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Andrew Wyrich

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Posted on Nov 1, 2022   Updated on Nov 2, 2022, 7:39 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: Elon Musk apparently wanting people to pay for verification on Twitter, a company telling workers they will have to pay to work there, teachers reaching their breaking point on TikTok, and a viral video pulling back the curtain on the restaurant industry. 

After that our IRL Reporter Tricia has her weekly “Problematic on TikTok” column. If you scroll down a bit, we’ve got a story about someone exposing how a retail store was spying on its workers

See you around the internet! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Paying $20 for Twitter verification is cringe—and an invitation for fake news and abuse

Twitter users will soon have to pay for blue checkmark verification, according to a new report. This move comes in the midst of major upheavals after Elon Musk‘s takeover


Employer tells workers at orientation that they have to pay company $50 fee to work

A video capturing the moment a prospective employer tells its employees that they will have to pay to work for the company has drawn hefty criticism and jokes from viewers. 


The teachers of TikTok have reached their breaking point

TeacherTok is upfront about the profession’s challenges.


‘Being a waiter, you lie to everyone’: Former waiter shares what restaurant workers won’t tell you

One TikToker is pulling back the curtain on people in the food service industry, from chefs to waiters. 


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😬 Problematic on TikTok

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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.

👀 Former President Trump sure seems desperate to keep Truth Social users from fleeing to Twitter

🌮 This TikToker claims she was fired from Taco Bell after her co-worker reporter her for filming and posting dancing videos while on the clock. 

🏨 Are hotels superior to Airbnbs? This viral video sharing the differences makes the case. 

😭 Television personality Jim Cramer appeared to tear up on television as stock prices for tech giant Meta continued to plunge.

💸 A woman is going viral after sharing how her date asked to split the bill even though he claimed to make $100k a year

☕ A Starbucks worker is going viral for exposing the problem with dome lids on drinks. 

🍺 The revolution is here, and it’s non-alcoholic. Here are the best non-alcoholic beers for guilt-free nightcaps and pain-free mornings.

📺 Enjoy the first season White Lotus? Well, you can check out our review of the second season here

🏳️‍🌈 Here’s how a Sims 2 fan forum became anunwitting safe space for queer creatives.

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👋 Before you go

In a viral video, a TikToker revealed that his place of work—a retail store in New York City—installed new cameras that allow audio recording. The video has over 20,600 views.

In the video, he pans to the new cameras and explains that they’re the Amazon cameras that are often used as baby or dog monitors. In the comments section, viewers did not hold back when providing their opinions.

man speaking in front of window (l) security camera on wall (c) man speaking in front of window (r)

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*First Published: Nov 1, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT