikTok But what is the user’s conspiracy theory? They explain that the sister’s popularity is all thanks to their father: Marc D’Amelio. Marc is a Republican and ran for a seat in the Connecticut State Senate back in 2018. However, he lost. This is where the conspiracy theory comes in. The TikTok user claims that the sisters only gained popularity in order to help Marc gain the younger vote in a “future election.” They continued to mention that Charli gains about 5 million new followers every week and that it’s simply unheard of in TikTok culture. The theory continues by stating: “Her Dad is sus. He’s rich AND a politician. Those things never go together well.” Most TikTok stars gain their popularity from their unique personalities, creativity and dance skills. However, many users have been quick to defend that there is something very suspicious about their rise to fame. In this instance, it had to do with a political motive. Due to the sisters’ popularity, this particular theory believes that younger and less informed voters (such as big fans of the D’Amelios) would vote for Marc in the future without doing much research. And once Dixie D’Amelio caught wind of this conspiracy, she decided to respond. Under the theory posted on TikTok by spicyopinions, Dixie decided to comment. Her response “lol what” sums up how ridiculous that theory is, especially for the family to hear and find on the internet. Dixie Responds Of course, fans of Dixie and Charli quickly came to their defense in the comments. Others still believe that this theory could definitely be true. Guys there's a conspiracy theory about charli's fame and it actually makes sense. Go check tiktokroom — Soha (@Sohaa156) September 12, 2020 love you charli dont let the haters bring you down you are amazing. the haters are jealous that you have fame and they dont 🙂 @charlidamelio pic.twitter.com/Bck82AbRgH — iicamiisadunkinii (@cami12392) September 13, 2020 Earlier this year, Dixie found herself in the bit of a sticky situation in regards to politics. Photos began circulating the internet from her VSCO account which showed multiple Trump-Pence signs up on a wall. This caused the TikTok star to quickly begin receiving death threats and public backlash on social media. Dixie D’amelio is receiving backlash after an old VSCO post led fans to believe that she is a Trump supporter. Dixie denied these claims. pic.twitter.com/bA220YFYkh — IG: @expsingshadycelebs (@shadycelebsig) May 6, 2020 Dixie responded to the resurfaced photo by tweeting that the photo was taken in someone else’s house. She went on to explain her political views and defend her character in another tweet. i am an independent voter and I will always vote for the person and never the party. i find it sad that i have received death threats due to inaccurate speculation of my political belief. i have never supported trump. period. — dixie (@dixiedamelio) May 6, 2020 This seems to be just another conspiracy theory about the sisters and D’Amelio family. Other popular theories are that their father is a private investor in TikTok or that their family is paying for their followers. This is amongst other crazy commentary and conspiracy theories that have been shared on the internet over the past year. Is James Charles and Charli armadillo or whatever not the same person ? — H (@bbuggss) August 13, 2020 Charli, dua lipa and james charles are all the same person — legalize assisted suicide (@cosmicalbabe) April 15, 2020 Marc D’Amelio does seem to have his own presence online. He has over 7 million followers on TikTok alone. However, Charli remains the most popular creator on the platform with over 80 million followers to date. After this conspiracy theory video reached thousands of views and over 50,000 likes, it quickly became a topic of conversation for TikTok fans around the world. Many do believe that Charli’s fast rise to fame is indeed suspicious, but that this theory just doesn’t add up. can we talk abt charli and her sudden rise to fame for a sec? this app has been around for about 5 years. not ONCE has somebody rose to fame so quickly and with SO MANY FOLLOWERS. @charlidamelio #charlidamelio #tiktok #hype #fame — 5️⃣👄5️⃣ (@_ladillin_) September 14, 2020 Currently, Charli D’Amelio’s fame continues to grow and captivate more fans by the day. Her newest collaboration, a drink with Dunkin,’ has also taken the internet by storm. Fans and influencers have both tried and reviewed the TikTok sensation’s order ever since it was added to the official Dunkin’ menu. Yup… it really has her name on it. 🙌 ➡️ @charlidamelio. Order 'The Charli' on the Dunkin' App. ✨#CharliRunsOnDunkin pic.twitter.com/fwH3hrh2IA — Dunkin' (@dunkindonuts) September 8, 2020 I’m so grateful for the world we live in. I mean, I can go to Dunkin and get a “charli” and then go to McDonald’s and get a sicko mode burger. Someone wake me up please — Connor Pugs (@connorpugs) September 13, 2020 This charli drink from Dunkin is actually pretty good. 9/10 — SuperSarah🤙🏻🏳️🌈 (@its_supersarah) September 13, 2020 And despite the rumors and conspiracy theories, it doesn’t seem as though the D’Amelios are going away anytime soon. In fact, Charli is on the path to 90 million followers on TikTok. What do you think about this conspiracy? Is it absolutely ridiculous or convincing enough to believe? Featured image by @spicyopinions on TikTok and Charli D’Amelio via Instagram.
