Petition to "save the internet" backed by KSI & KEEMSTAR hits over 2 million signatures - Dexerto
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Petition to “save the internet” backed by KSI & KEEMSTAR hits over 2 million signatures

Published: 21/Nov/2018 19:29 Updated: 21/Nov/2018 20:32

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular YouTuber and white-collar boxer Olajide ‘KSI’ Olatunji is urging his fans to “save the internet,” as posted in a series of Tweets on November 20.

KSI began his campaign by tweeting out the hashtag “#Savetheinternet,” followed by a longer explanation that included a link to a change.org petition, which aims to influence the European Union’s upcoming Internet Copyright Directive.

“I very rarely get political, but this is extremely important,” KSI wrote. “Old heads back at it with the ignorance. Please sign this petition. #SavetheInternet”

The petition in question seeks to deal with Articles 11 and 13, specifically, which would introduce a “link tax” and an “upload filter,” respectively. In layman’s terms, the link tax would allow publishers to ask for “paid licenses” when websites share their stories. Additionally, the “upload filter” would hold platforms liable for copyright infringement, should they “store… large amounts of works and other subject-matter uploaded by their users.”

While the Directive seeks to update copyright law for the modern age, much controversy lies in its interpretation – especially concerning Articles 11 and 13. Many YouTubers have expressed concern around the Articles, which could require creators to acquire a license to use any copyrighted material in their content – or even prevent their uploads entirely.

KSI isn’t the only major YouTuber advocating for awareness of the Directive, either; Drama Alert host Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem has likewise shown support for the petition, Tweeting out a meme using the #Savetheinternet hashtag on November 20.

The petition has over two million signatures as of November 21, and continues to climb in numbers.

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TikTok star Zoe Laverne under fire for allegedly kissing underage fan

Published: 28/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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TikTok star Zoe LaVerne is facing massive backlash after multiple videos surfaced of her allegedly kissing an underage fan. This comes days after leaked Instagram conversations from her ex-boyfriend Cody Orlove and Amber VanPelt raised concerns of “very intense” interactions with an underage influencer.

A video on the ‘Def Noodles’ account featured a short clip showing the two. It was apparently only a short form of a much longer video showing more instances of the same behavior.

According to Def Noodles, LaVerne previously denied allegations of having a relationship with an underage person. This was in direct response to the allegations brought by Orlove’s hacked messages.

The video comes at a sensitive time for LaVerne, who was already getting heat for Orlove’s Instagram messages with VanPelt.

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Zoe LaVerne once again removed herself from Instagram after the latest allegations.

In them, Orlove’s leaked exchange shows that he “left (LaVerne) because of her interactions with Connor. They got very intense and it’s something I do not stand by whatsoever. It’s p**dophillia.”

Another message, this time from Orlove to LaVerne, shows he cut communication from her. “My lawyers will handle the rest,” he said in reference to the “toxic” breakup between the two TikTok personalities.

LaVerne, who deleted her Instagram in mid-September in response to a separate lip-syncing debacle, once again removed herself from the Facebook-owned social platform.

In a private fandom account known to be run by LaVerne, she gave a message to her fans for her renewed hiatus from Instagram after the videos came out.

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An Instagram message from a fan-account known to be run by LaVerne.

“Thank you for everything, really,” the account called ‘zlpfandom0.2’ wrote. “But for right now I don’t think I’ll be back on soial media again. I (still) have a lot to think about. I reall don’t wanna leave you guys but I’m tired of feeling this way. I’m tired of crying and hurting. It’s nothing but negativity to me anymore. I love you so much.”

LaVerne has over 17 million followers on TikTok and nearly 450,000 subscribers on YouTube. She’s been featured in TikToks and videos with other online celebrities ranging from Terin Sottile and ex-boyfriend Zephan Clark.

If the move offline is permanent, it’s not known if LaVerne will publicly respond to the latest videos that are surfacing.