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    CRIMINAL gangs are targeting so-called “Insta-bragging” Bitcoin traders and influencers after they have flaunted their wealth on social media. While many people cultivate an apparent opulent and glamorous lifestyle – wrapped in excessive wealth and abundant luxury – it can draw the attention of robbers as well as adoring fans. Instagram 10 Eleonora Incardona’s social media was used by the criminals to break into her home Refer to Caption 10 Burglars targeted crypto trader Kieren Hamilton’s home after posting flash pictures on social media. Instagram / @dilettaleotta 10 Diletta Leotta was targeted as thugs studied her Instagram shots Experts believe around 8 per cent of people could be targeted by criminals due to what they share on social media – even using picture to pick out loot, or to find entry points to people’s homes. And meanwhile its believed 78 per cent of burglars use social media to case potential victims. In the most high-profile case, Kim Kardashian was targeted while she was staying in a Paris apartment in October 2016. The gang, dressed as cops,...
    Biden to announce vaccine rules for federal employees; Disney tells visitors to mask up starting Friday: COVID-19 updates Spanish judge recommends Shakira face tax fraud trial By Anna Irrera Load Error LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) - Ian Rogers used to be in charge of digital strategy for luxury fashion group LVMH. Now he has a new mission: to sprinkle some aspirational glitz on to French cryptocurrency company Ledger. Rogers' new role, to transform Ledger into a consumer brand with viral potential, shows how young consumer finance companies are not only embracing the latest social media channels but also choosing executives and marketing strategies more often associated with lifestyle brands. "The Ledger product is designed well: it has the best and most thoughtful security," said Rogers, who started his career as webmaster for the Beastie Boys' website and later became chief executive of headphone maker Beats. "What it doesn't have is a go to market approach that feels like it was done by Nike or Apple. That's what we need to do." Fintechs are using celebrity investors, social media...
    More On: TikTok TikToker finds mealworms in new box of Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal This is how many Olympians it takes to break the infamous cardboard beds Matt Gaetz’s future sister-in-law slams ‘pedophile’ ​congressman on TikTok: report Woman says she was refused entry to garage over ‘inappropriate’ top A little virality can mean a lot of new customers, restaurateurs are learning.  A corner of TikTok has become something like the social media video equivalent of the revered Zagat Survey, with influencers highlighting their favorite NYC eateries — and causing some serious results.  “We went viral on TikTok,” Fanerra Dupree, owner of Brooklyn’s Black Nile restaurant, told Crain’s of a recent uptick in business at the soul food joint. “A blogger came in and ate our food and did a video. We didn’t know until people started coming in.” A clip of Black Nile’s crab-smothered fried chicken has so far racked up over 390,000 views, cementing the dish as a too-popular-to-remove option on the restaurant’s menu.  In addition to bringing patrons to restaurants, local food review videos have also become an...
    Cosmetic surgery — specifically Botox injections — has shot up in popularity over the last 20 years. The increase can be partly attributed to influencers and beauty editors, who often post about the procedure. But the relationship between the two parties can be murky, raising ethical questions about the responsibility of disclosure. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In media, influencer, and fashion-adjacent circles, it often feels like everyone — or close to everyone — is poking, lifting, and plumping their way to facial perfection.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the total number of cosmetic procedures has increased 131% since 2000. Botox, an injection made from botulinum toxin that's primarily used to slow the development of fine lines and wrinkles, is near the top of the pack: it has skyrocketed in popularity by 459% in the past 20 years. In 2020, it became the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure in America. This surge can be partly attributed to influencers and beauty editors, who often get the service — which can cost as much as a...
    Maeve Madden showing her stomach first thing in the morning (left), and at the end of the day. Instagram/Maeve Madden Self-love influencers want people to know it's normal for bodies to fluctuate each day. Maeve Madden and Sara Puhto have posted videos showing how their stomachs change form morning to night. Madden said her weight can change by five to six pounds each day. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Influencers are posting videos to demonstrate how their bodies change over the course of the day. In the videos, the Instagrammers show their followers how they may have a flat stomach first thing in the morning, but that changes as they eat and drink. Sara Puhto, who has 383,000 followers on Instagram, posted a video to remind people that bodies fluctuate throughout the day. A post shared by Sara Puhto | body acceptance (@saggysara)   She also showed how different her stomach can look when relaxed compared to sucking in. "Bodies/tummies will all look different depending on so many factors like water, food, stress,...
    More On: south korea Kim Jong Un’s sister dismisses US expectations for nuclear talks ‘Even North Korea is not this nuts’: Defector slams ‘woke’ Columbia Hello? North Korea isn’t answering South Korea’s calls: report Building collapse in South Korea kills 9, injures 8 SEOUL, South Korea — The freshest faces among South Korean influencers are no longer the usual, 20-something celebrities. Instead, entertainment and social media are focusing on a new generation: the elder generation. Older women were once invisible in South Korean entertainment as the industry stuck to rigidly conservative traditional female roles and cast them only as devoted mothers. But older women are front and center in recent advertising and entertainment series. A pioneer in the trend is Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung, the 74-year-old “Minari” actor who promotes Oriental Brewery beer and the Zig Zag shopping app in two recent ad campaigns. The beer video highlights the novelty of its spokesperson, who says: “For someone like me to be on a beer ad, the world has gotten so much better.” With a Cass beer in her hand, Youn says...
    The Social Gloves YouTubers vs. TikTokers event took social media boxing to the next level. It surprised and exceeded expectations on several levels.  Most of my Saturday nights are spent in the same fashion—camped out in front of my T.V., analyzing and recapping boxing action. Saturday, June 12, was no different. The ESPN main event between Shakur Stevenson and Jeremiah Nakathila shined on my wall, but I also decided to give the Social Gloves YouTubers vs. TikTokers event a look. I was surprised by what that show had to offer. YouTubers vs. TikTokers didn’t sell out the Hard Rock Stadium, but they did keep the social media and digital spotlight on themselves all night. That might mean a lot more than ticket sales, especially if it translated to pay-per-view buys. As for professional boxing, Stevenson showed skill but failed to entertain against Nakathila. That’s not entirely his fault. It takes two to tango in the ring. The YouTubers and TikTokers didn’t show all that much skill, but they certainly entertained. It was an odd inverse between the two fight cards...
    (CNN)While YouTubers and TikTokers are usually in a fight for followers, this Saturday night, the battle gets physical.LiveXLive Media, a global platform for livestream and on-demand content, is putting on "Social Gloves: Battle of the Platforms." Stars from YouTube and TikTok will face off in a series of boxing matches at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.The playersThe main event will feature Austin McBroom from the YouTube channel, The ACE Family, and TikTok star Bryce Hall.Here are the other matches: Read More YouTuber AnEsonGib vs TikToker Tayler Holder YouTuber Deji vs TikToker Vinnie Hacker YouTuber DDG vs TikToker Nate Wyatt YouTuber FaZe Jarvis vs TikToker Michael Le YouTuber Tanner Fox vs TikToker Ryland Storms The free pre-show undercard matchups are Landon McBroom vs Ben Azelart and Ryan Johnston vs Cale Saurage.DJ Khaled, Lil Baby, Migos, Trippie Redd and Latto will also perform live.How to watchFloyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul box for eight rounds in exhibition pay-per-view fightSocial Gloves: Battle of the Platforms starts at 7 p.m. ET and is available to stream by pay-per-view, which costs $49.99....
    The YouTubers vs. TikTokers battle of the platforms press conference descended into an all out brawl yesterday ahead of a celebrity boxing match between Bryce Hall and Austin McBroom.  The pair are due to meet in the ring on June 12 but could not wait that long as they began trading insults during the pre-fight promotion event in West Hollywood.   TikTok star Hall appeared to start the fight, jumping up from his chair, lunging across the presenters, and shoving YouTuber McBroom.  McBroom later promised the brawl was not staged for publicity saying: 'None of this s*** was staged. This s*** is real. He's getting knocked the f*** out.'  Austin McBroom (left) and Bryce Hall (right) ended up in a brawl yesterday after Hall lunged at his opponent during a YouTubers vs. TikTokers press conference ahead of their celebrity boxing match on June 12 TikTok star Hall and YouTuber McBroom were trading insults at the even at Fred Segal in West Hollywood while promoting the match-up next month when tempers boiled over Hall appeared to start the fight, jumping...
    The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine became a target of conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns as soon as it was announced, reaching millions of people on sites like Twitter, Reddit and 4chan, according to a recent analysis from a cyber defense firm. COVID-19 conspiracy narratives, like the false belief that the vaccine was delayed for political reasons, flourished on social networks in the fall and early winter, according to the New York tech security firm Blackbird. The firm created an algorithm to analyze posts in real-time by hunting for signals of what CEO Wasim Khaled calls "synthetic amplification," which indicate activity by botnets and anti-vaccination influencers.  These bogus notions about the vaccines, amplified by a relatively small number of fake accounts and real influencers, reached millions of people, Khaled said.  An algorithm discovered that COVID-19 conspiracies increased as the Pfizer vaccine was announced in 2020. Blackbird AI Botnets and inauthentic accounts — automated accounts not actively managed by humans — have behavioral signatures that are easy for AI to identify, but hard for social networks to eradicate. Companies like Facebook and...
    AN INFLUENCER couple have been slammed for cancelling their adoption as their baby “can’t appear on YouTube for a year.” A video has resurfaced of Nikki and Dan Phillippi updating their followers on their adoption process. 6Nikki and Dan Phillippi have come under fire for cancelling adopting a baby as they couldn't appear on YouTube for a yearCredit: Nikki Phillippi/Youtube In the clip, which was uploaded in 2018 but has been recently shared on Reddit, Californian Nikki said that they were intending to adopt a child from Thailand. However, she revealed plans were put on hold after she and Dan were told the country has “unique laws” regarding babies adopted from there.  Nikki said: "After you pick up your child, they are your child but you are not allowed to talk about them or share any images, photos, videos, anything about them online for a year.” Dan added: "I mean Nikki's got a YouTube channel and we share a whole lot.” 6The clip was uploaded in 2018 but has been recently shared on RedditCredit: Nikki Phillippi/Youtube 6Californian Nikki said that...
    The CEO of an influencer management company who is accused of bullying TikTok stars, forcing them to go on dates and making jibes about their periods is an ultra-private former real estate agent who ironically appears to shun all social media. Amir Ben-Yohanan, 48, had no prior experience of the world of teen influencers before co-founding Clubhouse Media Group (CMG) in January 2020. The father-of-four admitted in a December interview he thought of TikTok as kids 'messing around' and 'looked down on it.' But, after moving to Los Angeles and seeing how 'obsessed' his children were with that world, he decided he wanted to cash in on what he saw as the modern-day 'Gold Rush' or 'Wild West'.   CMG offers young influencers the opportunity to stay rent-free at so-called 'content mansions' in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Europe in exchange for creating branded social media content.  It was co-founded by Ben-Yohanan in early 2020 and launched its first location that March - a huge house in Beverly Hills, dubbed Clubhouse BH, which rents for $42,000 a month - with the help of COO Simon...
    Bianca Renee; Lacy Redway; Nia Pettitt; Joyjah Estrada; Insider If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. For people with curly hair patterns, there are a huge variety of methods for cleansing, conditioning, and styling. We talked to some curly influencers to get the rundown on how they care for their crowns. Check out their routines, and the products they swear by, below. Taking care of curly and coily hair requires a lot more attention than straight hair. In a world that's just starting to learn how to appreciate curly and coily hair, it's helpful to see how others celebrate and take care of their crowns. We spoke to a handful of curly hair influencers who are sharing their knowledge and experiences with their followings across the internet. Each of them shares their wash day routine, styling steps, and some of their favorite products to cleanse, moisturize, and define their hair. Popular Reviews Best mattresses according to experts Best iPhones to buy in 2021 Best robot vacuums for every home...
    Jake Paul, Onision, and Jeffree Star all made the list Getty/YouTube An Insider poll shows the top 10 most disliked influencers currently online. The Paul brothers, Keemstar, and Onision are still on the list after the first poll in December. New additions include The ACE Family and Lovely Peaches. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An influencer doesn't need to be liked to be profitable: Controversy, scandal, and unlikability can be major factors in driving engagement and views. Some of the most popular creators on the internet are frequently the most controversial, growing their infamy with each hot take or disliked video, as evidenced by a recent Insider poll.  Insider surveyed over 1,000 people through SurveyMonkey Audience to find out which of over 75 influencers are the most well-known, liked, and disliked online. Insider previously conducted a similar poll in December 2020. Here are the top 10 most-disliked influencers, according to Insider's poll.  10. David Dobrik David Dobrik Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images Starting off the list is David Dobrik, the YouTuber with 18.4 million subscribers and founder...
    Amy Sussman/KCA2021/Getty Images for Nickelodeon The Vlog Squad rape allegation scandal took a serious hit on David Dobrik's reputation. New data from an Insider poll shows Dobrik's unfavorability increased by 24%. Previously, Dobrik was one of top-20 most-liked influencers; now he's one of the most disliked. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An explosive scandal that rocked the YouTube world has left David Dobrik's reputation in tatters, a new Insider poll shows. Dobrik's favorability ranking fell by 25% after an Insider investigation surfaced allegations from a woman who said a former member of the Vlog Squad, the influencer crew led by Dobrik, raped her while filming a video for Dobrik's channel. Before the scandal, Dobrik placed no. 13 among the top most-liked influencers in an Insider poll of 1,040 respondents. His name was recognized by 14% of those surveyed with 49% having a favorable opinion of him. Just over one month after Insider published those results, the investigation into rape allegations against former Vlog Squad member Dom Zeglaitis, AKA Durte Dom, was published. In Insider's second influencer...
    Browsing Amanda Finnie’s Instagram page, I’m not quite sure where to look. In one video, she is posing in a pair of mini-avocado print knickers – and little else. She turns around to give viewers a close-up of her perfectly rounded, exposed buttock which remains on screen for ten seconds. Finnie is an athlete, according to her biog. In the caption for this particular post, she writes: ‘Here’s my current shape... this past month I have probably trained the hardest I have ever in my life.’ In other clips shared with her 300,000 followers she is exercising in spray-on leggings and tops that stick to every curve and bump. More often than not, she’s filmed from behind. Here she is, exiting a swimming pool, shot from behind. And here, she’s doing squats, shot from behind. Now she’s walking down an open road, nude – and, you guessed it, shot from behind.  Welcome to the new face (and bottom) of fitness on social media – ever more populated by ‘influencers’ such as Finnie who claim to promote health and vitality. But...
    (CNN)Before Clarissa Rankin goes out on a job, a few things need to be in order. First up, a morning meditation. ("Dealing in transportation, you have to be calm to be a great driver," she says.) Then, she heads to the yard to hitch up Sparkle, her 2019 Freightliner Cascadia. Sparkle's a big girl: With a full load, the truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.]In the back of the spacious cab, Rankin has set up what she calls her "mommy getaway apartment:" a twin bed, a stash of food, some decor, cleaning supplies, and a few wig stands. She occasionally likes to switch up her style on long hauls -- maybe long and wavy one day, and bright green or deep, curly red the next. Clarissa Rankin also uses her experience as a truck driver for motivational speaking. Once she wrangles Sparkle, she picks up her trailer and sorts out her first load. Rankin, 34, owns her own Charlotte-based trucking business, and typically travels within a 250 mile radius to Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina and the like. Wherever she...