A new Chinese Communist Party document demonstrates intensified interest from the CCP in making private enterprise—especially tech companies—more in line with Communist Party leadership. At the top of the CCP's list of how to compel tougher adherence to the party line, the CCP hopes to "improve the selection mechanism" for supporting business leaders and investing in their enterprises. Recent Stories in National Security "We will raise and strengthen private enterprise figures and teams who staunchly and steadfastly walk together with the party, and develop as one heart and one mind," the document reads. The phrase "one heart and one mind" is standard CCP language used frequently throughout party speeches and documents. It is used to emphasize unified thought and action in Chinese leadership, shutting the door to differing opinions. Beijing’s strongman Xi Jinping made special reference to this phraseology during his 2017 speech to the 19th Chinese Communist Party National Congress that stressed bedrock communist ideals as China expands its global ambitions. "It will be an era for all of us, the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation, to strive with one heart to realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation," Xi said. "We should make all Party members keep firmly in mind the Party's purpose, have unwavering convictions as Communists, resolve the fundamental issue of the worldview, outlook on life, and values we should embrace, and maintain deep belief in and faithfully practice Communism and socialism with Chinese characteristics," he added. What makes this particular party document significant is its interest in expanding ideological control beyond the party to private companies, especially those in technology. The announcement comes at a time when many Chinese technology companies have drawn scrutiny for their cooperation with the CCP's surveillance of citizens in other countries. "The battlefront [with China] is technology," Keith Krach, undersecretary of state for economic growth, innovation, and technology, told the Washington Free Beacon. "It's a way for the Chinese Communist Party to collect a lot of privacy data." One particular China-based tech company—TikTok—has faced accusations of being complicit in the CCP's data collection scheme. The social media platform has a documented history of collecting information from American minors. This record is strong enough to have warranted repeated threats from the White House to ban the app from American devices. Government-owned devices, especially those in national defense, are no longer allowed to host the app. "TikTok basically allows the Chinese Communist Party to spy on our children," Krach warned. TikTok will likely partner with American company Oracle in the coming weeks in an effort to avoid a ban in the United States, as Beijing continues to restrict freedom of expression and information on its online outlets. "From our standpoint, we’ll need to make sure that the code is, one, secure, Americans’ data is secure, that the phones are secure, and we’ll be looking to have discussions with Oracle over the next few days with our technical teams," Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Monday.
Over the last few months, everyone was glued to their phones as they waited for updates regarding the ban of TikTok – an app that has dramatically changed digital culture. After President Trump’s executive order in August forcing ByteDance to sell TikTok, the fate of our favorite creators and videos seemed uncertain. However, they will not be going anywhere because TikTok has agreed to partner with Oracle. But will the US government approve this deal? Background When India banned the video-sharing app in June, American TikTok users worried that the app would be banned in the US after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in early July that they are looking into banning TikTok due to national security concerns. BIG: After India, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including #TikTok. ‘Download the App only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese’, Pompeo warns. pic.twitter.com/gtbQ9tjlCd — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) July 7, 2020 Because TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, it is under the control of the Chinese Communist government. This raises concerns all over the world because there were allegations that TikTok is sharing private information with the Chinese government – although TikTok denied these accusations. TikTok