Mashable: 8 TikTok accounts to follow if you’re tired of COVID misinformation

Mashable: 8 TikTok accounts to follow if you’re tired of COVID misinformation. “TikTok: an app for music, memes, and medically-accurate vaccine information Increasingly, medical professionals are using the app to share myth-busting information about things like the COVID-19 vaccine, rates of infection, and COVID treatments, all through succinct, engaging videos that will hopefully reach the people who need them. At the very least, they offer a link for other viewers to send to their more stubborn friends and relatives.” Thoroughly annotated with everybody’s bona fides.

Daily Beast: The Bizarre and Unsettling Rise of True-Crime Makeup Videos on YouTube and TikTok

Daily Beast: The Bizarre and Unsettling Rise of True-Crime Makeup Videos on YouTube and TikTok. “TikTok user @fatalfaye delicately brushes a hot pink eyeshadow in the shade ‘Emoji’ onto their eyelid. Over the primping plays an audio clip, crackling with feedback. ‘I just killed my mom and my sister,’ a teenager confesses. The combination of the jarring 911 call and an otherwise normal makeup video may seem bizarre, but the incongruous pairing belongs to a trend of true crime makeup videos that has been growing in popularity across social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok. Welcome to the weird world of true crime makeup videos.”

Malwarebytes Labs: “Free Steam game” scams on TikTok are Among Us

Malwarebytes Labs: “Free Steam game” scams on TikTok are Among Us. “What we sometimes see on TikTok is gaming-themed accounts making many of the same promises you see on other platforms. Free games, free items, free stuff. Everything is definitely free with no strings attached. Would RandomAccountGuy3856 lie to you? The answer is, of course, ‘Yes, RandomAccountGuy3856 absolutely would lie to you’.”

Michigan Daily: Cancel your inner micro-celebrity

Michigan Daily: Cancel your inner micro-celebrity. “I’m not trying to bash TikTok or any other form of social media. In fact, I think that TikTok is an amazing way to connect people across distance, socioeconomic status and more. It has also proved to be a vehicle for activism during the pandemic and has led to protests against racial and gender inequality, economic blackouts and creators of color being given a platform to speak about their experiences with racial injustice. However, TikTok offers a gamble that, if played correctly, can lead to an invitation to the Met Gala. It democratizes fame, keeping it just out of everyone’s grasp; the fruit that our inner Tantalus can never have.”

Mashable: The soothing relatability of Emily Mariko, TikTok’s latest food influencer

Mashable: The soothing relatability of Emily Mariko, TikTok’s latest food influencer. “There’s nothing all that difficult about her food — her most famous dish involves reheated rice, leftover salmon, and seaweed wrappers. She’s not pitching a diet. She’s not doing anything stunty or putting off bug-eyed, pick-me energy like men who’re budding influencers. Hell, she hardly even talks in most TikToks and went super viral for leftovers. And yet, Emily Mariko is the food internet’s latest Thing.”

Los Angeles Times: Fed up with TikTok, Black influencers are leaving the app

Los Angeles Times: Fed up with TikTok, Black influencers are leaving the app. “[Charles] Conley is not the first Black TikToker to say that he feels over-scrutinized and under-protected by the platform. Since at least the Black Lives Matter protests of summer 2020, users of color have complained that TikTok — the most downloaded app in the world last year — handles their accounts and content in ways that seem unfair and racially biased. But what sets Conley and the other Black TikTokers who spoke to The Times for this story apart is what they plan to do about it: get off TikTok for good.”

NPR: TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do

NPR: TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do. “Young investors have a new strategy: watching financial disclosures of sitting members of Congress for stock tips. Among a certain community of individual investors on TikTok, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stock trading disclosures are a treasure trove. ‘Shouts out to Nancy Pelosi, the stock market’s biggest whale,’ said user ‘ceowatchlist.’ Another said, ‘I’ve come to the conclusion that Nancy Pelosi is a psychic,’ while adding that she is the ‘queen of investing.’”