    Sam Ortiz If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Finding gear that fits and performs well is a major obstacle facing plus-size outdoor adventurers. Most outdoor brands only offer sizes up to 2XL, which inherently excludes people with larger bodies. We spoke to five plus-sized adventurers about their favorite outdoor gear that's as inclusive as it is functional. If you want to do any outdoor activity beyond a basic trail walk — hike a mountain, climb a V12, run a rapid, ride a bike — you need gear that keeps you safe and protected against the elements. And if you're under a size 12, you probably think the biggest obstacle between you and that technical gear is its cost. I know I did. But if you're a mid- or plus-size person you know the real barrier is simply finding durable hiking pants, insulated jackets, PFDs — hell, even just a sports bra — that fits your body and keeps up with your adventures. Popular Reviews Best mattresses according to...
    Nikita Dragun and Trisha Paytas have been feuding. MEGA / Getty Images, Trisha Paytas / YouTube YouTubers Trisha Paytas and Nikita Dragun got into a furious feud on Wednesday night. They fought for over two hours, bringing up each other's past of problematic behavior.  Many commentators found the whole spectacle performative and disappointing. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. "This you?" has become a staple of internet feuds, functioning as shorthand to call out someone's hypocrisy by pointing them towards prior comments or actions which contradict their current stance. Some of the biggest influencers have been online for more than a decade, so there are countless tweets and posts to rifle through in the search of problematic behavior. Late on Wednesday night, followers of YouTube and OnlyFans star Trisha Paytas and beauty guru Nikita Dragun saw this unfolding in real time, as the two YouTubers — both of whom have millions of subscribers — weaponized each other's past racial insensitivities to score points in an ongoing clash.The feud began with a sarcastic joke about a Snapchat showIt...
    Lil Nas X simulates sex with the devil in the music video for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)." YouTube QAnon influencers are outraged over Lil Nas X's "Satan Shoes" and new music video.  The far-right conspiracy theory is taking cues from right-wing influencers and pundits. The QAnon connection comes as no surprise, as believers accuse their enemies of being Satanists. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As right-wing politicians and pundits wage war against Lil Nas X for his "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" music video, which featured the artist simulating sex with the devil, QAnon influencers are also enraged. It's the latest touchpoint for followers of the far-right conspiracy-theory movement that alleges the existence of a "deep state" cabal of human traffickers. QAnon social-media influencers are seeking new ways to push forward the movement that took a hit when President Joe Biden took office in January. But the QAnon connection to the controversial music video, and accompanying "Satan Shoes," comes as no surprise: many believers of the baseless theory also claim that the cabal,...
    TikTok has rapidly become one of most influential social media platforms for young people, with its major appeal being the ability to catapult anyone into overnight fame.   But it seems that the stardom achieved from the platform can be taken away just as swiftly when a host of other influencers looking to take your place are just a click away.  In September last year, social media stars in their early 20s dubbed themselves 'The Wave House' and moved into a £5million mansion in the British countryside, with the chief aim of making videos for the platform.  They moved into new luxury digs nearby London, which include 13-acres of land, a swimming pool, gym, spa and a 100-inch TV which cost almost £30,000- but the influencers say they were kicked out by management after just three months.  Six social media influencers (pictured) have dubbed themselves 'The Wave House', and moved into a £5million mansion in the British countryside last year They have now been replaced with a new set of content creators and new Wave House will be hosting both...
    Shakeemah Smith during her trip to Zanzibar, Tanzania in March 2021. Shakeemah Smith Since the onset of the pandemic, the CDC has recommended people skip travel as it increases their chances of spreading the virus. Those who decide to travel may face criticism from travel shamers who say they are being "selfish." Several travel influencers told Insider why they think the backlash they've received is unfair.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Travel influencer Shakeemah Smith's recent Instagram posts show off stunning resorts and crystal-blue water from destinations like Guatemala, Rio de Janeiro, and Tanzania. Smith runs "Travel Like A Bawse," which teaches women how to master traveling solo. After initially halting all of her travel plans at the onset of the pandemic, Smith resumed her destination hopping last summer. Smith noticed that her social media dispatches from exotic resorts and sunny beaches were met with negative comments and accusations she was being careless in the face of stay-at-home orders. Smith told Insider those who've criticized her for traveling — also referred to as travel shaming...
    Middle East Reporting Balla Fofana for Liberation Subscribers Published on 03-21-21 at 2:56 p.m. – Updated 03-21-21 at 2:57 p.m. © Belga The city-state has become an essential tourist destination, in particular thanks to the influencers who find anonymity and security there. To counter the effects of the pandemic, the authorities want to offer travelers, for a long stay in the emirate, a vaccine against the Covid.
    NewNew, the new social network in which the ‘influencers’ charge to do what their followers decide. (Photo: NewNew / App Store) The platform has arrived where influencers are under the command of their followers, although upon payment. In NewNew, the mass leaders of the social networks ask a question, their followers vote and the answer that receives the most support is the action that the influencer must carry out. Content creators can thus use this new website created by Courtne Smith as a new way to generate income, a different method from Instagram, in which most monetize their profile through advertising content. The founder and executive director has explained in The New York Times that “an attention economy where you can buy moments of a person’s life” is being built after NewNew has made a lot of buzz for turning creators into puppets. “You can buy shares, which are essentially votes, in order to control a person’s life at a certain level,” he says. Some TikTok stars, like Lev Cameron (3.4 million followers) have already put themselves to the test...
    More On: cute animals Exotic animals take over coffee shop Meet Skipper, the first puppy to survive with six legs Bomb squad investigates ‘suspicious bag,’ finds it’s crawling with kittens Hope floats: This disabled fish needed an assist to help him swim These four-legged New Yorkers may drool uncontrollably, but they rule their digs thanks to Instagram stardom. That’s doubly true for Charlie, the 8-year-old bichon poodle, and his roommate, Sawyer, a 5-year-old goldendoodle. They live in an apartment on the Upper East Side with their human, 32-year-old Paige Chernick. The two doodle rescues’ enormous internet presence — they share 136,000 followers on the Instagram account @puppynamedcharlie — has afforded them posh pooch perks. They love to lounge on their La-Z-Boy-brand dog couch and beds and admire their portraits, which hang on the walls around the apartment. When they’re done playing in the snow, they might dry off in their very own namesake bathrobes and then head to their own, dedicated closet — filled with their many jackets, sweaters and accessories for a wardrobe change. Yes, they have more...
    In this photo illustration the stock market graphics of Clubhouse Media Group Inc seen displayed on a smartphone with a Clubhouse Media Group logo in the background.Igor Golovniov | LightRocket | Getty Images It was a phrase uttered countless times during the era of Zoom meetings. But this time, it inadvertently trapezed an unknown stock to new heights: "Can you hear me?" Elon Musk was making his debut on Clubhouse, the audio-only app that has exploded in popularity in recent months, in part because of Musk's participation in that room on the last day of January. Within seconds, the room reached its 5,000-person capacity. Overflow rooms crowded in to listen to the Tesla and SpaceX CEO. In the words of the room's host Sriram Krishnan, "You've pretty much broken Clubhouse." Little did anyone know, Musk's participation would also set off massive interest in a completely unrelated company: the publicly traded influencer media and marketing firm Clubhouse Media Group, which isn't affiliated with the private, Andreessen Horowitz-backed audio app that's about a year old. At the end of the interview, Musk called...
    Tana Mongeau, Nikita Dragun, and Trey Songz are among the celebrities and influencers who partied during the pandemic. Rachpoot/MEGA/Getty Images; MEGA/Getty Images; Prince Williams/Getty Images Some influencers and celebrities have flouted guidelines and continued partying during the pandemic. They've created a cycle of attending parties, apologizing, and then doing it all again. Insider compiled a list of the notable pandemic partiers of the past year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It's been one year since the news of the COVID-19 pandemic upended lives worldwide. People around the world sought to do their part to "flatten the curve," or reduce the virus' transmission rate by adhering to social-distancing and face-covering guidelines. In the United States, strict lockdowns began in March, as cities like New York and Los Angeles emerged as hotspots for the deadly virus. But as restrictions were slowly lifted, people began to stray from public-health guidelines. Some disregarded them completely.  For celebrities and influencers, social gatherings were still a major part of the equation. Throughout the pandemic, many such people who chose to party despite public-health...
    Activists outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Minneapolis is dropping a plan to pay influencers during Derek Chauvin's trial. The plan would have involved paying six influencers $2,000 each to share city-approved messages. Critics called the plan propaganda. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Minneapolis has scrapped a plan to pay influencers to share city-approved posts during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd last May. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP The city's plan garnered widespread criticism after it was unanimously passed by the Minneapolis City Council on Friday. It would have involved paying six social media influencers $2,000 each to share "city-generated and approved messages" and dispel misinformation about the trial, according to the Minnesota Reformer. The messages were to specifically target with the African American, American Indian, East African, Hmong, and Latinx communities in the city, the Minnesota Reformer added. Chauvin's trial is set to begin later this month. Minneapolis community activist Toussaint Morrison, one of...
    (CNN)Minneapolis had floated a plan to hire six social media influencers to help share information during the upcoming murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in the death of George Floyd.But the city scrapped the idea Monday after it came under withering criticism from the public that the effort was aimed at influencing public opinion."This was never about trying to change or persuade the public opinion on any particular message but it was about getting important information out quickly and in an equitable way," David Rubedor, the city's director of neighborhood and community relations, said at a public safety preparation meeting. Ex-cop Derek Chauvin will be tried separately in George Floyds killing due to the pandemicHe emphasized that the word "influencer" did not accurately represent the effort."We are sorry and acknowledge that we will have to work to repair the harm that has been caused," Rubedor said in a statement.Read MoreThe Minneapolis City Council approved the plan Friday, authorizing $1,181,500 in city funding for contracts with various community organizations throughout the trial. The plan included hiring the...
