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Addison Rae gets suspended TikTok account back after being hacked

Published: 15/Aug/2020 11:47

by Georgina Smith

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Influencer Addison Rae’s 55.5 million follower TikTok account was hacked on August 14, before being suspended altogether for a brief period for “violating community guidelines.”

Addison Rae is one of the most popular creators on the app, and according to a Forbes article on August 6 is also among the highest earners, supposedly raking in over $5 million dollars this year.

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With an enormous follower base of over 50 million Addison has accumulated some fiercely loyal fans, and a platform for new business ventures. She even launched her own makeup line called ‘Item Beauty’ that became available to purchase on August 11.

However, that loyal fan base became concerned on August 14 when a look at Addison’s TikTok profile revealed some unusual activity.

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The hacker changed Addison’s username and uploaded some unusual videos

Her username had been changed from her original ‘addisonre’ to ‘joeandzak1’ and a number of videos were posted that clearly did not belong to Addison.

While in the control of joeandzak1 for a short while, TikTok quickly banned the account for “violating community guidelines.” This scared fans, as both Addison’s 50 million follower count and 3 billion views seemed to disappear.

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At one point, Addison’s followers, likes, and videos all seemed to vanish

At this stage, it was unclear whether her account would be restored as it was difficult to discern how much damage the hacker had caused, aside from the cosmetic changes.

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To fans relief, Addison’s account was restored in full just a few hours later, with all 2000 videos, her full subscriber and like count just as they were prior to the hack.

While she didn’t say a huge amount online during the incident, she made sure to let her fans know what was happening. In a tweet liked by over 100,000 people she said “my TikTok is hacked” and a few hours later, “why am I crying?”

Addison’s fans took to Twitter to express their support for their favorite creator. “I’m sorry, thinking about you queen,” one person said. Another called her one of the “biggest icons in the world right now” and that “things will get better.”

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But naturally, there was an equal amount of hate. Some said “to whoever hacked and deleted Addison Rae’s account, pls do it again,” and joked about the idea that she would have to work at a fast-food restaurant if her account was truly gone.

It seems that for the time being Addison has regained full access to her account and things are running normally again.

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Stormzy drops ‘Rainfall’ music video in Watch Dogs, and it actually slaps

Published: 23/Oct/2020 2:14

by Isaac McIntyre

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Stormzy has officially made his Watch Dogs Legion debut with the release of his ‘Rainfall’ music video, which was filmed entirely inside Ubisoft’s upcoming trilogy sequel and if we’re being honest, the whole thing is kind of awesome.

Every day another celebrity seems to find their way into the digital world. This year, Ninja and Aussie Twitch streamer Loserfruit were both added to Fortnite. Then, just last month, Dr Disrespect had a unique variant skin and themed ‘Arena’ map he designed released in Rogue Company.

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Now it’s British grime rapper Stormzy’s turn, in Watch Dogs: Legion.

The rapper, 27, released a music video for his new single “Rainfall” on Thursday, Oct. 22, with a bit of a twist ⁠— the entire clip was filmed in Ubisoft’s upcoming sequel.

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A digital Stormzy first appeared in a virtual studio, singing his new single. The scenery soon changed, however, and he was transported ⁠— all in-game ⁠— to the rooftops of London, where the new Watch Dogs sequel will mainly be taking place.

Here’s the new music video, featuring Tiana Major9, in all its glory.

This isn’t the only time Stormzy will be appearing in Watch Dogs Legion either. When the full Legion title drops on Oct. 29, players will get the chance to team-up with the grime rapper, or at least a virtual version of him, for an exclusive side-quest.

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The mission, “Fall on My Enemies,” is a reference to Stomrzy’s lyrics in ‘Rainfall.’ 

When accepted, players will be tasked with “protecting the broadcast of the music video across the entire city.” Ubisoft has yet to confirm how long the mission will be, or whether it has any major bearing on the main Watch Dogs storyline.

Stormzy first revealed his collaboration back in September. He said, “You lot are about to have your minds blown. What [Ubisoft] have done in terms of recreating London is one of the most insane, epic, incredible things I’ve ever seen.”

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Stormzy ‘filmed’ his entire Rainfall music video inside Watch Dogs: Legion.

The Watch Dogs devs said they were “thrilled” to have Stormzy onboard. “His music and what he speaks to as an artist is extremely relevant for our London setting, and for the larger themes of our game. He lit up the room… it was a career highlight for us to get to work with him.”

Ubisoft has confirmed the exclusive Stormzy Rainfall mission will be available from day one in Watch Dogs Legion, and will require no additional DLC patches to play.

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The Watch Dogs trilogy sequel will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on Thursday, October 29. The title will also be ported to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 when the next-gen consoles are released in late 2020.

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