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Dixie D’Amelio baffled by TikTok theory about her Dad & Charli D’Amelio

Published: 12/Sep/2020 17:56

by Georgina Smith

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TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio has issued a bemused response to a wild conspiracy theory circulating on TikTok that speculates that her sister Charli’s sudden rise to fame is a result of her father wanting the popularity vote in a future election.

The D’Amelio sisters shot to fame on the app TikTok when they began posting dance videos in 2019, participating in popular trends such as the renegade.

They have a combined follower count of over 120 million, and Charli even recently had a brand deal with food chain Dunkin’ Donuts where her very own coffee order was put on the menu for fans up and down the country to try the TikTok queen’s favorite drink.

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The D’Amelio sisters shot to fame after their start on TikTok in 2019

The period of time in which they garnered their immense global success is certainly impressive, but some aren’t convinced that they got there solely through their entertaining personalities and dance skills.

In a video with a large chunk of text uploaded to the account spicyopinions, one curious TikTok user laid out their theory that the D’Amelio sisters’ father has something to do with the burst of popularity.

The theory said “this app has been around for five years and not ONCE has somebody rose to fame so quickly and with SO MANY FOLLOWERS.”

“Even in the beginning of her career she wasn’t liked for a long time, so how did she continue to grow?” the theory continues. Her Dad is sus. He’s rich AND a politician. Those things never go together well.”

@spicyopinionsi said nothing else abt charli, but this one slides bc i love conspiracy theories ##MorningCheer ##ThatsHot ##YouHaveTo ##DinnerWithMe ##charli ##dunkin♬ original sound – _BLUZZ_

The conspiracy theory then goes on to suggest that the D’Amelio’s father, politician Marc D’Amelio, would use Charli’s unproblematic demeanor to gain votes from “a future generation of voters” who would be less politically informed. They insist that “Charli’s fame story does not add up.”

Dixie D’Amelio, baffled by the outlandish theory, simply commented “lol what” underneath the video, which seems to sum up the level of legitimacy to the theory accurately.

Dixie D'Amelio comments on conspiracy
TikTok: Dixie D'Amelio
Dixie D’Amelio comments on bizarre conspiracy theory

While some fans suggested “this theory could be plausible,” many didn’t seem particularly impressed, saying “I kinda lost brain cells reading that.”

The bizarre theory has unexpectedly garnered a lot of attention, with the original video at 130,000 views and 40,000, which if anything is a testament to how unprecedented the D’Amelio sisters’ rapid rise to fame was.

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TikTok is letting some users experiment with 3-minute long videos

Published: 3/Dec/2020 0:48 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 1:11

by Tanner Pierce

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Some TikTok users are reporting that they have been given the ability to upload three-minute long videos to the platform. Previously, users were able to upload videos with a 60-second maximum, meaning the new update will triple the length of time clips can be.

Currently, TikTok only allows for 60-second videos which, while that might not exactly be considered “short”, allows user to very quickly browse through them without much searching.

While previous rumor and speculation have indicated that fans are able to upload content outside of that 60-second restriction if they upload a video from their camera roll, many creators have had to live with minute-long videos for quite some time now. Fast forward to December 2020, and that might be changing soon.

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Some TikTok content creators have been told that they are now allowed to upload 3-minute long videos.

As originally noticed by Social Media Commentator Matt Navarra and originally reported by The Verge, TikTok has started issuing notices to certain creators that they are now able to upload three-minute long videos to the platform, triple the previous amount of time.

Currently, it’s unknown how widely available the feature is. According to the notice, creators who have been given this feature are told they have gotten “early access”, so it’s possible and incredibly likely that only a very few, select amount of people have the ability to create three-minute long videos and that it’ll remain like that for a while.

Unfortunately, beyond this, there’s no other information available about the feature. There’s also no timetable as to when it will be available to all content creators or if it ever will become available to others. It also has yet to even be officially acknowledged by the company in any capacity, with no notice posted to their Twitter account or website, so it may come down to the fact that they want to see how it does before they even talk about it.

All in all, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this feature in the future. Given the fact that 60-seconds is a relatively short amount of time, it makes sense to have longer videos on the platform. Still, it remains to be seen how the company will handle it in the future.