    Minneapolis officials have announced plans to pay six influencers $2,000 each to 'help dispel potential misinformation' during Derek Chauvin's trial.  The social media stars picked by the council will be from minority communities in an effort to spread 'city-generated and approved messages', authorities say.   The city council is keen to avoid a repeat of last year's violence in the wake of George Floyd's death on May 25 when white police officer Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck while he pleaded he couldn't breathe.  Jury selection for Chauvin's trial begins March 8 with opening statements March 29. Chauvin faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges; three other fired officers go on trial in August.   Councilors voted Friday to approve the $1 million communication plan. It is not known which social media platform the council will target.  They said in a statement: 'The City is collaborating with social media partners to share public information with cultural communities and to help dispel potential misinformation during the upcoming trials of the former officers involved in the killing of George Floyd.' But the move has sparked among some...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – To go inside the kitchen of a talented, classically trained pastry chef, not long ago you would have needed an inside connection. Now, to bake with Zoë François, all you need is a phone and an Instagram account. “I was posting pictures and people were reacting and no one was making the recipes,” said François. “So I started making Instagram videos.” Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, baking has never been hotter. In one month in 2020, yeast sales were up 647%. Flour was as coveted as toilet paper. And where the flour mills rise along the Mississippi river, the Minnesota superstars of online recipes are seeing their fortunes rise. “You could feel the uptick pretty quickly,” said Brenda Score, founder of A Farm Girl’s Dabbles. She’s spent more than a decade food blogging and recipe developing from her Elk River kitchen. “I was working for an architectural firm and they were laying people off,” and Score decided to take stock and figure out what she really wanted to do with her life. “11 years ago...
    Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images Zoe Laverne is a controversial 19-year-old influencer with more than 17 million TikTok followers. Most recently, Laverne announced that she's pregnant with her boyfriend Dawson Day. Laverne previously apologized for kissing and "catching feelings" for a 13-year-old fan. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. 19-year-old TikTok star Zoe Laverne is pregnant, and her announcement has been met with intense scrutiny. After rising to online fame on Musical.ly, TikTok's predecessor, Laverne has held onto a strong following for 4 years. But her reputation turned upside down in early November 2020 after a leaked video appeared to show her kissing a 13-year-old fan. In an apology, Laverne said she "caught feelings" for the young fan, who goes by Connor Joyce online. Laverne blamed the interaction on the pair becoming "best friends," and denied that she had been "grooming" Connor, a term used when an older person builds a close relationship to manipulate and exploit a young person. For teenage influencers clinging onto fast-paced online fame, controversy can be a good thing. TikTok stars like Bryce...
    Jake and Logan Paul celebrate following Jake Paul's boxing victory over AnEsonGib in January 2020.. Michael Reaves/Getty Images Insider surveyed 1,040 people to figure out how well certain influencers are known and liked. Jake and Logan Paul were among some of the most well-known and most disliked influencers. Data shows how the brothers careers have thrived amid controversy. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. It's no secret that Jake and Logan Paul, the Vine-famous brothers turned boxers and bona fide social media stars, have built their reputations on controversy. As Insider's Madison Hall reported, both have seen their subscriber counts increase amid — and at sometimes, be propelled by — controversial incidents like the "suicide forest" video that made Logan Paul a household name (albeit not a positive one) in 2018. Now, Insider poll data reveals that among the general public, the Paul brothers are some of the most infamous online celebrities, ranking as some of the most well-known and most-disliked influencers. Insider surveyed 1,040 people through SurveyMonkey Audience to learn which influencers, out of a list...
    February 21, 2021 | 5:00 am The pandemic turned people’s lives upside down and their habits with them. One of the areas that saw the most marked changes was in the categories of used internet, where those related to direct messaging and education had the highest growth in consumption per minute in Latin America. In this way, services such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, among others, went from having a total minute consumption of 681 in September 2019 to 1,543 minutes in the region, an increase of 127%, according to a study by the researcher ComScore. Staying in touch is very important and more so when there are mobility restrictions due to the pandemic. The growth is very relevant when taking into account that the instant messaging category in the region is very mature and installed, with little room for growth Alejandro Fosk, senior VP for Latam at ComScore said in a virtual event. Education-related sites saw a 64% increase in minutes of consumption in the same period, due to the suspension of face-to-face classes in the countries...
    Somewhere amid the shiny glass towers of Dubai where Instagram influencers flaunt their bodies and their riches, stands a villa on the beach. But this is no ordinary residence and its occupant is not one of the pleasure seekers who flock to the Arabian emirate for its luxury shopping, nightlife and sandy beaches. For this is a prison and behind the locked doors and barred windows is Princess Latifa al-Maktoum, whose spectacular attempt to flee the country of her birth ended in her being drugged, kidnapped and incarcerated under armed guard in her 'villa-jail'. In a remarkable series of haunting videos smuggled from her captivity, the 35-year-old daughter of Sheikh Mohammed-al-Maktoum, Dubai's autocratic ruler — and horse-race loving friend of the Royal Family — has described how she is being held hostage by her father and in fear for her life. The remarkable footage, obtained by the BBC's Panorama also reveals details of how her dramatic 2018 escape, involving jet skis and a yacht, ended in her brutal recapture and forced repatriation. She says she was seized by gun-toting commandos...
    Liza Koshy, Markiplier, and Maddie Ziegler are some of the most liked influencers Getty Insider surveyed 1,040 people to figure out which influencers are the most well-liked and known. Gaming influencers like Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, and MrBeast fill half of the list. MrBeast was the most-favored, but Joe Rogan was the most well-known. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Influencers and internet celebrities are frequent targets of critics who follow their every move and publications looking for the next juicy scandal, but not every online star is disliked. For every Jake Paul stirring the pot, there's a MrBeast planting trees for charity. Insider surveyed 1,040 people to ask them about their feelings on over 90 traditional and online celebrities, figuring out how well known they are, how many people like them, and how many people hate them. We then looked at what percentage of people who knew about an influencer had a favorable opinion of them.  Here are the ten who came out with the most favorable ratings. 10. Dawn Morante A post shared by dawn...
