KSI fires back at Justin Bieber’s comments ahead of Logan Paul rematch - Dexerto
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KSI fires back at Justin Bieber’s comments ahead of Logan Paul rematch

Published: 2/Oct/2019 19:42 Updated: 2/Oct/2019 19:52

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul will finally settle their beef in the net’s most highly-anticipated boxing rematch on November 9 – and a major celebrity has gotten involved in their feud.

While the two social media celebs made headlines in 2018 during their initial bout, their 2019 rematch is catching the attention of massive names in the entertainment sphere as November 9 draws ever closer.

In fact, pop sensation Justin Beiber even weighed in on the Logan Paul vs KSI rivalry in an Instagram comment on September 20, calling for Paul to “rip [KSI’s] head off.”

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This comment didn’t go unnoticed by the UK star, who finally responded to the callout in an interview with TMZ a week later.

Rather than being offended by Bieber’s words, the YouTuber appeared to be pumped at being recognized by the singer, claiming that he hopes Justin will be sitting ringside, should he prove him wrong.

KSI, InstagramYouTuber KSI had some harsh words in response to Justin Bieber’s callout.
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“I fucking died,” KSI laughed. “If anything, I thought it was cool as hell. Justin Bieber actually knows me, fam. That’s ridiculous! …if anything, it’s gonna be more funny when I knock out Logan. I hope Justin Bieber is gonna be ringside, so after I knock out Logan, I can go up to him and be like, ‘So whose head was gonna get ripped off?’”

That’s not all: KSI also had a brutal final message for Bieber when asked by the interviewer, saying, “F*** you Justin. F***ing suck on my d***!”

This wouldn’t be the first time a celebrity has started beef with YouTube boxers, by far: in fact, American rapper Soulja Boy butted heads with Jake Paul in February, with Paul even putting a whopping $20 million on their proposed bout.

While it seemed like the two were set to throw down in the boxing ring on November 9, promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that he wants the rematch undercard to feature pro boxers only – leaving Jake without a fight at the time of writing.

With Justin Bieber yet to respond to KSI’s comments, both fans and critics alike will have to wait for their proposed meeting on November 9, should Bieber actually show up to the rematch.

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TikTok competitors Byte and Clash form merger to take on video giant

Published: 26/Jan/2021 20:23 Updated: 26/Jan/2021 20:24

by Chris Stokel-Walker

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The battle to try and compete with TikTok in the shortform video space has just become less bloody, as two of TikTok’s competitors have merged.

Clash, set up by former Vine star Brendon McNerney, has agreed to buy Byte, the app developed by Vine founder Dom Hofman, for an undisclosed sum.

The purchase, which is in part funded and enacted by a separate round of seed funding for Clash from Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six and two other investors, is an unusual one. “It’s going to put Clash in a whole new ballgame, where we have support I couldn’t even imagine,” says McNerney, who declined to share the amount invested in his company.

Clash is by far the smaller of the two apps, with 500,000 users as of fall 2020, its founder McNerney confirmed. By comparison, Byte has 4.5 million users.

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Clash was launched to compete with TikTok, and is now buying out another competitor in Byte.

What’s more, Clash is going to take itself off app stores, encourage its users to migrate over to the bigger Byte, and then rebrand the app as Clash in the coming months.

“It may seem like a confusing move, but Byte has the userbase,” says McNerney. “We have the creative tools, and we want to point people to the future home of Clash.

“The plan over the next few months is to relaunch the Byte app as Clash,” says McNerney. “This relaunch will have all our monetization tools live.”

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Byte boasted 4.5m users before the merger.

Clash has placed its focus on supporting creators’ ability to monetize their content — a bugbear many early TikTok users had until the app launched its Creator Fund, which gives creators over a certain size a share of financial funding to keep making videos.

“We’re 100% merging both of these communities together,” says McNerney. “There’s such a fluidity between not just the types of creators, but even the types of content on both platforms. Dom [Hofman] has done such a great job in building these creative tools. The thing we’re focusing on is not disturbing the experience on either of these platforms.”

McNerney admitted the merger took him by surprise. “It’s definitely unusual, and not something we were expecting to have happen,” he says.

Hofman, who was not made available for interview, will not be staying on with Byte, McNerney says. “Him and his team are not a part of this deal. They’re going on to another venture, which is exciting for them,” he explains. “They’ll be making an announcement on that.”

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Many apps have launched to rival TikTok, but Clash and Byte have joined forces to help bolster shortform video content.

Hofman and Byte were convinced to sell up because of the pro-creator stance of Clash, the latter’s owner says. “It was something they had been considering but hadn’t necessarily made any move on,” he says.

The whole process of the deal took place in “a few weeks.” “It happened rather quickly,” says McNerney. Negotiations didn’t begin until 2021.

“We’re going to be working in the next month or two integrating all our tools [into Clash],” he adds. “We want to make sure the user experience is largely unedited as far as what Byte users can expect. There are tons of them and we don’t want to disturb their experience.”

McNerney’s goal isn’t necessarily for the newly-merged app’s five million users to take on TikTok’s 690 million users worldwide. “To be explicit, Clash is the monetization platform,” he says. “What we see as a massive missing pillar in the shortform video world is a place where creators can monetize.”