felt that the Trump Administration was ignoring their explanations and denials of their connections to China leading to TikTok’s lawsuit against the administration. Due to President Trump’s distrust of China as he believes they are a huge economic competitor and responsible for the current world pandemic, President Trump did not want to take any national security risks when it comes to China. Despite Gen Z’s retaliation, President Trump set a hard deadline on ByteDance to sell TikTok to a US owned company by September 20 or it will be banned in the US by September 29. Over the last month, TikTok has been presented with many potential buyers including Microsoft and Walmart, but people thought Microsoft would be TikTok’s new owner. @charlesthegr8 #sponsored I might have to cop that new #xbox now #microsoft #fyp #foryou #funny ♬ Cousin Stizz – Perfect Ft. City Girls – jgonz860 Oracle Outbids Microsoft However, yesterday, Microsoft announced that ByteDance rejected their offer to buy TikTok. Today, Oracle officially confirmed that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “trusted technology provider.” However, it is hard to tell exactly what this means. Oracle is a software company that sells software and cloud services to companies to help them manage and improve their businesses. As a “technology partner,” Oracle may be allowing TikTok to utilize its cloud infrastructure, which would attract more businesses to become Oracle clients and improve TikTok’s data security. Since the announcement of Oracle’s deal with TikTok, Oracle’s stock has increased almost 6% as TikTok is a huge platform with over 2 billion downloads worldwide. With TikTok, Oracle’s revenue is sure to increase exponentially as they will be in control of one of the world’s most popular social media networks. “Are you buying Oracle stock today?” pic.twitter.com/lL7JTuuIl0 — Douglas A. Boneparth (@dougboneparth) September 14, 2020 Is This a Good Deal? However, some are skeptical of this deal as many are bothered by President Trump’s connection to the company. Larry Ellison is a former CEO of Oracle and currently serves as executive chairman of the board and chief technology officer. In February, Ellison hosted a fundraiser at his Coachella Valley home for Donald Trump, but was not physically present. Also, the current CEO Safra Catz was a part of President Trump’s transition team. Oracle won the bid for TikTok. I wonder why… 🤔https://t.co/Ehd0u25QvB — Katie Hill (@KatieHill4CA) September 14, 2020 Oracle appears to get TikTok. Its chairman, Larry Ellison, is a big Trump donor. Competitor Microsoft is not. Crony capitalism is the norm. Hope it becomes the next MySpace pronto. — Michael Glassman (@MHGtweet) September 14, 2020 Maybe it’s just a coincidence that Oracle, which has zero expertise in consumer technology (as opposed to Microsoft), and is headed by Larry Ellison and Safra Catz, two of Trump’s biggest (and only) supporters in Silicon Valley, gets to buy TiKTok. https://t.co/chvNLfcQ7v — andy serwer (@serwer) September 14, 2020 Despite this, most people are ecstatic about TikTok being saved, but the deal still needs to be approved by the White House. Within the last few weeks, there have been rumors that China will prohibit ByteDance from selling its algorithm to the US; however, to prevent a ban, ByteDance must sell 100% of the company – including its algorithm. The algorithm is TikTok’s most valuable feature as its ‘For You’ page gives each user an individualized experience based on their engagement as well as allowing anyone to go viral, no matter their following. my “for you page” is too accurate on tiktok wtf — yanisbeth🐙 (@yanisbishh) September 12, 2020 From Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s statement, it is unclear if TikTok agreed to sell its algorithm to Oracle. According to Secretary Mnuchin’s statement to CNBC, they received ByteDance’s proposal over the weekend and will review the deal this week. Mnuchin said he will be talking with Oracle over the next few days to ensure American data and phones are secure with this deal. Even though the details of Oracle’s deal with TikTok have not been released, TikTok fans are jumping with joy as they will not have to say goodbye to their favorite videos and creators. @elianaghen BREAKING NEWS!!! Thank you Tiktok! I am so grateful! #greenscreen #tiktoksold #oracle #BoostYourMood #fyp ♬ Whole Lotta Choppas – Sada Baby Do you think the White House will approve this deal? Will TikTok sell its algorithm? Why do you think TikTok picked Oracle over Microsoft?
