Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr.
Our top stories today are about: Complaints of “ghosts” at Twitter, a look at how the viral “Pink Sauce” went from a TikTok craze to being sold at Walmart, a viral video where an Amazon worker explains how to see if you received an item that had been returned, and how a popular forum for adult entertainers is shuttering.
After that our IRL Reporter Tricia has her weekly “Problematic on TikTok” column.
See you tomorrow!
Elon Musk pledges to investigate whether liberal ‘ghosts’ are still haunting Twitter’s algorithms and offices
One user even referred to the alleged liberal saboteurs as “woke ghosts” while calling for Musk to watch his back.
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Pink Sauce’s unlikely journey from TikTok to Walmart
The viral Pink Sauce went from a fixation on TikTok last July to being on the shelves in Walmart.
A former Amazon worker has gone viral for sharing how customers can tell if they’ve received a resold package from the corporate giant.
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An immense loss’: Stripper Web, a popular forum for adult entertainers, shutters after 20 years
The forum, which houses over 900,000 posts and discussion threads from workers in the adult entertainment space, said in a statement the site’s shuttering was a “difficult decision.”
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A TikTok dad posted a backwards video and the internet roasted him for it
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🕸️ Crawling the web
Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.
🎥 The Razzie Awards announced its 2023 nominees, and one in particular drew a ton of criticism, leading them to publicly withdraw the nomination.
💼 A TikToker’s advice to people who frequently have personal emergencies that impact their work life is resonating with viewers on the platform.
🍴 A restaurant server has sparked discussion after claiming that she was forced to pay part of a customer’s bill after their card declined and they walked out.
👁️ From our friends at Passionfruit, the Daily Dot’s creator economy newsletter: “Mikayla Nogueira accused of misleading viewers with false lashes in sponsored mascara TikTok.”
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🍔 A McDonald’s worker had to turn away a drive-thru customer after accepting another customer’s 45-item order at 3 a.m.
💻 Tech workers continue to share their layoff horror stories. One worker said they found out they were laid off when they couldn’t log into their laptop.
🚴♂️ Food delivery definitely comes with unique challenges—and particularly if your mode of transportation is via bike, one TikToker proved.
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A Chick-fil-A worker claimed a customer insisted on buying a hamburger at Chick-fil-A as she thought she was at McDonald’s.
The video featured TikTok user Lexi (@lexbreezy5) as she sits in her car, providing some background that she’s “worked at Chick-fil-A on and off for six years” because she’s a student in college and returned for the holidays after a year of not working there.
“A lot has changed but there are things that haven’t changed and the things that haven’t changed are the people who come up in our drive-thru acting a fool,” she says. Then, she dived into the story about the incident with the customer.
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