Caleb From West Elm Is Bad At Dating But Probably Didn't Deserve Being Pushed Through The TikTok Meat Grinder
We haven't fully grasped exactly what the power of a TikTok mob, fueled by a For You page, can do.
The Netflix reality star uploaded a handwritten apology to Instagram, causing a deep divide in reaction between Korean domestic and international fans.
“The close ties across the country means it isn't hard for things to spread — whether that be gossip, word games, or good public health measures to keep us safe during a pandemic.”
“It's still seen as something that's a big deal when we just want a new pair of leggings.”
"it’s giving kendall jenner pepsi."
“If I were to get COVID and come back home to my grandparents, who are at risk, I don’t even want to say it.”
Some people are trying throat swabs for their at-home rapid tests, but experts warn against that.
"The greatest of the 'Great Trees' has fallen."
A Mom Deleted A TikTok Of Herself Dancing In Front Of Her Newborn In A Hospital After Receiving Death Threats
"Dancing and having captions answering a comment is in line with content I've always created," Whitney Leavitt said.
Some refer to it as entering their Reputation era, and this week YouTube star Emma Chamberlain embraced it.
“Lord, please free my people from the hold of this illustration.”
In this week's newsletter: 🎶I ain't never been with a baddie 🎶, Vodka and Scotch TikTok, and Viola Davis and her love of boomer memes.
The feminine urge to document the most influential memes of the year.
In this week's newsletter: how TikTok is bringing food trends to a delivery app near you, and at close look at a new book on the influencer economy.
There's no better way to say, "I don't really like you" than with these tech gifts!
Anxious People Are Waiting Hours In Line In Frigid Temperatures To Get Preholiday COVID Tests, Only To Face Surprise Costs
“I told her I couldn't afford it and left,” said one person who was exposed to COVID but couldn’t pay $200 to see if they were positive.
A Marine Is Reflecting On The Viral Photo Of A Kentucky Movie Theater That Was Shredded By A Tornado
"I haven’t been able to find one word to describe everything.”
“We just pulled back the curtain on a very gate-kept art form,” Grammy nominee Emily Bear said of her and Abigail Barlow’s Bridgerton musical concept album.
“You’re a guy with a handlebar mustache — can’t you just say 'fuck Joe Biden'?”
In this week's newsletter: the trio of young Muslim sisters who've gained millions of followers with their hilarious and wholesome humor.
With the show’s “girlboss” songs becoming a meme, Selling Sunset’s music supervisor revealed how they look for music that has themes of “female empowerment” and is “feisty.” And, yes, all the songs are real.
“Becky with the good quote.”
Activists Are Calling Out Fast Fashion Brand PrettyLittleThing For Its Cyber Monday 100% Off Promotion
“I'm not here to shame any individuals on how they shop because I think the onus is on brands,” said one sustainable fashion campaigner.
"It was like an adult sleepover!”
Theater buffs mourned the loss of the legendary songwriter behind influential musicals like West Side Story and Sweeney Todd.
In this week's newsletter: the mutual aid between influencers and photographers.
"Team Copyright is always trying to keep cyberspace safe and beautiful,” claimed the group, which spent its time filing fraudulent copyright infringement notices.
It also meant the 85-minute historic milestone became the butt of jokes on social media.
In this week's newsletter: Kim's confusing alignment with a social media practice that's stained with controversy and a shoutout to a fantastic TikTok account for a bird conservation organization.
How FaceApp and Toni Collette led to a revealing meme in the LGBTQ community about digital culture beauty standards and reality itself.
In this week's newsletter: How the Travis Scott x BetterHelp partnership could have better served those in need of therapy, instead of it reading like a big promotional opportunity. (And how fun some influencers made the NYC marathon!)
Travis Scott Updated His Instagram Bio With The Wrong Phone Number For Astroworld Survivors Seeking Mental Health Services
Scott adjusted his bio to the mental health hotline after BuzzFeed News reached out for comment.
The gesture, which involves tucking in the thumb into the open palm and closing the four other fingers over the thumb, was developed to help domestic violence survivors.
In one part of this week's newsletter: Content and commercials are getting prettier, but the line discerning them is getting blurrier.
Chanel "ripped off the same community she claimed to care about,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.
A TikTok About “Trauma Dumping” Went Viral. Here’s What Therapists Want You To Know About That Term.
Ilene Glance, who works with young adults and specializes in trauma treatment, said she was trying to be “cute” in the video.
“I don’t want to go on social media and feel like I’m not a whole person looks-wise.”
The Somali Artist Behind The TikTok Hit "I Love You More Than My Life" Said Her Phone Hasn't Stopped Ringing
“Wallahi, I felt happy, elated. I felt like the world had finally recognized me."
Top Black Model Leomie Anderson Had To Do Her Own Hair And Makeup For A Runway Show And Here’s Why That’s A Problem
“I'll see an artist’s kit, and it's literally just catered for white to light-skinned models,” one Black makeup artist said.
In this week's newsletter: A copyright complaint about a Rage Against the Machine song shows how nuanced and restrictive these cases are on the platform.
A concentrated set of users drive 70% of the hate content targeting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a new analysis found.
“I know people are going to be like, Look at this dum-dum taking pictures of his breakfast, but it just proves it’s all new to me.”
"There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins," the actor said on Twitter.
Young People, Especially Young Women, Are Reporting Concerning Medical And Behavioral Changes Due To Social Media, And I Hope We’re Paying Attention
In part one of this week's newsletter: Why people are already dismissing a Wall Street Journal article about teens developing severe tics after watching numerous TikToks from influencers diagnosed with Tourette syndrome.
Domestic Violence Survivors Are Turning To Social Media After Gabby Petito’s Death To Support Each Other And Pass On The Warning Signs
“We focus on the crime, and then everybody forgets about it. We need more discussion, that’s what’s missing,” said one strangulation survivor.
“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland.”
“The devil works hard, but we work harder.”
In one-part of this week's newsletter: Anna Sacks used a tongue-in-cheek "unboxing" video to galvanize people to tag @Coach and put pressure on the company to speak to its questionable practices. But she reminds us that social media activism is only a starting point.
Southwest Airlines And The Pilots Union Say Vaccine Mandates Had Nothing To Do With The Massive Flight Cancellations
False rumors online suggested the cancellations may have been linked to pilots walking off the job or calling in sick to protest mandatory vaccinations for COVID-19.
“I plan to have my own website soon so people can order off that,” said one jewelry designer. “I cannot control Instagram.”
"A phenomenal talent, his work on Bridgerton season one was unrivaled, and he was a much-loved member of the crew."
In one-part of this week's newsletter: Emily Kim delivers an epic thesis about piety and a certain kind of lifestyle influencer in under three minutes.
Sarah Jessica Parker Broke Her Silence With A Moving Tribute To Her "Sex And The City" Costar Willie Garson
"Sometimes silence is a statement," Parker wrote in an Instagram post honoring Garson's life.
"Instagram vs. Twitter."
A Small YouTube Account Believes A Much Larger Channel Is Gaming The System To Successfully Pull Down Videos That Criticize It
In this week's newsletter: Prank channel Nelk Boys has used "copyright" to successfully pull down a video about them twice, and how one man running a popular Peloton TikTok account has done the marketing work for the company.
A search continued Thursday for Brian Laundrie, who disappeared after telling his family he was going on a hike in a Florida nature reserve.
These Sisters Promised Their Brother A "Power Rangers"–Themed Birthday And Here’s What Happened When They Followed Through 16 Years Later
“Once I walked into that door and I realised that this is the Power Rangers party that I'd been promised, it just brought out that little kid again. It was amazing.”
"She said 'I GOT YO TEA!!'"
TikTok’s Obsession With The Gabby Petito Case Is Sparking A Debate Over How Much True Crime Fans Are Really Helping
A woman who was impacted by a high-profile crime in the past is calling out online sleuths while police are questioning why some people with potentially key information are turning to social media first.
In this week's newsletter: IG missed a big opportunity to mint its own creators on a worldwide stage, and imagining how Apple Fitness+ will learn from/come for Peloton.
The Mystery Of "Van Life" YouTuber Gabby Petito's Disappearance Has Deepened After Her Partner Was Named A Person Of Interest
Police said they tried to speak with Brian Laundrie about the sudden disappearance of his 22-year-old fiancé but were only given the name and phone number of his attorney.
Wealth is omnipresent on the new Hulu reality series The D’Amelio Show, and in the lives of powerhouse influencer families generally. So why won’t they address it?
"It's classic appropriation," the owner of the trademark for the phrase said. "We're talking about people with a lot of privilege. It really would have been so easy for us to link arms and lift each other up."
Addison Rae Fans Joked That She Wore Kourtney Kardashian’s Dress From The 2019 Kardashian/Jenner Christmas Bash To This Year’s Met Gala After A Side-By-Side Comparison Of The Two Went Viral
Many fans quickly pointed out that Addison’s debut Met Gala gown bore striking similarities to another iconic celebrity dress after pictures of Kourtney Kardashian’s Christmas fit from a couple of years ago began to resurface.
Britney Spears Took Her Instagram Page Down After Posting About Waiting More Than 13 Years To Be Free
"Again ... team #FreeBritney you guys fucking kick ass 💪🏼 !!!!!" the 39-year-old pop star wrote in her last post.
"THIS is what people should be doing with access and privilege. Very dope of him."
The Met Gala Guest List Sparked A Huge Debate About “Elitism” And Which Celebrities Should Be Invited After This Year’s Red Carpet Saw More YouTubers And TikTokers Than Ever
The influx of Gen Z TikTokers and YouTube stars — like Addison Rae and Emma Chamberlain — who secured coveted invites to this year's star-studded event has sparked a discussion about the “elitist” nature of the Met Gala.
“Marsha P Johnson paved the way for so many of us, and I hope I made my community proud tonight."
It started with Nicki Minaj announcing that she wouldn't be going to the Met Gala this year and then descended into memes about swollen testicles.
The song will be in both English and Korean; the lyrics were written by Coldplay and BTS.
Twitch Is Suing Two Users For Alleged Harassment Against People Of Color And LGBTQ People On The Platform
The lawsuit alleges that the users bombarded streamers with a torrent of racist, sexist, anti-gay content and kept creating new accounts to avoid being banned.
Allen Ma, a Taiwanese American rapper and member of the boy band Cravity, sparked backlash for saying K-pop “appreciates — not appropriates — many different cultures.”
The Texas Abortion Ban Has Led To Confusion Over Access To Emergency Contraception, And Experts Are Worried
“It is reopening a wound of realizing there's a movement that does not believe in reproductive autonomy,” one advocate said.
“So when are all ya’ll manicure detectives starting your new gigs with the FBI?”
What This Week’s “Bachelor In Paradise” Debacle Should Teach Everyone About How The Influencer Economy Actually Works
It's hard to get followers, it's harder to maintain them.
There’s a dark horse for the title of the online celeb with the potential for the most mainstream success: Peloton's biggest star.
Addison Rae Has Just Signed A Huge Multi-Film Contract With Netflix Weeks After Receiving Major Backlash For Her Acting Debut In “He’s All That”
The news comes after Addison’s acting debut in Netflix's He’s All That was largely met with harsh criticism from viewers, with some describing her performance as “beyond terrible.”
A Texas law that bans abortions at 6 weeks of pregnancy just went into effect.
The Other Two co-creator Chris Kelly and actor Noam Ash talked with BuzzFeed News about the episode that left gay viewers reeling.
Influencers Say A Sex Toy Company Has Been Hiring Them To Market Its Products But Delaying Paying Them
Creators who have worked with Ooh! Companion on sponsored content deals told BuzzFeed News they have spent weeks or months chasing down payments from the brand, with some saying they were only paid after threatening legal action.
Janae Gagnier, known as Miss Mercedes Morr on social media, was found dead in Texas after police responded to a welfare check.
A Woman Re-Created The Iconic Nicole Kidman Divorce Look To Celebrate Her Own Divorce Being Finalized
Liz Maupin said the 2001 photo of Kidman represented "relief and freedom."
It Was Supposed To Be A Benign TikTok On “Botanical Sexism,” But Then It Spiraled Into A Huge Social Media Debate
Do cities really favor male trees over their female counterparts? Why? And what are the implications? As TikToker Ellie Botoman found out, everyone has an opinion.
The challenge has already been banned from TikTok.
After Black Lives Matter protests broke out across the country, sororities promised to do better for their Black members. But many believe the sentiments are hollow.
The CDC has recommended the COVID vaccine for teens, while the FDA expects a fall or winter authorization for kids under 12.
In this week's newsletter: OnlyFans missed two opportunities to acknowledge the damage it caused to creators who helped bring them to investors' tables. Plus, Taylor Swift is on TikTok and I am optimistic about it.
Someone reported that a sexual assault had occurred Monday night. Soon, thousands gathered to protest.
The lawsuit claims that the star’s record label said it would not approve the remix unless it received a fee of $100,000, which Megan would not be entitled to.
OnlyFans' Ban On Adult Content Cost Sex Workers Followers And Money. Now The Company Says It's Changed Its Mind.
"Every single dime that company has made has revolved around porn whether they want to admit it or not ... I think it’s hilarious now watching them try to pick up the pieces from a vase they threw at the wall."
People who operate on the fringes of Instagram’s community guidelines say they’ve resorted to desperate measures after losing their accounts, turning to dealers who say they have a back door to the platform.
"I am going to have to rebuild everything from scratch if OnlyFans kicks sex workers and lewd creators off the platform."
The conference was supposed to be hosted by TikTok for the first time. Organizers are still planning for a 2022 in-person event.
Richards drew backlash over comments he made about women, lawsuits from his time at The Price Is Right, and criticism accusing him of rigging the Jeopardy host selection.
How One Influencer’s Handling Of Her Mom’s Serious COVID-19 Case Turned Into Backlash That Is Threatening To Ruin Her Career
The scandal tells us a lot about the minefields internet celebrities face and how they are held accountable for their actions.
In this week's newsletter, I grapple with the industry moving toward faster lines of e-commerce, which is natural, for how unnaturally automaton-like the shopping experience will become.
The new policy takes effect Oct. 1.