The TikTok logo is displayed on a smartphone while on the U.S. flag, November 8, 2019. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that the Trump administration will conduct a national security review of the sale of TikTok to Oracle, which won the bidding war for the video-sharing app’s U.S. operations. ByteDance, TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company, has accepted an offer from Oracle, a tech firm based in California, to buy TikTok’s U.S. operations. The announcement comes just one day ahead of the deadline that President Trump set for ByteDance to unload TikTok’s U.S. operations or risk being blacklisted in America. The Chinese company rejected a joint buying offer from Microsoft and Walmart. Advertisement Mnuchin told CNBC that the deal will undergo a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. as well as a “national security review under the president’s executive order.” “We did get a proposal over the weekend that includes Oracle as the trusted technology partner, with Oracle making many representations for national security issues,” Mnuchin said, adding that, “there’s also a commitment to create TikTok Global as a U.S.-headquartered company with 20,000 new jobs.” “We will be reviewing that at the CFIUS committee this week, and then, we will be making a recommendation to the president and reviewing it with him,” the treasury secretary said. Advertisement In early August, Trump issued an executive order requiring ByteDance to find an American buyer for TikTok by September 15, and if they fail to secure a purchaser, Trump said he would shut down the app in the U.S. effective September 20. Advertisement “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance,” which is based in Beijing, “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump wrote in his executive order. Several Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John Demers, the assistant attorney general of the National Security Division, have warned about national security threats posed by TikTok, saying the Chinese government could be collecting the data of Americans. “A critical factor for us driving national security is making sure the technology on Americans’ phones is safe and making sure it is not corrupt,” Mnuchin said. “We have a lot of confidence in both Microsoft and Oracle. They’ve chosen Oracle. We’ll be reviewing it with their technical teams and our technical teams to see if they can make the representations we need.” Microsoft released a statement on Sunday saying that “ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft,” and adding, “we are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.
Twitch streamer, SweetAnita, is fearful about her online stalker and she’s not the only one. Now she is asking her fans for help using #stopstalking after feeling like the police aren’t doing anything to protect her. #StopStalking Video SweetAnita uploaded a video on Monday called, “How Can I Stop My Stalker? Please Help!” which quickly got the attention of her subscribers as well as her fellow streamers. [embedded content] In this video, she said that she has gone to the police several times but didn’t feel like they took her seriously. She continued by stating, “The police response has been incredibly underwhelming. After he assaulted me, I had a witness. I had a lot of evidence and the police did nothing. They eventually felt pressured to do something after everyone was kind enough to start tagging the police on Twitter and kind of getting upset with the UK police for not acting.” Many other Twitch streamers have come forward to share their experiences with online stalkers in her video. SweetAnita SweetAnita is a popular Twitch streamer who has been very open to her viewers about the stalker she has been dealing with. Back in July, SweetAnita posted a tweet that didn’t quite sit well with anyone. If anything happens to me, I really hope that I'm the last canary in the coal mine. The law needs to change, No job should have such a high risk of rape, assault or death, especially not live streaming. — Sweet Anita (@Tweet4nita) July 14, 2020 The Twitch streamer shared an article talking about women in the UK who are killed every year by stalkers and domestic abusers even after reporting them to the police. The article stated, “Our data reveals that 55 women were killed in the three years between 2015 and 2017 despite reporting their killers to police for threatening behavior prior to their deaths.” Anita’s tweet stating this isn’t the first time she has been stalked…and it won’t be the last. The sad thing is I have had this happen before, even before streaming, and I know he won't be the last. I'm exasperated. No matter how extreme the situation, the response has always been the same. They log it and do nothing, and I feel helpless. — Sweet Anita (@Tweet4nita) July 14, 2020 In a Twitch Stream video, Anita claims that outside of harassing her online, he has also stalked her at home. In this video, she continues by stating that he has slept outside her house and physically assaulted her. Referencing a time when she had to run away from him after he followed her to a shop. XChocoBars XChocoBars is another Twitch Streamer who has communicated her feelings about her online stalker of over two years. She tweeted out a morbid tweet that had fans concerned for her safety. I often think about how I will prob die by the hands of my stalker and no one can do anything about it