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Indian legislation to possibly ban TikTok app amid T-Series takeover

Published: 14/Feb/2019 23:26 Updated: 14/Feb/2019 23:43

by Virginia Glaze


While Bollywood label T-Series has been deep in a heated battle for dominance on YouTube with PewDiePie, South Indian lawmakers are now turning their sights to TikTok with surprising legislation.

Thamimun Ansari, a local legislator for South Indian state Tamil Nadu, argues that TikTok  contains sensitive material and promotes discussions that could end up disturbing the peace.

“…the mobile application (TikTok) was acting as a platform for heated debates inimical to law and order, and sharing of sexually-explicit material,” Ansari said during a state Assembly. “The minister supported my charge and promised to take steps to ban the application in Tamil Nadu.”

South China Morning PostAccording to the Times, TikTok boasted over 24.5 million daily users, as of January 31, 2019.

TikTok is taking steps to ensure the availability of the app in the South Indian region, hiring a “chief nodal officer” as a go-between with Tamil Nadu’s authorities.

“At TikTok, maintaining a safe and positive in-app environment is our priority,” the company said of the issue. “…We are committed to respecting local laws and regulations.”

Oochappan, FlikrTamil Nadu lawmakers are considering a ban against massively popular video application TikTok.

This proposed ban on TikTok comes in the wake of Bollywood label T-Series’ sudden takeover of YouTube, most notable for nearly surpassing YouTube star Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg on a number of occasions.

Many users noted a massive disparity between T-Series’ sub count and individual video views, arguing that the label was using “sub-bots” to boost their numbers.

However, another theory suggested that Indian users may be automatically subscribed to T-Series upon creating a YouTube account – which, considering the density of India’s population, could account for its steady increase in subs as the months go by.

T-Series has since acquired a massive partnership with music streaming service Spotify, placing its entire catalog of songs and soundtracks on the platform.


FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo


Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.