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Passionfruit’s Picks of 2022

Our staffers celebrate some of the most influential creators of the year.

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Science creators and brand partnerships: Can the two co-exist?

‘People value my opinion as a scientist, and I’m very careful with how I wield that.’

On by Sabina Wex

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Pakistan’s gaming industry is the perfect fit for women

There are various ways one can join the gaming industry, and Pakistani women are steadily making their distinctive mark.

On by Annam Lodhi

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Minecraft creator Dream accused of grooming by 2 former fans

Dream denied the allegations.

On by Steven Asarch

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Twitch banned streaming of unlicensed gambling sites. Is it enough?

It may be a solid first step, but there’s still a lot more that Twitch can do to deter young viewers from gambling.

On by Steven Asarch

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Def Noodles’ new direction alienated fans—how did we get here?

The move strained the already-fraught trust he had from fans.

On by Steven Asarch

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‘They should have to give credit where credit is due’: Blogger accuses food magazine of adapting her recipe without crediting her

‘This is an issue in general with larger companies not giving smaller creators credit.’

On by Grace Stanley

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From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Star Wars’, these cosplaying ASMR creators craft immersive experiences for their audiences

‘You feel like you’re talking with your favorite characters, part of your favorite fictional worlds. What’s not to love?’

On by Amel Ghani

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TikTok gives 10 Latinx creators $50,000 grants for their ‘dream projects’ (updated)

‘The support we have received is tremendous and has been utterly life-changing.’

On by Grace Stanley

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How 2 friends created an immersive recreation of the ‘Lion King’ musical in Minecraft

What started off as a simple fan project quickly evolved into something bigger.

On by Steven Asarch

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EXCLUSIVE: Chef behind viral ‘Pink Sauce’ speaks out

The hype over TikTok’s latest food trend quickly spoiled.

On by Grace Stanley

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#JusticeForActMan: YouTube demonetizes creator for satirical doxing tweet, sparking debate over its enforcement of community guidelines

The Act Man had been criticizing YouTube for inaction over QuantumTV’s alleged community guidelines violations.

On by Steven Asarch

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Creators in Pakistan struggle against the country’s unpredictable social media bans

Social media has given working-class creators new opportunities, but bans have thrown stability into question.

On by Anmol Irfan

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Black creators say Snapchat unfairly revoked their verification status after promising to support them

‘I don’t think it’s a coincidence that only the Black creators from my roster had their Snap Stars taken away.’

On by Charlotte Colombo

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