until it really happens 😞 I know it’s heavy to talk about but if it does happen I hope my death will mean something and help protect other creators from similar situations — Janet 🍫 (@xChocoBars) August 24, 2020 This fan couldn’t imagine dealing with that situation. i've always had a fear of being watched/being stalked, i cant imagine what you're dealing with. the constant fear of someone watching your every move. horrifying. — Sophos (@SophosSavant) August 25, 2020 While others express their anger with the system. I don't understand. Stalking is a federal crime under the criminal law of the U.S. They should be able to do something or they just don't want to do their job. — Paul (@IForgotToWipe) August 25, 2020 In SweetAnita’s video, XChocoBars explains her stalker has made multiple accounts to attack her character. She feels bad talking to any guys because she wants to protect them. She spoken to lawyers to see if anything can be done but they’re expensive. The streamer stating, “I’ve given up a long time ago um I think– think I gave up when the police or the authorities just like said they couldn’t do much um because that’s who’s supposed to protect us you know.” Twitter user, Disguised Toast, tweeted apologetically about her situation. Janet has been dealing with this for over 2 years now. She has gone to the authorities, spoken to lawyers – responses always boils down to: “We can’t do anything unless he does commit a crime” despite the overwhelming amount of evidence. Sorry you’re still dealing with this. — Disguised Toast (@DisguisedToast) August 25, 2020 While being interviewed for SweetAnita’s video, XChocoBars expressed her concern in making this information public saying, “I really do hope this video helps because I also do worry and know that like this might fuel their–their I don’t know creepy I don’t even know the word for it but if it will like help twitch or open the eyes for other people then it’s worth it.” Destiny Destiny, who’s also part of the Twitch community, talks about how he’s been dealing with these issues since 2016. He has received death threats as well as threats to his family. The streamer said people have even gone as far as sending false tips to the FBI about him. After going to the authorities several times, Destiny eventually gave up. He goes on to say, ”Second and third time I talked to the FBI, I tried to be a little bit more candid about what I did because it seems like as soon as they figure out like what I do for work they just don’t care anymore.” He finished by saying the conversations didn’t go anywhere. He felt that they didn’t care at all. Online Stalkers Online stalkers aren’t anything new. Several users have come forward to share their encounters with stalkers. The question is what are the police doing about these situations? The Twitch streamers feel like there is nothing that can be done about the situation. Many explaining they can’t see the police doing anything about it unless something happens to them. SweetAnita explained she has gotten a restraining order but her stalker breaches it all the time. He stated this publicly last stream. Last time he left messages like this he sat outside my house waiting for me to come out all day, then followed me to a shop. When I asked if he was armed he silently smirked and then chased me. Two men had to grab him so that I could escape. pic.twitter.com/AK8HZpJoTs — Sweet Anita (@Tweet4nita) July 14, 2020 Charlie D’Amelio, a famous TikTok star, has also had multiple threats from online stalkers. Her family quickly hired security after receiving numerous threats and even pictures of someone standing outside her house. An Instagram influencer, Lovely Peaches, posted a video saying she paid a 30-year-old man to rape the 16-year-old influencer. SweetAnita finishes the video by saying she loves making content but she shouldn’t have to lose her life for it. She’s asking her viewers to get involved using the hashtag #stopstalking. The response has been overwhelmingly positive as viewers show their support. Do you think the police can do more to help in these situations? Should platforms be held accountable for taking proper precautions to help prevent this from happening?
President Trump has announced that he will not be extending the deadline for the sale of TikTok to an American company. The United States government has stated that they will officially not be extending the deadline of September 20th. This decision has caused both panic and anger for TikTok users and influencers on social media. It also creates urgency for companies to make negotiations faster in order to stop the app from being banned in the U.S. If they ban @TikTok_us, I’ll stop paying taxes. — Step Ma (@shumythemoney) September 11, 2020 As a result of this announcement, social media users are already discovering and sharing a hack to keep the app even if it were to be “banned.” As long as users have the app deleted and updated to its latest version prior to it being banned, Youtubers are trying to expose tricks and a hack for keeping the platform. [embedded content] Before Trump boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, he said: “We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it.” BREAKING REPORT: Trump say's There'll be NO EXTENSION of the TikTok deadline… "We'll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons or it'll be sold… — Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) September 11, 2020 Due to the sale’s