In this week's newsletter: Questionable ads slip through TikTok's "strict" vetting policies, and Lauren shares what she's learned about the complicated politics of influencers and body image on social media.
Olivia Rodrigo's song is simple and pretty, and it gives young people permission to completely wallow in adolescence for a moment.
The head of product for TikTok in the US told BuzzFeed News this creative and powerful application from users is "inspiring."
In this week's newsletter: Influencers who remained silent in the aftermath of the insurrection felt just as loud as those who acknowledged it. It's a microcosm of the state of the country.
After spending weeks campaigning to overturn election results, Republicans are now saying they're shocked by the violence at the Capitol.
Three Women Accused Of Whitewashing Mahjong Said They're Sorry For Not Paying Homage To Its Chinese Origins
What began as criticism has now prompted Asian Americans to share stories and images of their family and community playing mahjong together.
Expanded Unemployment Benefits Are Expiring Because Trump Has Still Not Signed An Aid Bill, Leaving Millions Of Americans Vulnerable
Joe Biden called Trump's inaction an "abdication of responsibility" that could have "devastating consequences."
A Woman Is In A Dispute With Bumble Over A Photo Of Herself In A Bra, Which Is Only Allowed On The App If It's Taken Outside
"Swimsuit photos are acceptable if you're outside by the pool or on the beach as you're in a natural setting to be wearing a swimsuit," a Bumble representative said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
In this week's newsletter: Why Amazon sponsoring influencers' effort to give back to delivery drivers is troubling, and how internet stars are able to grow out of their family-friendly image with a lot more ease than traditional celebrities.
The company hopes to protect users who are vulnerable to financial abuse.
They came, they saw the coronavirus and fled, and they became canvases on which we projected our year's greatest anxieties and frustrations.
"Charley Frank Pride was not the first Black artist to make important contributions to country music ... but Pride was a trailblazer who emerged during a time of division and rancor."
The TikTok Sway House Boys’ Latest Charity Is Almost Making A Mockery Of Public Image Rehabilitation Campaigns
In this week's newsletter: Why Josh and Bryce's nice effort to give to the homeless feels predictable and exploitative, and the one reason I think Olivia Jade's Red Table Talk appearance was necessary (to viewers).
"Thinking about how 2020 gave us more Taylor Swift studio albums than government stimulus checks."
Maryn Short was trying a drink that had five shots of vanilla and three shots of caramel. She hopes her accidental video serves as a reminder to everyone of how prevalent the virus is.
In this week's newsletter: Stephanie asks an expert about the legitimacy of these giving sprees, and I (Tanya) attempt to draw a line in evolving TikTok ads.
OnlyFans Suspended YouTuber Gabi DeMartino's Account After She Sold A Video Of Herself As A Toddler Flashing The Camera
As many concerned people noted online, the video has serious ethical and legal implications.
Despite People Screaming “NO,” A Startup Is Sending Students To An Apparently COVID-19–Safe Campus Resort
The U Experience claims it's received a flood of excited applicants, but people online are wary. Some are calling the idyllic venture "Fyre University."
In this week's newsletter: How Scarlet Waters used TikTok, an app built on music and bytes, to make people soberly aware about deafness, and why I think more influencers than not are running their own fan accounts.
Tony Piloseno said he got job and collaboration offers from almost every major paint company, but he "really connected with" the founder of Florida Paints over a shared "passion for paint."