    Three of the most well-known influencers. Getty Insider surveyed 1,040 people to figure out which influencers are the most well-known. Controversial YouTubers are most well known but not as liked. TikTok stars like Charli D'Amelio have reached the mainstream. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A decade or two ago, if you asked  a random person to name an influencer they'd struggle with the question. Now YouTubers and streamers are a part of everyday life and are nearly impossible to avoid. From your feeds on Facebook to the endless scrolling you do on TikTok to distract yourself from the monotony of work, there's someone online to fill your parasocial relationship needs. Insider surveyed 1,040 people through SurveyMonkey Audience to find out which of over 60 influencers are the most well-known, liked, and disliked online. Here's a list of the most well-known, starting from the bottom. 10. Addison Rae Addison Rae arrives at the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and on broadcast on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Rich Polk/E!...
    Jake Paul, Jeffree Star, and Logan Paul were among the influencers of whom survey respondents had an unfavorable opinion. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images; Morgan Lieberman / Getty Images Insider surveyed 1,000 people to figure out how well certain influencers are known and liked. Data revealed which personalities had high unfavorability rankings. Controversial YouTuber-cum-boxer Jake Paul topped the list, with his brother Logan in second.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the digital influencer world, courting controversy can be an effective business strategy. Some of YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram's biggest names have risen to fame by building their platforms on scandal; in the case of some online personalities like Jake Paul (more on him later) cancelation actually serves to prolong their career. Insider polled 1,040 people to survey their feelings and level of familiarity with over 60 of social media's biggest names, with participants marking whether or not they knew a particular influencer or celebrity and whether their opinion of them was favorable or unfavorable. This included household names like Jake and...
    With millions of people stuck inside for most of the last year, streaming services have seen a huge boom with the likes of Netflix's Money Heist and viral sensation Tiger King being viewed more than 64 million times.  2020 also saw the launch of Disney + with original series WandaVision and The Mandalorian raking in millions of views, with Broadway play Hamilton and Mulan also hitting the small screen as cinemas and theatres remain closed.  And while binge watching has become a national sport, savvy Instagrammers are taking their viewing nights to the next level and pairing their screenings with themed decorations and dishes to create a perfect image of a cosy night in.   This has become the latest lockdown social media trend, known as 'culturescaping' which has seen thousands online pose with a cup of coffee and a croissant to watch Emily in Paris or don a class of ice cold vodka and chess board to binge the critically acclaimed Queen's Gambit. The new trend, known as culturescaping, sees people 'theme-ing' their decorations and food to match the...
    The battle between traditional television and the internet continues at its peak. If on January 29, El Rubius charged against different communication groups in a letter, now it is the Union of Commercial Televisions in Open (UTECA) who urges the Government to apply « without further delay » the General Law of Audiovisual Communication to influencers. The main objective is focused on preserving the protection of consumers and children. Instagram In a press release, UTECA asks that the game scenario be the same for everyone and, to justify its proposals, it refers to a study by the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) in which it is stated that « 420 hours of viewing » has been found that « there are unidentified commercial communications or audiovisual content that may be harmful or inappropriate for minors « . In this way, the full application of the aforementioned legal text « will reduce the growing social alarm generated by its activity, in addition to advancing in the necessary equality in rights and obligations among all audiovisual service providers « . For this reason, the private televisions...
    In what will come as a shock to no one, a good deal of what you see online isn’t real. That’s especially true when it comes to social media influencers, who create idealized—and desirable—personas on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, and then use their clout to hawk products for their own personal benefit. They’re the 21st century equivalent of paid infomercial actors and hosts, and their blather is about as trustworthy as anything else you hear from a corporation that’s trying to sell you the latest, greatest whatever that’ll help you win friends and influence people—not to mention increase your follower count. Writer/director Jennifer Harrington wades into these digital waters with Shook, a thriller that’s heavy on censure and woefully light on scares. A Shudder exclusive premiering on the horror streaming platform on Feb. 18, its tale concerns Mia (Daisye Tutor), a young, pretty blonde influencer whose claim to fame are makeup videos for a cosmetics brand. The phoniness of Mia’s vocation is underscored by the film’s introductory scene, in which she and two other women—including “beauty influencer of the...
    What is behind the "scams" with the sports betting of the ‘influencers’
    The Internet has always been a great breeding ground for scams of all kinds, with fake ads, advertising, promises of a product that later is not what it claims to be and a long etcetera. But this problematic has begun to evolve, hides behind the pprofiles of the influencers and their power of persuasion in the thousands of followers they garner, to spread content that may result from dubious reliability. Influencers such as Marina Yers, Alexandra Moreira, Paula García, Mónica Martinez and faces of The island of temptations like Jesús, Diego or Isaac are just some of the people who have shared the same message through their profiles without identifying it as advertising. Now, several Twitter users have warned of this alleged practice to avoid as much damage as possible. The strategy seems to be always the same, these influencers start with a round of questions and answers, where his followers can ask questions of whatever. At first they are very similar topics in the different profiles, such as doubts about age or income. Once their...
