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Newsletter: People are falling for a Kid Rock COVID conspiracy

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Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Aug 8, 2022   Updated on Aug 9, 2022, 6:11 am CDT

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

I hope you had a good weekend! We’ve got a ton to get through today, including our weekly “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael

We’ve also got stories about facial recognition, memes, Amazon, and politics. So let’s get into it all. 

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

NYPD ordered to release documents on facial recognition use during 2020 BLM protests

The New York Police Department (NYPD) must comply with a public records request regarding its use of facial recognition surveillance on protestors during the summer of 2020. 


People are making relatable memes about friend group dynamics

We’re more than adept at turning the hyper-specific yet relatable aspects of our lives into memes, and the insight into what a “friend group leader” is and does is no exception.


Amazon driver shows button he has to press for 15-minute break

A viral video caught the attention of many people online after a TikToker who works as an Amazon driver showed the “begin rest break” option on an app the company uses for deliveries. 


Dark Brandon is the liberal meme counter to the Let’s Go Brandon movement

The “Let’s Go Brandon” meme is proving to have staying power. Now, liberals are trying to co-opt a newer iteration of it, “Dark Brandon.”


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen

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The Kid Rock Covid conspiracy

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Monday’s our Tech Reporter Mikael Thalen debunks the most wild conspiracy theories swirling around the web in his “One Dumb Conspiracy” column. If you want to read columns like this before everyone else, subscribe to web_crawlr to get your daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to you inbox.

🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

💼 In a viral video, a worker says she had “one of the most invalidating moments” of her life when she met with HR to discuss allegedly “abusive” behavior from her manager.

🤢 A TikToker says that while he was in a Wingstop, two employees were having sexin the back of the restaurant. 

💰 A woman detailed how she spent $36 at a Publix supermarket just on ingredients to make her boyfriend a chicken sandwich

⭐ Astrology is a heavily debated topic in the dating world. In a clip posted online, a man talks about a date he went on, and how he decided to walk out on it because the girl blamed an ex’s star sign for his abusive behavior.

🥤 This award-winning, minimalist seltzer maker is a dream come true for every sparkling water addict. * 

🥝 Ninja shares his best advice for aspiring creators. If you want more stories like this, subscribe to the Passionfruit newsletter.

🚓 Commenters on a viral video dubbed a woman who grabbed a police officer’s crotch before getting pepper-sprayed a “Karen.” 

☕ In a viral video, a TikToker shared a recent experience she had at her local Starbucks where they refused to accommodate her allergies

🕵️‍♂️ How this obscure, blockchain-based site built a playground for QAnon to run rampant on.

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👋 Before you go

In a viral video, a Starbucks barista said a male customer made sexist remarks when his order wasn’t ready “five seconds” after he ordered.  Viewers in the comments section debated how they would have reacted to the sexist comments. 

starbucks cup (l) young woman with caption 'opened at 5:30, this old dude walks in asking for a mobile order he placed five seconds ago, unhappy it isn't ready immediately, turns to my male coworker and says 'god sorry you have to work with all these women.' (c) starbucks cup (r)
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*First Published: Aug 8, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT