Tag: TikTok (ByteDance)

Chanel, TikTok and the Beauty Advent Calendar Controversy

Hell hath no fury like a social media mob that thinks it has identified a luxury scam. Or so it seemed this weekend, when a series of viral TikTok videos involving an $825 Chanel advent calendar and the disappointed customer who bought it went viral, inspiring a multitude of users to call foul on the […]

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How TikTok Keeps You Watching

“This system means that watch time is key. The algorithm tries to get people addicted rather than giving them what they really want,” said Guillaume Chaslot, the founder of Algo Transparency, a group based in Paris that has studied YouTube’s recommendation system and takes a dark view of the effect of the product on children, […]

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‘Today’s Outfit Is Confidence’: Atypical TikTok Star Enchants Mexico

MEXICO CITY — At 49 years old and under five feet tall, Martha Izquierdo doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a TikTok influencer. But having survived sexual abuse, kidnapping, two bouts with cancer and two heart attacks, conquering social media was practically a cinch for this Mexican journalist. Ms. Izquierdo, who lives in a small […]

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The ‘13 Going on 30’ Versace Dress Has Come Full Circle

A funny thing happened on Nov. 8 on the set of “The Voice”: Ariana Grande, the show’s newest coach, came to work in a Versace dress that had been widely worn as a Halloween costume just a week earlier. The colorful minidress — with its crystallized straps, cutesy empire-waist cutouts and chunky stripes in shades […]

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What’s One of the Most Dangerous Toys for Kids? The Internet.

We all know how difficult it can be to close our social media apps and walk away from our devices. Just one more scroll, we tell ourselves. Just one more peek at a link. And then, suddenly, we’re deep down the rabbit hole of yet another feed. These apps are addictive by design. We know […]

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Grammys Snubs and Surprises: Kacey Musgraves, Jon Batiste and Abba

Rather than some shadowy cabal taking the members’ top vote-getters, considering them and then making their own final decision on the nominees anyway, the Recording Academy says these picks are pure: Whoever got the most votes from their music industry peers is who is appearing on the final ballot. Do you see that reflected here? […]

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Media for Parents that Doesn’t Make Me Hate Life

Because I cover parenting for work, I tend to avoid the subject in the media I consume for pleasure. On social media, a lot of the mom content is aspirational in a way that I find either boring, didactic or passive aggressive. Sometimes all three. Hey Mama! I make these beautiful and elaborate bento box […]

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Video of Salt Bae Serving Communist Leader Gold Steak Prompts Anger in Vietnam

A top Communist Party leader from Vietnam was in London last week visiting the grave of Karl Marx, the philosopher whose writing championed the proletariat fight to topple the ruling moneyed class. While there, the official, Gen. To Lam, also ate steak covered in 24-karat gold flakes at a restaurant run by the social media […]

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Missing Girl Is Rescued After Using Hand Signal From TikTok

Millions of people have seen videos featuring the signal on TikTok and YouTube, while organizations including the World Bank and the Women’s Funding Network have promoted it since April 2020. It began as a Covid-era lifeline for women in abusive relationships, intended to be used on video calls as a signal that others should check […]

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Popcast Mailbag! Halsey, Nicki, TikTok and, of Course, Taylor

Subscribe to Popcast!Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher You ask, we answer. Or prevaricate. It depends! On this week’s Popcast, part of our semiregular mailbag series, the team takes questions on a range of topics: the year in Taylor Swift the quality of Halsey’s new music the state of the music video the ways TikTok […]

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Mozzarella Sticks Are Having a Moment

Scroll TikTok for even just a few minutes, and you’re likely to encounter a video of gooey cheese being pulled into shiny, stretchy strands. It’s a mesmerizing moment — scientifically proven to release brain chemicals similar to the ones involved in addiction. The mozzarella stick is one of the most recognizable formats for this so-called […]

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Eating Disorders and Social Media Prove Difficult to Untangle

On Twitter, creators routinely share advice for crash diets and encourage disordered eating, and some amass tens of thousands of followers in the process. Twitter’s algorithms automatically suggest related accounts and topics for users to follow, based on the accounts they view. When a Twitter user views accounts that promote eating disorders, Twitter recommends topics […]

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Is It a Bones Day? Noodle Is Setting Today’s Mood.

On Monday, Noodle, a 13-year-old pug, sleepily rose from his bed. That meant one thing: It was a “bones day.” “You’ve got to treat yourself today,” the dog’s owner, Jonathan Graziano, 30, said, addressing viewers in a narrated TikTok video. “The Japanese fried chicken you were going to order for lunch? Get the curry to […]

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Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its ‘Pipeline’: Young Users

With the leadership changes, Facebook went all out to turn Instagram into a main attraction for young audiences, four former employees said. That coincided with the realization that Facebook itself, which was grappling with data privacy and other scandals, would never be a teen destination, the people said. Instagram began concentrating on the “teen time […]

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Attack on Teacher May Have Been Inspired by TikTok Challenge, Police Say

A Louisiana high school student is facing a felony charge of battery after she punched a teacher several times in a classroom on Wednesday, the authorities said, an attack that was recorded on video and may have been inspired by a TikTok challenge. The student, Larrianna Jackson, 18, who attends Covington High School, about 45 […]

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I Designed Algorithms at Facebook. Here’s How to Regulate Them.

That era seems quaint now. Our social media feeds are full of unbidden and fringe content, thanks to social media’s embrace of two key technological developments: personalization, spurred by mass collection of user data through web cookies and Big Data systems, and algorithmic amplification, the use of powerful artificial intelligence to select the content shown […]

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Will TikTok Make You Buy It?

The Pink Stuff, an abrasive cleaning paste for hard surfaces, was doing “absolutely nothing for 15 years,” said Henrik Pade, a managing director at its parent company Star Brands, headquartered in the United Kingdom. In 2017, it gained a little boost from cleaning influencers on Instagram and YouTube. The company, which at the time sold […]

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TikTok’s Oddly Satisfying Pool-Cleaning Videos

Some TikTok creators have become successful on the video platform by dancing, singing or performing everyday tasks. Miles Laflin has amassed 11 million followers by cleaning pools. Better known by his moniker, @thep00lguy, Mr. Laflin, a swimming pool engineer from Britain, posts short videos to his channel that take viewers through the often laborious process […]

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How Lip-Syncing Got Real

It is now perfectly acceptable for pop stars to lip-sync in live performances, as long as they supply a fantastical enough show in return. This spring, lip-syncing even ascended to the opera: In Opera Philadelphia’s short film “The Island We Made,” the “Drag Race” winner Sasha Velour appears as a spacey maternal spirit, channeling the […]

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TikTok Wants More Ad Dollars, and It Has a New Plan to Get Them

TikTok has an advertising problem. On Tuesday, the company rolled out a new plan to help deal with it. For years, homemade videos that function more or less like commercials have received hundreds of millions of views on the app — and in many of those cases, TikTok hasn’t earned a dime. In June, the […]

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Instagram Is Adult Entertainment

That libertarian’s argument, in this case, boils down to the idea that if you have a novel, obviously addictive technology that might well be associated with depression, narcissism and self-harm, you need to wait for absolute certainty in that association before you start thinking about limits on how kids use it, because once upon a […]

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A TikTok Subway Artist Finds His Way to the Lower East Side

At first, he posted time-lapse videos of his sketches-in-progress, set to a catchy song, offering viewers the chance to compare his portraits with their real-life inspirations — the pencil-shadow precision of the wrinkled jeans or the cockeyed face mask. He started getting more views but not as much as he hoped. “I was posting thinking, […]

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