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Fans concerned for Charli D’Amelio after creepy figure appears in TikTok

Published: 6/Jul/2020 23:29

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is sparking concern across her fanbase, with viewers noticing what appears to be a shady figure watching the influencer in one of her viral dance videos.

D’Amelio is more than just a social media mogul: she’s also a competitive dancer, and as such, boasts a slew of popular dance videos on TikTok, home to her 68.5 million followers.

While plenty of TikToks contain questionable content, one of D’Amelio’s latest uploads is drawing concern from fans, with some viewers even expressing fear for her physical safety.

Charli D'Amelio smiling
Charli D'Amelio, Instagram
Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most followed creator, with over 68 million followers on the platform.

The video in question, published on June 26, features 16-year-old D’Amelio dancing in a bikini outside. However, it’s not her dance moves that are prompting fans’ anxiety — instead, it’s the shadowy figure that appears in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Although it’s hard to tell if the figure is a person watching the TikToker from afar or a hand holding out a camera to covertly film the star on the rooftop nearby, it’s certainly enough to set one on edge; so much so that fans are doing everything in their power to alert D’Amelio of potential predators near her own home.

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Still others hypothesized that the figure could be controversial influencer LovelyPeaches, who sent out a r*pe threat toward D’Amelio a week prior to the concerning video — and purportedly even hired a 30-year-old man to carry out the horrendous act.

Considering the recent developments regarding Peaches, fans reached out to Hype House co-founder Thomas Petrou, asking that he protect D’Amelio from potential harm (despite Charli having severed ties with the organization in early May).

“Will do,” Petrou said in response to one fan. “Anyone attacks her, I’ll k**l them.”

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Thomas Petrou, TikTok / ann oop, YouTube
Hype House co-founder Thomas Petrou assured fans that he would keep an eye on Charli in wake of a disturbing figure spotted in one of her TikToks.

D’Amelio herself has yet to comment on the matter, although she did express that she’d rather not discuss the LovelyPeaches threat during a conversation with paparazzi.

With Charli remaining largely silent in spite of fan concerns, viewers are more desperate than ever for the queen of TikTok’s safety — especially in wake of threats against the star’s physical wellbeing (which were enough to get Peaches banned from the app, no less).

Entertainment

xQc claims that bots “ruined” his 2020 Twitch recap stats

Published: 17/Jan/2021 20:34

by Julian Young

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While most Twitch streamers celebrated their impressive 2020 channel recap numbers, Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel had a different take and shared how the figures presented in his recap from last year are actually fake.

On January 15, Twitch announced the release of their 2020 channel recaps. After a stressful year, the platform wanted to celebrate its many channels by showing off statistics like how many viewers, followers, and hours of watch time each streamer had in the past year.

Twitter was quickly flooded with tweets from creators showing off their impressive numbers; in a time where the world consumed more video game content than ever before, some streamers boasted viewership numbers reaching into the tens of millions.

While most streamers praised the move by Twitch to release this information and enjoyed sharing it with their communities, one of the platform’s biggest stars, xQc, had a different outlook.

xQc Twitch Clip Recap 2020 Chat
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xQc explained to his viewers why he feels that the 2020 Twitch Recap numbers aren’t accurate.

Pulling up his 2020 stats on-screen, xQc remarked “Unique viewership . . . 35 mil,” while also pointing out that he’d clocked nearly 140 million hours of watch-time in 2020.

After looking at his numbers, the streamer questioned how Twitch came up with the 35 million number: “So they’re like, unique individuals?”

“There’s a lot of bots in there, 100 percent. There’s a crazy amount of bots probably in there. This is not even real dude. This is all fake.”

The streamer pointed out how a wave of bots in 2020 – over 3 million – threw off his numbers. The botting issues from last year made it impossible for him to know how many of those numbers are real people or fake accounts.

“All these moments are ruined by ‘Botter Andys’, that’s so stupid.”

Bots or not, there’s no doubting that xQc was the face of Twitch – or streaming in general, for that matter – in 2020.

The Luminosity Gaming star had the most hours watched out of any channel on any platform, nearly 20 million more than the second-highest, Brazilian streamer Gaules.