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Twitch streamer terrified after man with sword follows her during stream

Published: 2/Nov/2020 16:06

by Georgina Smith

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A Twitch streamer was left thoroughly disturbed after she and her friend were followed by a man with a sword during a Halloween livestream in Japan.

While one of the most popular things for creators to do on stream is play games, a particular genre that has risen in popularity over the years focuses on people streaming while they’re out and about, literally called IRL (In Real Life) streams.

Though naturally, if you walk around outside for long enough you’re bound to bump into something strange, and people always like to take a shot at getting on camera, whether they know who the streamer is or not.

Twitch streamer Elliegato poses by a wall
Instagram: lili.elliegato
Elliegato is an Australian living in Japan, recording her daily life there.

Elliegato was one such streamer who was left rattled when her fun Halloween night in Tokyo turned into a bizarre chase scene, leaving her and her friend freaked out to say the least.

Twitch streamer catches someone lurking behind her

Central Tokyo-based Ellie was out for an evening stroll and some food with one of her friends, but things started getting a tad hectic when people began asking for selfies with her. Slightly confused, she agreed to take pictures with the strangers, but one person in particular caught their eye.

The man was dressed in red with a wonky cap, and appeared to be carrying a sword. As the guy walked along by them, the girls immediately looked concerned, saying “why is this guy following us? Why is he following us?” The man was smiling, and kept a fast pace with the girls who tried to shake off the weird stranger.

As they decided to go a different way, the man keenly changed his direction too, holding his sword up by his side. Every time the girls made a u-turn, the stranger followed without fail, further making them uncomfortable.

Ellie says to her friend “let’s go find your husband” in hopes the man would give up, but he kept up an unnervingly fast pace alongside them. “He’s like fully running and following us,” she said.

It didn’t help that along their escape, several other men spoke to them and touched them inappropriately, making viewers feel even more anxious on the girls’ behalf.

Eventually a kind stranger noticed the girls running from the man, and said he’d help them go to the police, looking just as frantic as the streamers.

Ellie looked extremely distressed by the time the stream ended, the shocking nature of the situation sinking in. It’s not clear who the man was or what he wanted, but it certainly wasn’t a fun experience for the pair who just wanted to enjoy their Halloween evening.

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What are TikTok cults and how can you join one?

Published: 25/Feb/2021 17:35

by Georgina Smith

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Many TikTok users have been left baffled by hundreds of comments that appear under random videos promoting ‘cults’ relating to celebrities or memes, but why exactly are these cults so popular?

Over the past year in particular, TikTok’s userbase has expanded to include not just more users in general, but more communities, with the app being a hub for content relating to various fandoms and hobbies.

More often than not, these communities tend to stay relatively self-contained, as TikTok’s bizarrely accurate algorithm generally does a good job of suggesting the most relevant content for each individual user. This means two people can use the same app but have totally different experiences in terms of the content they see.

However, a new trend sees some groups of people banding together to make their community stronger, spreading the word by putting copy-and-paste messages in comment sections of unrelated viral TikToks.

@papi_dre1

Thank you all for 1.5 million❤️ #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #xyzbca #xyzabc #hamster #viral #whathappened #true #fy #4u

♬ I spoke to the devil in Miami by XXXTENTACION – Nate

A key element of the cult trend, is that participants will change their profile to the exact same picture, usually a meme, and they use this to identify each other so they can follow each other back.

Subjects of the trend so far have included singer Lana Del Rey and a viral image of a random hamster, but it’s looking like more cults are in the process of forming.

Why do people join TikTok cults?

The purpose of the trend is fairly innocent, with people generally wanting to make friends with similar interests to them. Having a matching profile picture makes it easy to see who wants to participate in the trend, thereby making connecting with people easier.

Posting the comments about the cult under popular TikToks serves as another way in which users can find each other, and many people have experienced a huge surge in followers since they joined in on the trend, proving to be appealing for those who want to grow their account.

How to join a TikTok cult

After identifying which community you want to be a part of, you’ll need to locate the picture that everyone is using as their profile picture. The images that are used are generally popular memes, so by typing a few keywords in on Google you should easily be able to track down the image.

Once you’ve changed your profile picture, keep an eye out in comment sections of popular TikToks for other participants, and make sure to follow these accounts. As you begin to follow people you should have others follow you back, and you can speed up the process by posting comments yourself.

However, it’s worth noting that not everybody is on board with the cult trend, as sometimes comment sections can be overtaken.

Regardless, it seems like the popularity of TikTok ‘cults’ is on the rise, so if you see these kinds of comments while browsing the app, you’ll know why there are so many of them.