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Posted on Oct 11, 2022   Updated on Oct 12, 2022, 7:32 am CDT

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

We crawled the web for you today and our top stories are about: the number of problems that plagued Twitchcon, House of the Dragon, a viral Airbnb horror story, and how an Italian protest song has been reinvigorated by TikTok and Twitter. 

After that, our IRL Reporter Tricia has her weekly “Problematic on TikTok” column. 

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See you tomorrow! 

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⚡ Today’s top stories

‘Getting surgery to put a rod in’: Adriana Chechik breaks her back at disaster-plagued Twitchcon

A Twitch streamer with nearly a million followers says she broke her back in two places jumping into a ball pit at Twitchcon, one of a number of problems that appeared to plague the conference. 


‘House of the Dragon’ jumps forward in time just to rehash the past

The question everyone knows the answer to is on their minds again.


‘Try not to get scammed, because it’s not fun’: Airbnb guest says host tried to blame $2,500 of damage on them

One woman on TikTok is cautioning others against staying at Airbnb or Vrbo lodgings after she says a property owner attempted to hold her responsible for property damage that she did not do.


How ‘Bella Ciao’ became the viral anthem for the fight against authoritarians

The Italian protest song has a long and storied history—reinvigorated by TikTok and Twitter.


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😬 Problematic on TikTok

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That Bella Hadid sound on TikTok is triggering for those with eating disorders

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.

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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

💼 Do you think recruiters are too “nitpicky” about resumes? 

🍔 A McDonald’s manager went viral on TikTok after calling out customers who are afraid to use their kiosks to order their food.

📻 Ever wonder how radio contests really work? Well one viral video claims to document the process on how running those contests really work

🍎 A former Apple employee says her manager criticized her for clocking in four minutes late, but the comment came after she stayed two hours past her shift.

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👋 Before you go

A TikToker’s frustration with having to wear a wig to work because of their employer’s policy over hair color has left them ready to quit on the spot

Will today be the day? Stay tuned,” TikTok user Kade Drum (@kvde.pdf) captioned their post which was uploaded to the social media platform on Oct. 3.

server speaking touching hair caption 'anyways like I literally have to wear a wig to work' (l) server touching hair speaking caption 'because they won't allow service industry professionals to have not' (c) server making air quotes with fingers caption 'not natural colored hair' (r)

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*First Published: Oct 11, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT