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TikTok stars could leave the app over privacy fears

Published: 28/Jul/2020 21:15

by Virginia Glaze

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Some of TikTok’s top stars are apparently planning to leave the viral video app in wake of concerns surrounding users’ privacy and personal data, and are now set to join rival app Triller, instead.

TikTok has become Gen Z’s mobile application of choice, birthing a slew of influencers who have skyrocketed to stardom due to their insanely popular dance videos and lipsyncing trends.

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However, in spite of its popularity, many users — and world governments — have expressed apprehension regarding the app, with India banning the site outright and countries like the United States and Australia voicing concern over its potential data-mining.

With this in mind, a few of the app’s top influencers are making plans to leave the site indefinitely and join with rival, LA-based Triller, another popular mobile app that boasts a similar premise to TikTok.

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Triller's homepage, featuring Chance the Rapper
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With names like Chance the Rapper on Triller, it makes sense why the app could be the next hot thing among social media users.

Described as a “social video community where you can show the world who you are by capturing flawless videos and sharing them in seconds,” Triller sounds like a sound alternative to TikTok — and names like Josh Richards, Noah Beck, and Anthony Reeves are making no bones about their intentions to migrate.

“After seeing the U.S. and other countries’ governments’ concerns over TikTok — and given my responsibility to protect and lead my followers and other influencers — I followed my instincts as an entrepreneur and made it my mission to find a solution,” Richards said of his decision, as reported by the LA Times.

Josh Richards smiles for the camera.
Instagram: Josh Richards
Josh Richards, one of TikTok’s biggest stars, has made no bones about moving from the viral video app to its LA-based rival, Triller.

Griffin Johnson likewise posted a Tweet regarding the matter: “We are helping rebuild an app to be better for creators and the users. We care about your safety, and that is why Josh, Noah and I will be taking the responsibility as influencers to ensure we build a safe and user-first platform.”

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Fans’ responses to the move have been decidedly mixed; while some viewers are grateful that the group of TikTokers are taking privacy concerns seriously, others feel they are abandoning the platform that shot them to stardom and turning their backs on the communities they’ve built there.

No matter the case, it seems these influencers are dead-set on moving house — but there’s no telling what this means for TikTok’s userbase in the future.

Cars

Future reveals insane custom Chevrolet truck

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:00

by Kieran Bicknell

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Rapper Future has had an incredible career spanning over several decades. In that time, he’s risen through the ranks to become a household name in the rap/hip-hop genres. Now, he’s revealed the latest addition to his garage in the form of this crazy one-off Chevrolet Blazer.

Future – real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn – is an American rap artist from Atlanta, Georgia. In his time as a musician, he has amassed a number of awards and released several critically-acclaimed albums and tracks.

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With a car collection including Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, he has now revealed his latest addition.

Standing out from his collection of ‘typical’ exotic cars, Future has now taken delivery of his custom-commissioned Chevrolet K5 Blazer truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

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Future Custom K5 Blazer
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Future commissioned the custom truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

Future’s new Ringbrothers Chevy K5 Blazer

This fully-restored, one-off build looks absolutely incredible and will stand out among Future’s other ‘stock’ cars. Finished in British Racing Green, this is a color that was not available from factory, and was used only for his personal build.

The exterior has been left mostly stock other than the color change, but the front headlights have been upgraded to LED units. Not only have the headlights been changed, but also the wheels – the stock items being replaced by a set of 18″ gold HRE wheels.

Inside, the car has been completely re-trimmed in brown leather, with a number of embossed logos throughout. The factory analog dials have been refreshed, but a 10″ touchscreen has been fitted to the dash. This is coupled to an uprated JL audio system – a key upgrade for a musician such as Future.

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Future unveiled the truck on his Instagram:

Underneath the hood is the biggest upgrade to the car – a complete engine and transmission swap. The stock motor has been ditched for a 6.2l LS3 V8, coupled to an uprated GM automatic transmission. With 430hp on tap, Future will have plenty of fun driving this custom truck around.

RingBrothers co-owner Mike Ring is justifiably proud of the result: “We’re humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this.”

“We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It’s an honor we don’t take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We’re glad Future appreciates that.”

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