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Dixie & Charli D’Amelio explain the problem with TikTok’s Duet feature

Published: 6/Jun/2020 18:19

by Daniel Cleary

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TikTok superstars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio have revealed one downside with the app’s collaborative Duet feature for content creators.

The Duet feature on TikTok allows users to record a side-by-side clip next to their favorite creators on the platform and is often used for imitating or reacting to videos such as dances or lipsyncing.

While Charli and Dixie D’Amelio have likely received tons of Duets from their supportive fans, they have also noticed one major problem with the feature that is meant for collaboration.

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The D’Amelio sisters have seen a ton of success on TikTok.

The pair revealed, in an interview with The Guardian, that Duets can often be a tool for mockery, used by people to spread hate or negative responses, particularly towards popular creators such as themselves.

“You can’t really avoid them,” Dixie explained, explaining that regardless of the intention behind the Duet, it will likely get pushed to the feed of the content creator it involves. “They think you’ll never see. But it’s just not true.”

This would make it much more difficult for them to block out the negativity and Charli added that many fans were unaware of the feature’s downsides, adding, “I don’t think people understand that.”

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Despite the collaboration opportunities, Charli and Dixie have noticed one downside with the Duet feature.

“Learning to deal with hate,” Dixie chimed in, revealing that they were still adjusting to the fame, “that’s the part we’re still working on, It gets very frustrating.”

Dixie also revealed earlier in the interview that she wanted to shield Charli from much of the negativity, adding, “I wish I could protect her a little bit more from the haters.”

With over 75 million fans on TikTok between them, much of the feedback they receive will be overwhelmingly positive. But, just a few trolls can ruin it for everyone.

Charli still stands as the most popular creator on the rising platform and shows no sign of giving up the title after surpassing Loren Gray in followers in March.

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Charli D’Amelio slams “out of control” hate from 100m followers scandal

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is hitting back at the intense criticism she received after joking about not reaching 100 million followers in a year, as well as the hate that followed her tearful Instagram Live on the subject.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Now boasting over 101 million followers, Charli has become the poster girl for the viral video application — but not everyone is a fan of the internet superstar.

The 16-year-old influencer got hit with an avalanche of negativity upon the release of a “Dinner with the D’Amelio’s” episode on November 16, where she appeared to jokingly bemoan not reaching 100 million followers in a year’s time.

The issue quickly erupted into a scandal, with users calling out Charli for purportedly only seeing her fans as “numbers” and being ungrateful for her privileged position as a celebrity.

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The hate soon spun into a hurricane of vile comments, with D’Amelio even revealing she’d been sent death threats from angry viewers during a tearful Instagram live addressing the situation. She even lost 1 million followers over the ordeal.

She has discussed the matter yet again in a solo December 3 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast sans sister Dixie D’Amelio, hitting back at the shocking amount of hate she received over the scandal.

“The thing that I think happened was, it spiraled completely out of control,” she said of the situation. “It turned into a place where I was getting threats for my life. When talking about this on Live, I got emotional, because that’s not something that people take lightly.”

“I feel like people really have to understand that yes, I do have a substantial amount of people that follow me on social media,” she continued. “That does not mean that I am not a person. …The entire situation was taken completely out of proportion by lots of people.”

“I know I’m not a disrespectful person. I know that I’m not a genuinely horrible person. I know I’m a good person, at the end of the day. Whether or not everyone agrees with that is for them to figure out, and that’s totally fine.”

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Charli’s podcast shines a light on the growing negativity from social media platforms like TikTok, which even bullied the likes of Taio Cruz off the website within just a few days of him creating an account.

This situation serves as an important reminder to remember that no matter the circumstances, there’s always another person behind your phone screen who your words are directly affecting — 100 million followers or not.