    (CNN)"Fake Famous" offers a novel window into the world of influencers, conducting an experiment to see if three young wannabes can be transformed into marketing dynamos. While their tales don't unfold entirely as planned, the HBO documentary exposes how ripe for manipulation this whole culture is, and the powerful incentives to game the system. Written, produced and directed by journalist Nick Bilton, "Fake Famous" charts the evolving currency surrounding fame, which once rewarded those renowned for a skill -- think actors and athletes -- before reality-TV stars became famous for being famous, and finally social-media "stars" celebrated "simply for a number" -- that is, their collection of followers.Bilton begins by interviewing candidates -- mostly aspiring actors and models -- choosing three to travel the road to fame. The tricks of the trade include buying followers (7,500 for the cool price of $119.60), renting a mansion to stage glamorous photo shoots and style makeovers in order to look like the cool kids.If that all sounds a bit cynical, that's really the whole point, given the fraud and fakery built into the...
    More On: Influencers Beauty influencer Amanda Ensign rails against Sephora, says she was ‘cancelled’ for supporting GOP Brazilian influencer reportedly shot dead by husband over racy post How Winston Churchill became an accidental beauty influencer ‘Taking Cara Babies’ sleep guru faces boycott for supporting Trump What does being famous mean to you?  Is it getting recognized at the grocery store? Is it having the paparazzi follow you everywhere you go? Or is it having hundreds of thousands of online followers — even if only half of them are real people?  Those are the questions at the heart of “Fake Famous,” a new HBO Max documentary, which premieres on Tuesday.  The yearlong social experiment follows veteran technology journalist Nick Bilton as he attempts to turn three 20-somethings with small social-media followings into bona fide Instagram influencers.  “When you look on Instagram, there are over 140 million people who have over 100,000 followers,” Bilton told The Post. “How is it that the entire population of Russia can be perceived as famous? It’s not possible.”  Bilton, who is a special correspondent for Vanity...
    A SOCIAL media ‘influencer’ has defended her jaunt to sun-kissed Dubai during the pandemic, telling furloughed Brits: “Get off the sofa and stop watching Netflix.” Klaudia Zakrzewska, 27, jetted off to the glamorous tourist hotspot while furloughed from her admin job in engineering. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9Klaudia Zakrzewska, 27, travelled to Dubai after she was furloughed Credit: Instagram 9The 'influencer' has defended her trip to the UAE She was snapped landing back in the UK on Friday after a last-gasp dash home before Britain's new UAE travel ban took hold. While in Dubai she bagged free luxury hotel stays, posh restaurant meals and drinks in exchange for promoting venues online to her 23,000 Instagram followers. But critics have slammed so-called influencers for not doing proper work – insisting they should not be travelling abroad while the majority of Brits are locked down at home. Speaking to The Sun about her jolly, Klaudia, from west London, said: “It’s a proper job and is genuine work. “I think the haters back home...
    Influencers, Youtubers or simply creators of content in networks, this is how many of these young people define themselves, who with their work have gained thousands of followers and collaborations with major brands, such as Philips. Platforms like YouTube, Instagram or the one so fashionable among the young Twitch, they are the means with which they have managed to jump to fame. This week they have returned to the fore not because of the figures, which are sometimes scandalous, but because of their flight to Andorra to save taxes. The last to join was Rubén Doblas Gundersen, the name may not sound like much but if we say The Rubius, it is more likely that you have heard your more beardless relatives talk about it. He leaves with his girlfriend to be “close to his friends, because he already needed a change”, as the Spanish youtuber claimed, that more earns about 4.3 million annually. Joins the list they are already on sTaXx, Willyrex, Vegetta777, The Grefg or Patri Jordan, although our Andorran neighbors are not considered a tax haven...
    The former chief security officer of Facebook suggested conservative news outlets One America News and Newsmax be deplatformed following the siege of the Capitol and the proliferation of "radical views" online. “We have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. There are people on YouTube, for example, that have a larger audience than daytime CNN, and they are extremely radical and pushing extremely radical views,” Alex Stamos said Sunday on CNN’s Reliable Sources. “And, so, it is up to the Facebooks and YouTubes, in particular, to think about whether or not they want to be effectively cable networks for disinformation. And then we're gonna have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem that these companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such to be bringing them into tens of millions of homes,” he continued. “This is allowing people to seek out information if they really want to but not pushing it into their faces, I think, is where we’re going to...
    Some private school basketball programs are testing the limits of murky pandemic restrictions What stars from Geraldo Rivera to Chrissy Teigen are saying about Trumps second impeachment Meet the new influencer company working with top creators and models on OnlyFans Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Insider Influencers, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here. © Provided by Business Insider Unruly Agency/OnlyFans/Samantha Lee/Business Insider Before we get started, I want to first introduce a new reporter on the business of influencers team, Mark Stenberg! You can reach Mark at mstenberg@insider.com and on Twitter @MarkStenberg3. He will be covering all things related to the creator economy and new media models. Now onto the news.  A new influencer agency has climbed to prominence in the industry by helping creators and models manage their OnlyFans accounts. Unruly Agency works with top influencers like Tana Mongeau and Daisy Keech, offering a full-service approach to OnlyFans. I spoke with the founders of Unruly and industry insiders to learn how the agency works and the...