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Kira Deshler


Posted on Dec 18, 2023   Updated on Dec 19, 2023, 7:45 am CST

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

Today’s top stories are about: A TikTok user who discovered an AI-generated Gordon Ramsey is being used to steal people’s info, a woman whose ex regularly hacks into her social media accounts, the great TikTok panic of 2023, and a brief history of the ‘Do It’ meme

After that, check out Mikael’s “One Dumb Conspiracy” column. 

Until next time,

— K.D.

⚡ Today’s top stories

Customer says AI version of Gordon Ramsay is being used to steal people’s identities

“Black Mirror had an episode on this exact issue,” one commenter wrote.


🧑🏻‍💻 WTF
Woman says her ex tries to hack into her social media accounts every month

‘This sounds like the beginning of a true crime episode,” wrote one TikTok user.


In 2023, the TikTok panic reached a fevered pitch

And the Israel-Palestine war put it over the top.


The ‘Do It’ meme, explained

Actor Shia LaBeouf gave a loud—and deeply intense—motivational speech to internet users in 2015.


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🔍 One Dumb Conspiracy

By Mikael Thalen
Staff Reporter

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You’ll never guess why the QAnon crowd is going after Etsy

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

👕 In a recent viral video with 1.9 million views, a disgruntled customer and TikToker expressed frustration over the chaotic state of an Aeropostale store.

🛒 Costco is positively recognized online for its great deals and the many benefits that come with membership. However to shop at Costco one does need to be a member of the store and pay for their own membership. Or do they?

😢 A server went viral on TikTok after uploading a tearful video where she revealed she was fired from her job right before Christmas despite never making any significant mistakes at her place of work except for displaying somewhat of a bad attitude towards them once.

🤖 These smart home gadgets will turn your home into a high-tech paradise you never want to leave.

🍴 When working in food service, one has to deal with a wide array of customers. While some may be pleasant, others draw the ire of people in the industry.

🎁 This woman was surprised when she discovered a Christmas decoration at a discount store called Dollarama. Spoiler alert: The item cost more than a dollar.

⛽ A woman went viral on TikTok after showing viewers how she puts gas in her car while using a wheelchair.

✏️ From the Daily Dot archive: Here’s a look at the wild history of fanfic censorship

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📝 Question of the Day

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👋 Before you go

A TikToker recently posted a video capturing her brother’s awkward conversation with Bank of America after the bank flagged his $25 Zelle transfer. The reason? The transaction contained a note with a raunchy joke.

Brenna, known as @princebrenna on TikTok, posted the video with the caption, “My brother tried to send me $25 with his caption over Zelle and it got flagged.”

The video begins with her brother struggling to contain his laughter as a voice on the phone can be heard reading the memo. Accompanying the footage is a screenshot of the attempted transaction, with a note that reads, “Zelle payment to A Brenna Prince for “cu- I mean RUMchata.

Customer says Bank of America stopped his $25 Zelle transfer because of his memo
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*First Published: Dec 18, 2023, 10:30 am CST