complexity, this deadline is a bit rushed for companies to purchase it. Some analysts previously predicted that the deadline would most likely be extended in order for a successful transaction to occur. However, Trump’s administration has made it clear that the consequences of keeping it any longer outweigh the app’s benefits. In an executive order shared in August, Trump stated that ByteDance, the company that currently owns TikTok, may cause damage that would impact “the national security of the United States.” The President originally announced that he was going to ban the app back in July of this year. Since then, it has been amongst his main priorities for the country before the November election. This has caused some anger and backlash due to the importance of keeping the current global pandemic under control seemingly taking a back-burner. Isn’t tiktok supposed to be banned on the 15th?? Idk if it’ll actually happen bc trump lies a LOT but still what — ✰ ella ✰ (@hollyolly23) September 11, 2020 WATCH: 'I am not extending deadlines,' says President Trump on a sale of TikTok's U.S. assets https://t.co/wqWyLAppvC pic.twitter.com/o92rJvnYQO — Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) September 11, 2020 TikTok has sued the Trump administration for what it said was a “heavily politicized” executive order. In a post announcing the case, TikTok said: “We far prefer constructive dialogue over litigation. But with the Executive Order threatening to bring a ban on our US operations — eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection, and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic — we simply have no choice.” Microsoft is a potential buyer for the platform. However, it is unclear whether or not the two companies will be able to reach a deal by this closely approaching deadline. hurry up and buy tiktok — Kristi ✰ (@kristimathura) September 11, 2020 TikTok continues to grow in popularity and the idea of it going away is difficult for a lot of influencers and users. Many have taken to other apps such as Twitter to complain and express their hope for it to remain in The United States. TikTok is so good, and I’ll be sad if Trump really does ban it / if they have to sell to someone who will screw it up 🙁 — Zain (@calizoned) September 9, 2020 During the first few months of this year, the app was downloaded 315 million times. It currently has over 2 billion downloads around the world. Many have already referenced it as a “cultural phenomenon.” @tiktok_us please don't go, we need you😭😭😭 #savetiktok — Decarol (@itsbabydiva) September 11, 2020 The app being a “threat” to national security has caused major debate online. However, cybersecurity experts said its risk is “highly theoretical.” Also, they confirmed, according to CNN, that there is “no evidence to suggest that the app’s user data has been compromised by Chinese intelligence.” @tiktok_us For the record, if Trump’s stupid ban takes place you’re staying on my phone, and there’s nothing that orange man can do about it #savetiktok — Chris Green (@ChrisGreenJ) September 11, 2020 According to CNBC, Microsoft and Walmart have officially teamed up for a potential deal. However, a third company, Oracle, has also made bids on the application. We now have 4 days for Microsoft to buy TikTok again. Thanks Trump! You really do know how to put the D**k in dictator! #saveusmicrosoft #savetiktok — WholesomeWeeaboo (@SarahFye9001) September 11, 2020 @Microsoft BUY TIKTOK PLEASE IM BEGGING pic.twitter.com/UobQkowfA2 — ًr (@locatiqn) September 11, 2020 In a recent emailed statement by a TikTok spokesperson, it stated that the app and company is “committed to continuing to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform for many years to come.” Hey @tiktok_us should we be worried? If Tiktok gets banned, will all of our content disappear?!? Thank you! 😳😳😳@TikTokSupport #savetiktok #TikTok — Rob Flaska (Robs 🐜) (@RobFlaska) September 11, 2020 It seems as though yet another social media platform has been political. The deadline, however, may be able to be pushed back by the courts. This decision will only be able to be made after they consider ByteDance’s arguments that the executive orders regarding TikTok are illegal. Will you miss TikTok if it gets banned? The popular social media platform seems to have an unpredictable future when it comes to its future status in The United States. A deadline extension may be the only way for it to continue its existence.
It looks like the drama continues to revolve around The Hype House, just when we thought things were settling down. The TikTok personality collection have continued to ruffle the feathers of social media users with their controversial decisions yet again. Despite the scrutiny they have been under over the past few months, they are facing even more major backlash for deciding to collaborate with controversial rapper, Daniel Hernandez, better known as his stage name: Tekashi Six Nine. It’s the fact that the hype house made videos with 6ix9ine (the r*pist) and are continuing to make videos and not apologize and pretend it didn’t happen ….who gave them a platform — carrot (@caroline_tiff) September 11, 2020 Twitter and TikTok have not stopped talking about this collaboration since it was originally revealed. Creator and manager of The Hype House, Thomas Petrou, raised eyebrows this week when he decided to surprise influencers of The Hype House with a special visit from Tekashi Six Nine. This led to speculation that the popular influencers took part in this scheme to help him promote his recently released album TattleTales. IM LAUGHING 6ix 9ine and his album were flopping first week so the label decided to go to the hype house to promote his music but the whole hype house deleted their tik toks with him cause they were getting sm hate 😭😭 — odessa (@cruelxkarma) September 11, 2020 This is yet another controversial decision for members of The Hype House as well as manager Thomas Petrou. Due to Tekashi Six Nine’s problematic past, many music fans, celebrities and other influencers have steered clear of both him and his releases. Back in 2015, Tekashi made headlines when he plead guilty to a sex crime involving a minor and recently, he was also arrested on charges related to firearms and racketeering. y’all now i KNOW the hype house boys aren’t that desperate for clout that they’re all gonna collab w 6ix9ine :/ dap dap dap — the empress (@rebeccaclancey) September 9, 2020 The “TROLLZ” rapper previously admitted to also beating up his girlfriend and has caused debate for using the n-word in his songs. @6ix9ine STOP SAYING THE N-WORD. — immaculate. ᴺᴹ (@trayseasick) September 5, 2020 The controversy and contention revolving around Tekashi Six Nine has been going on for years now. And many believe that this is not the last time we will hear bad news about the hip-hop star. not thomas petrou letting 6ix9ine be in the hype house when it's full of minors — cristina,, (@talkfastmuke) September 8, 2020 While at The Hype House, he took part in creating some TikToks with a few of the Hype House members. These members include Tayler Holder, Olivia Ponton and Ondrez Lopez. Tayler and Olivia decided to post the TikToks created to their personal pages and even featured songs of Tekashi Six Nine’s while Ondrez was featured on Six Nine’s account. Since the videos were posted, Tayler Holder, Olivia Ponton and Ondrez Lopez have all deleted them from their accounts. However, none of the influencers have taken responsibility or apologized for their actions yet. NOT OLIVIA PONTON MAKING A TIKTOK WITH 6IX9INE OH MY GOD I AM DONE — S (@eemmaachambie) September 9, 2020 It is BEYOND me that Olivia Ponton ( @iamoliviaponton ) , a TikTok creator who is already very disliked, would make a video with a pedophile and non-Black person who uses the n-word, 6ix9ine.Additional proof: pic.twitter.com/StdXv8rl3s — Zaria Oates~ (@OatesZaria) September 9, 2020 In an interview with HollywoodFix, Tayler Holder said that the rapper was “dope” and “really genuine.” He continued to explain that he was a really nice guy and that he posted content from the visit. Holder also said that he didn’t think that collaborating with Six Nine was a “bad look” for the house. [embedded content] Many fans and other TikTok stars have openly disagreed with this decision on social media. Other influencers went as far as calling out The Hype House. ofc the hype house supports 6ix9ine — caleb finn 💧 (@ccalebfinn) September 9, 2020 Some pointed out the fact that there are young girls at The Hype House and this was not a great idea based on Six Nine’s criminal history. not the hype house inviting over 6ix9ine… aren't there underage girls there? /s — barbie (@jaewise) September 9, 2020 Unfortunately, this is not the first time that celebrities have looked past the rapper’s controversial past and decided to work with him. Other influencers, such as Logan Paul and NELK, have created content with him as well. Never forget that nobody in rap would interview 6ix9ine so he did a YouTuber press tour pic.twitter.com/rMQ0CfULvW — adam22 (@adam22) September 8, 2020 [embedded content] The Hype House and many influencers in general have a very young audience and following on social media. The criticism of them working with an ex-convict and also not wearing masks during their content with Tekashi Six Nine has caused an uproar online. out of alllll the people in the world, the hype house chooses to collab with 6IX9INE??? BRUH. — the truth luv (@thetruthluv1) September 10, 2020 Thomas Petrou’s Youtube video and vlog featuring the rapper remains online. Top comments on the video call Hernandez a “predator,” “pedophile” and “abusive.” [embedded content] Currently, Tekashi Six Nine is halfway through a four-year probation period and was recently released from house arrest for his firearm and racketeering charges from 2019. Social media users continue to bash The Hype House for this decision specifically on Twitter and TikTok. However, any formal apologies are still nonexistent. everyone in the hype house hanging out with 6ix9ine is is disgusting and gross. y’all have children who look up to you and you’re hanging out with a man who molested children he’s a pedophile and y’all posting this on your platform for clout… — chrishona ♡ (@vinniesstorms) September 9, 2020 hype house really says blm and then they go and hang out with 6ix9ine — 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗮ʷᵈʷ² (@DEARDEFENCE) September 11, 2020 Other current members of The Hype House include Avani Gregg, Tayler Holder, Chase Hudson, Alex Warren, James Wright and Jack Wright. Currently, Charli D’Amelio is not directly associated with the house at this time. What do you think about Tekashi Six Nine and his recent influencer PR campaign? Some TikTok users are deciding to unfollow the stars that were a part of this. Others are ending their support of The Hype House entirely.