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TikTok star Tony Lopez accused of inappropriate messages sent to minors

Published: 13/Aug/2020 12:13

by Georgina Smith

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Accusations have been made against 20-year-old Hype House member Tony Lopez, alleging inappropriate conduct involving girls as young as 15 via his private Snapchat account.

The initial accusations aimed at Lopez emerged when a TikTok from user Griffin Brooks went viral, after a 15-year-old girl contacted him with screen recordings showing messages of a sexual nature supposedly sent by Lopez.

She said that he “never asked” for her age and always requested explicit photos. It then transpired that Lopez had been marking tweets containing the incriminating video under “hidden replies” without directly addressing the allegations.

On August 8, another 15-year-old girl contacted another Twitter user, sharing screenshots of Lopez allegedly giving his private Snapchat name, and making similarly inappropriate comments.

The messages show Lopez saying “your face is kissable” and calls her his “baby.” Users were quick to raise the alarm in order to ensure “this predator is stripped of a platform.”

This led to a 16-year-old girl sharing her own experiences with Lopez via TikTok.

In one video she writes “Tony Lopez blocked me on snap for not sending him nudes,” and follows with a screen recording of his messages and the details of his private Snapchat.

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Despite the damning nature of the accusations, some fans still defended him, arguing “he is human” and “everyone makes mistakes.” But others suggest that the sheer number of victims means the “authorities need to be involved.”

While Lopez is yet to publicly address the allegations, on August 9 he tweeted “I’ve got a lot to talk about” which some commenters took as an acknowledgement of the accusations, and a potential sign that a full response is to come.

Lopez is followed by over 21 million fans on TikTok alone, with his videos regularly garnering over 5 million views each.

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Pokimane reveals plans for Twitch VODs after DMCA takedowns

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:33

by Jacob Hale

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Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has revealed her plans for her Twitch VODs, after many creators on the platform, including some of the very biggest, were hit with DMCA takedown notifications over content in their back-catalog.

On October 21, some of the most popular names on the platform revealed that they have been getting these DMCA notifications, with people such as Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar, and more finding that clips and VODs from past broadcasts have been deleted.

Obviously, in recent months there have been issues with streamers using copyrighted music on their stream, with many opting to stop so as to avoid any legal issues, but now their past content is being sifted through and checked, and the results are wiping out some of these creators’ favorite moments on stream.

While many streamers are doing all they can to keep their content on their Twitch channel available, Pokimane has revealed her plans for past VODs.

Twitch streamer Pokimane
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Pokimane has been streaming full-time since 2017, but may have to remove a lot of her content to avoid DMCA takedown requests.

After a viewer told Poki that fellow streamer Saqib ‘Lirik’ Zahid was to delete all of his VODs he’s built up over the years, she suggested that the same might be the case for her own channel.

“Lirik’s going to delete all his VODs? Well, guess what, it’s not just Lirik,” she told her viewers during her October 22 stream.

She continued: “Today, tomorrow, at some point, you guys are going to come across my channel and there’s going to be zero content. Sucks to say, but it is what it is.”

Of course, there will be many top streamers considering that reality right now: that the content they’ve put out over however many years could simply be erased due to the music being played in the background.

Some content creators have already started taking down old VODs and deleting clips, and Pokimane may be just one of many that do so to avoid being banned from the platform altogether. We might see some creators start transferring their content to YouTube, but this would likely require a Herculean effort, too.

At the time of writing, Pokimane’s VODs haven’t been wiped from her channel.