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Mikael Thalen

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Posted on Jul 18, 2022   Updated on Jul 19, 2022, 6:32 am CDT

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

It’s Monday, which means it is time for our weekly “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael. Besides that, we’ve got a ton of the most pressing internet culture news for you. 

Let’s get right into it. 

A.W. 


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WORK DYSTOPIA: A remote worker is alleging in a series of viral videos that her employer spied on her through her webcam, locked her out of her computer for getting up from her desk, and suspended her for speaking out about it on TikTok. The videos sparked a number of comments from people on the platform, one of which warned: “You should always cover your camera.” 

TECH: Republicans in Congress requested documents from TikTok, alleging the social media company allows Chinese employees to access U.S. user data. The request comes after a news report found leaked internal meeting audio where TikTok employees discuss U.S. information in China. Our Contributing Reporter Jacob Seitz breaks it all down here

THAT ONE SOUND: In her weekly “That One Sound” column, our Senior Culture Reporter Audra breaks down the “I want to go home” sound that has gone viral on TikTok. The sound has been used in nearly 200,000 videos and “conveys that feeling introverts know all too well,” Audra writes. You can read more about the sound here

VIRAL: A TikToker has gone viral for posting a video in which she reveals a “common trick” that she says is used by “bad managers.” In the video, she says managers “steal your knowledge” to keep staff a “certain level” and keep raises low. Many people resonated with the video, claiming they experienced it in their own workplaces


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No, the FDA did not find horse meat in Wendy’s burgers

A viral claim circulating across social media alleges that the fast food establishment Wendy’s was caught using horse meat by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Luckily for Wendy’s patrons, the claim isn’t actually true.

The post began spreading widely on June 30 after appearing on Facebook. An image featured on the post shows an illustration of a horse being fed into a meat grinder and turned into what appears to be ground beef.

The image also features a screenshot of a purported news article, titled “Wendy’s Exposed For Using Horse Meat,” that details the alleged bust by the FDA.

The article, which is filled with grammatical errors, claims that the FDA found traces of horse “DNA strains” while conducting a routine inspection of the fast food company’s meat.

An alleged quote from “Wendy’s Chief Executive Director Boris” even goes as far as to admit the use of horse meat.

“We only use 60% beef, the rest is made of meat fillers mostly equine(Horse) meat,” the quote states. “Using this type of meat is a cheaper expense for us, allowing us to competitively price our food while being profitable at the same time. What we are doing is not illegal or unhealthy. The FDA has approved the contents of the meat.”

Many users on Facebook appeared to believe that the claim was true while expressing their concerns in the comment section.

“Bro I’m sticking to the chicken,” one user wrote. “I never really liked they beef or cared for it it don’t taste but but damn bro 9/10 I got chicken.”

But at least a few users were skeptical of the allegations and pushed back on the unsourced image.

“So just none of y’all fact check anymore?” one user asked. “Just believe anything on social media.”

The users who questioned the validity of the claim were right to do so. Nearly every aspect of the claim is entirely false.

For starters, the FDA isn’t even responsible for inspecting meat. Such duties are instead carried out by the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. 

As noted by USA Today, no individual named “Boris” is on Wendy’s senior leadership team either, meaning the entire quote was completely fabricated.

Wendy’s has repeatedly denied the claim given that it has repeatedly gone viral for years. An analysis of Wendy’s Twitter account shows that the company has issued at least 23 tweets since 2015 denying the false claim.

​​So next time you bite into one of Wendy’s signature burgers, you won’t have to worry about inadvertently consuming cooked equine flesh.

Mikael Thalen


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Here are some key dispatches from across the ‘net. 

🍋 A TikToker spotted a Simply Lemonade bottle at a Starbucks barista workstation, sparking speculation among people online. 

🗣️ An Amazon worker went viral for posting a video where they roasted customers for ordering things that aren’t entirely needed, like a bag of chips

🤡 TikTokers are clowning on this weirdly horny Walmart video

🌯 Want a “hack” to get a $3 burrito at Chipotle? Well, here is how one TikToker says you can get it. 

💄 A makeup artist is sharing what it was like being a professional makeup artist in the film industry. Including which celebrities were hard to work with

🔥 There’s no denying it: Millennials aren’t dictating what’s hot these days. Get to know which of Gen Z’s favorite wellness, tech, and beauty products are the latest trends.

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🌐 These students are ditching college to run an NFT business. 

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT