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Charli D’Amelio explains why she’ll keep confronting haters online

Published: 22/May/2020 13:28 Updated: 22/May/2020 13:33

by Joe Craven

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Charli D’Amelio, the world’s most-followed TikTok star, has revealed why she will continue to confront online haters, explaining how she thinks it may help other creators dealing with similar issues.

The exponential rise of TikTok has been nothing short of jaw-dropping. From the point of obscurity it now sits as one of the world’s most popular social networking site, bringing with it a whole new group of celebrities.

Charli D’Amelio is one of these: despite being just 16 years old, she currently sits at over 57 million followers on the social media platform. However, this popularity has inherent downsides too, in the form of online trolling and hate.

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Both Charli and older sister Dixie are immensely popular on TikTok.

While only 16, it seems that Charli has come to terms with the influence she now has and, in a May 21 interview with people.com, she opened up about how she can inspire others who may be experiencing similar negativity over the internet.

“I do try to talk about it as much as I can. A lot of people are afraid to,” she said. “I feel the more I talk about it, the more normalized it is for people to open about their feelings. If I’m talking about it and they know that this bothers me and they are going through a similar thing, maybe at school, just showing people that it’s okay to have feelings. It’s okay to not be 100% all the time.”

The inspiring attitude is a testament to the TikTok star’s maturity, as well as her endeavors to create a more positive online environment. She has made her name on TikTok by posting dance videos and tutorials, like the one below.

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“When you do discuss it, you tend to get more [hate],” she continued. “But at the same time, there are people who reach out to me with stories of how they are struggling through similar issues. It brings a lot of people together, and that’s what I do it for.”

She has, previously, called out TikTok trends she does not agree with, and shared emotional videos of herself dealing with online negativity.

With such a monumental followings come a responsibility to influence an audience positively, and it looks like Charli is well aware of this and doing all she can to inspire her viewers.

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Daniel Howell explains the reason behind his year-long YouTube hiatus

Published: 5/Jan/2021 19:57

by Virginia Glaze

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Dan & Phil are one of YouTube’s most popular duos and OG content creators — but while Phil has been fairly active on the platform, Dan mysteriously went quiet, only reappearing on the site after a year of radio silence.

British YouTube duo Daniel Howell & Phil Lester have garnered a massive fanbase ever since they began creating videos in 2006, hailed for their relatable sense of humor and long-lasting friendship.

Last year, Howell uploaded a video that quickly rose to the top of YouTube’s trending page, simply titled, “Basically, I’m Gay.”

The 45-minute long, soul-baring video featured a sit-down with Dan’s fans, where he discussed his sexual orientation and gave advice to those in his audience who may be discovering their own identities.

However, the YouTuber went quiet shortly thereafter and hadn’t uploaded or appeared in a video for an entire year until January 4, 2021, when he sat down beside Phil in a joint upload to discuss his whereabouts.

“As you know, I have clearly taken a break from regular YouTube uploads,” he explained. “This was an emotional and spiritual and personal growth journey that I chose to be on, that, you know… the gay video, everything else, I really felt like I hadn’t really had time to ask: ‘Who am I? What do I want? What am I doing? Why?’ And I’m in that period.”

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That being said, it wasn’t as if Dan hadn’t planned to put out some projects last year; according to the YouTuber, “There were supposed to be a couple of things, and then 2020 happened.”

The chaos of 2020 and his own self-discovery weren’t the only reasons he’s been absent, though, with both he and Phil revealing they’ve been busy moving into a new home of their own design.

 

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They don’t plan on doing a house tour anytime soon though, in an effort to protect their privacy — but it seems like their fans are sated enough after Dan finally made an appearance with Phil after an entire year relative inactivity.

Thus far, Dan has been met with an outpouring of support from his viewers, who can’t wait to see what this year has in store for him.