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Newsletter: This TikTok trend is ableist on so many levels

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Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 15, 2022   Updated on Nov 16, 2022, 7:50 am CST

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

Today, we have stories about a weird FTX crypto collapse theory and why your Android device might be vulnerable to hacking. We also have a review of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever from Gavia, and the weekly “Problematic on TikTok” column from Tricia.

On a programming note, Andrew returns tomorrow. Thanks for letting me guide you through the news over the past week!

— T.K. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

FTX crypto collapse prompts bizzare theory Biden sent money to Ukraine to funnel back to Democrats

FTX converted crypto donations to cash.


Alpha males are back on Elon Musk’s Twitter—and getting owned everywhere

Elon’s Twitter is more toxic (with masculinity).


User error is leaving hundreds of thousands of Android devices open to takeover

A hacker, who goes by the pseudonym virtrux, believes that the issue is a significant one.


‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ offers a moving tribute to Chadwick Boseman

But the film struggles with some typical MCU problems.


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😬 Problematic On TikTok

By Tricia Crimmins

man greenscreen TikTok over deaf mute and blind baking challenge TikTok caption 'Also referred to as the Deaf, Mute, Blind Baking Challenge.' (l) man speaking caption 'We need to stop this harmful ableist trend that's growing on TikTok' (c) man greenscreen TikTok over deaf mute and blind baking challenge TikTok caption 'because the perpetuates a negative stereotype of helplessness for being disabled.' (r)

The ‘deaf, mute, blind’ TikTok trend is ableist

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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👋 Before you go

Espresso martinis are all the rage right now, but one TikToker who ordered one in NYC got served a small portion in a plastic cup—for $15.  

“$5 for every sip,” he jokes in the video.

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