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Ex-TikTok Workers: 85 Hours of Meetings Is the Norm

To say it sounds like employees work a lot is an understatement

(Newser) - "Relentless productivity and secrecy" seem like two things that might be common to plenty of tech companies. But in the telling of a number of TikTok employees, who came to the social media behemoth from elsewhere in tech, the degree to which those are demanded at TikTok is "...

Dolly Parton's Love for Taco Bell Just Reached New Heights

Country music icon will star in TikTok production about fast-food chain's revived Mexican Pizza

(Newser) - Never did we think we'd be writing "Dolly Parton," "Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza," "TikTok," and "musical" in one sentence, but here we are, explaining just exactly how all those words are coming together. On the heels of the announcement that the...

Electrocution Kills 2 Making Art That's a TikTok Trend

Experts caution woodburning process isn't safe at home

(Newser) - The deaths of two people in Wisconsin are being blamed on electrocution caused by a woodburning technique that's popular on TikTok but banned by a trade group. The bodies of Tanya Rodriguez, 44, and James Carolfi, 52, were found after a house fire, but the Marathon County Sheriff's...

No More TikTok, PUBG in Afghanistan
Taliban: No More TikTok

Taliban: No More TikTok

Afghanistan's rulers say young people are being led astray

(Newser) - The Taliban has been outlawing various products and activities since taking power in Afghanistan. TV shows with women in them were banned last fall, per CNN . Wine fell out of favor earlier this month. The latest prohibition reaches young people, the BBC reports: The use of TikTok and PUBG is...

A Teen TikTok Star, an Obsessed Fan. One Ended Up Dead

The 'New York Times' speaks with Ava Majury and her family

(Newser) - "We chose what’s best for our family. We know there are going to be two sides, and some people won’t understand." The New York Times lays out the sides in the story of Ava Majury, a then-13-year-old who downloaded TikTok during the pandemic and quickly established...

Moderator Sues TikTok Over 'Extreme' Videos She Watched

Candie Frazier says she suffered psychological trauma over 'graphic' content she had to view

(Newser) - As part of her job for Canadian tech company TELUS International, Candie Frazier sifted through videos for TikTok, serving as a third-party moderator to make sure the most disturbing content didn't stay online. Now Frazier is suing, with a complaint she hopes will go class action, accusing the social...

It Began With a Bobby Pin. Now She Has a New Home

TikTokker Demi Skipper describes 'surreal' trading spree that nabbed her a Nashville abode

(Newser) - A few months into the coronavirus pandemic, Demi Skipper offered up a bobby pin for trade. She's been trading up ever since, acquiring an Xbox, a diamond necklace, and several cars. But the 30-year-old San Francisco resident, who amassed 5 million followers while documenting her trades with strangers on...

Teen Brand Quits Social Media: 'Something Has to Change'

Lush will shutter IG, FB, TikTok, Snapchat on Black Friday, won't come back til user safety is improved

(Newser) - While most brands are revving up their social media for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the holiday shopping season, one teen favorite just made a shocking announcement: It's shuttering its social media entirely on the day after Thanksgiving. At least for now, says Lush Cosmetics—known...

After 22 Years in Jail, Dad-Daughter TikTok Dance Goes Viral

Justine Tuckett reunites with dad Bill Lorance

(Newser) - Justine Tuckett was 5 years old when her father was sent to prison for murdering his stepfather in 1999. Over the next 22 years, Bill Lorance would miss her many dance recitals and her wedding. "When I was younger every time I blew out my birthday candles, I would...

Teen Girls With Tics Had One Thing in Common

They watched a lot of TikTok videos

(Newser) - About a decade ago in upstate New York, a group of teen girls inexplicably developed tics—verbal outbursts, twitches, etc.—for no apparent reason. The phenomenon in Le Roy was diagnosed as a case of "mass psychogenic illness." The incident is cited by both the Wall Street ...

Why Everyone Is Watching a 13-Year-Old Pug on TikTok

For one thing, Noodle approves of laying around most of the time

(Newser) - Thousands if not millions of people are apparently deciding what to do on any given day based on whether an old pug decides to use his legs or not. For years, New York City's Jonathan Graziano has been playing a game with his 13-year-old pug, Noodle, called "bones...

'Slap a Teacher' Challenge Pulls in More Victims

But TikTok insists the challenge didn't originate on its platform

(Newser) - Teachers' groups , local authorities , and law enforcement continue to warn against the newest supposed TikTok challenge— one that involves hitting teachers —but the social media platform is now saying it doesn't think the dare originated on TikTok. Teachers in Missouri and South Carolina are among those who'...

Latest TikTok Challenge Sees Teachers Assaulted

Connecticut AG says platform must reform

(Newser) - TikTok users have been compelled to set themselves on fire and choke themselves until they pass out or die . Now, the trend of dangerous social media challenges continues with a new call to abuse teachers. "Educators beware!" the California Teachers Association warned Tuesday, noting a challenge spreading on...

Teen's Video Inadvertently Affects Thousands of Studies
Teen's Video Inadvertently
Affects Thousands of Studies
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Teen's Video Inadvertently Affects Thousands of Studies

Sarah Frank's tips on 'side hustles' led to a deluge at site used by social scientists

(Newser) - The Verge has a strange tale about how a well-meaning teenager inadvertently messed up more than 4,000 social science studies. In July, Sarah Frank posted a video on TikTok giving advice on how to make extra cash through "side hustles." In one of her tips, she suggested...

It's a Huge Milestone for TikTok
It's a Huge Milestone for TikTok

It's a Huge Milestone for TikTok

App reaches 1 billion monthly active users, for 45% growth since July 2020

(Newser) - TikTok is celebrating a huge accomplishment: recruiting one in 7.5 people on the planet to tune in to its videos each month. The company announced it had reached 1 billion monthly active users in a Monday blog post , while Chief Operating Officer Vanessa Pappas thanked users in—what else?—...

Web Host Terminates Site for Reporting Abortions

GoDaddy says Texas Right to Life violated privacy rules

(Newser) - People incensed by a Texas Right to Life website for anonymously reporting women who had sought abortions asked to speak to the manager, and it worked. While TikTok users and Redditors flooded the site with fake tips, other people went straight to the top. The site’s host, GoDaddy, has...

Doctors Across the US: Please Don't Do Milk Crate Challenge

Viral videos show people wiping out while trying to ascend towers of milk crates

(Newser) - If you were wondering if August might come to a close without a stupid , silly , or downright dangerous social-media-driven fad making the rounds, put those fears to rest—the "milk crate challenge" is here. And it's a combination of all three (stupid, silly, and dangerous), with some platforms...

TikTok Personality Dies After Shooting in Theater

Anthony Barajas and Rylee Goodrich, who died last week, were watching 'The Forever Purge'

(Newser) - Anthony Barajas, a TikTok personality who was shot last week at a movie theater in California, died Saturday. He had been on life support since the attack Monday night, BuzzFeed reports. Barajas, 19, and Rylee Goodrich, 18, were found shot in the head after a screening of The Forever Purge ...

4th Child's Death Blamed on TikTok Challenge

Latest is a 12-year-old boy in Oklahoma

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy has died in Oklahoma after reportedly taking part in a TikTok challenge in which participants choke themselves until they pass out. Police officers were called just before midnight Monday to an apartment building in Bethany, where they found the boy unconscious and not breathing, with ligature marks...

Embarrassing Call to Fire Dept.: 'I Am Stuck in a Metal Chair'

27-year-old Sydney Jo of Ann Arbor, Mich., got in over her head while filming a video earlier this month

(Newser) - A Michigan woman with a rather unusual vocation recently found herself in quite the predicament when content she was trying to create ended with a humiliating call to the fire department. It seems that 27-year-old Sydney Jo of Ann Arbor is a Houdini of sorts, often recording herself trying to...

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