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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Aug 2, 2022   Updated on Aug 2, 2022, 9:06 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 all enjoyed the first edition of web_crawlr yesterday. As part of our rebrand, we are also introducing a new column!

Starting today, our IRL Reporter Tricia Crimmins will break down for you each week a problematic trend that is growing on TikTok. Her first column dives into how a filter created a fatphobic trend on the popular app. 

We’ve also go tons of essential internet culture news for you. So let’s dive right into it. See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Workers speak out against company after worker’s video on being monitored through webcam goes viral

Former employees of a customer service company that spied on a TikToker through her webcam, locked her out of her computer for getting up from her desk, and fired her for speaking out, have come forward to the Daily Dot to expose its “toxic” work environment. 


Is Democrats’ new net neutrality bill just a 2022 midterms ploy?

While the Net Neutrality and Broadband Justice Act is a well-intentioned effort to rein in the nation’s giant telecom monopolies, our Contributing Reporter Karl Bode notes that it is likely going nowhere fast


Furniture-focused small business swaps ‘senior discount’ for ‘millennial discount,’ sparking debate

A small business in Ohio is making waves online after declaring discontinuation of its senior discount and implementing a discount specifically for millennials.


TikToker shares shocking things she’s had to tell employees while working in HR

In a viral TikTok that has now garnered more than 282,000 views online, a content creator shared some of the more unique things she has had to say to people while working in HR.


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😬 Problematic On TikTok

By Tricia Crimmins

Young woman with TikTok filter (l) Young woman without filter, holding cat (r)

TikTok filter creates fatphobic trend

In each edition of web_crawlr we have exclusive original content every day. On Tuesdays our IRL Reporter Tricia Crimmins breaks down the trends on the popular app that will make you cringe in her “Problematic on TikTok” 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.

👀 A TikToker says a drive-thru patron got out of his car in a fit of “road rage” after he honked at him, with video showing showing the man smacking his phone out of his hand

🗣️ A construction worker is calling out companies that claim to make workwear for women, but then leave out details that are present in men’s clothing—specifically, pockets

🚗 We’ve all been there. An HEB employee has gone viral after posting a TikTok of herself “disassociating” in her car after clocking out of her shift

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📽️ A production assistant is getting a lot of attention after posting a video claiming that he was “treated like sh*t” while working 18 hour days. 

💼 TikTokers are sharing the two unrelated jobs they have to work to either make ends meet or have a little extra spending money.

💵 Here’s how a cryptocurrency fortune crippled a deceased billionaire’s estate

🥝 KREW shares the lessons they’ve learned about launching merch. If you want more stories like this, subscribe to the Passionfruit newsletter.

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👋 Before you go

A TikToker detailed the “nightmare” series of events using Airbnb that ruined a vacation she had planned that ultimately left her and her mother stranded in France.

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*First Published: Aug 2, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT