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Twitter responds to widespread YouTuber hacks

Published: 5/Sep/2019 18:03 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 18:58

by Virginia Glaze


On August 24, the Twitter accounts of several major YouTubers were hacked by what appeared to be a single group, which posted racist, homophobic, and other offensive messages to their profiles – and Twitter has finally responded to the incidents.

While no cause of the attack was directly stated on the outset, Twitter confirmed that the hacking of its co-founder, Jack Dorsey, was due to a “security oversight” by his mobile provider, after his own account was compromised a week later by the same hackers.


Now, the site is making another massive statement – and a huge change to its operations until the “oversight” has been remedied.

Twitter posted a thread regarding the hacks on September 4, announcing that they will temporarily disable Tweeting by SMS until action is taken by mobile providers in regards to security.


“We’re taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor authentication,” the site wrote.

Twitter has since restored this feature in “a few locations” as of September 5, but Tweeting via text message remains disabled for the rest of the globe at the time of writing.

Although no official cause of the hacks was known at the time, former Vine star King Bach accused an AT&T employee of switching his SIM card – a possibility that Twitter appeared to confirm in their own post on August 30.


“…This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number,” the site wrote of Dorsey’s hacking. “That issue is now resolved.”

It wasn’t just Dorsey and Bach who were affected by the high-profile hacks, either: YouTube stars Shane Dawson, James Charles, and even deceased YouTuber Desmond “Etika” Amofah were likewise victims of the virtual attacks, which incited fan outrage across the platform.

While Etika’s Twitter account was suspended in light of the hack, it has since been restored – as have the accounts of other affected YouTubers as Twitter continues to remedy the severe security issue.


Bryce Hall hits back at critics of his “new rock hard abs”

Published: 17/Oct/2020 21:57

by Charlotte Colombo


As one of the most popular members of the Sway House, TikToker Bryce Hall is more than used to experiencing a bit of social media scrutiny every now and again.

Hall has recently been sharing his body journey over on Twitter, with him recently posting how much muscle he has gained in the last month. However, with fans mocking him for using ab sculpting treatments to achieve his physique, it looks like he has finally hit back.


When leading celebrity doctor Dr Jennifer Berman uploaded a TikTok revealing that he had been undertaking body contouring sessions with leading body sculpting clinic EmSculpt, many fans reacted negatively.

One TikTok user mocked Hall for “buying abs”, while another was critical of him not “put[ting] the work in” to get a better physique and instead relying on cosmetic treatments. Other users described the video as “embarrassing”, with one commenter quipping: “What abs?”

@drjenbermanCelebrating with @brycehall rocking his new six pack! One 30 min ##EmSculpt session got him rock-hard, sculpted abs! 💪🏻 ##WorkOut ##Abs ##BryceHall ##Fyp♬ 2 on Tinashe slowed and reverb – you are loved🥺💕

Unsurprisingly, with several fans tagging him in the replies of these hateful comments, Hall seemed unwilling to take this criticism lying down.

In his own comment on the TikTok, which amassed over 200 likes, he said: “Half the people in the comments talkin’ can’t even lift their own body weight in the gym… shut up, hit the gym, and stay mad [sic]”.

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TikTok: drjenberman
Hall was quick to hit back at fans criticising him, telling them to ‘shut up’ in a TikTok comment.

With Hall’s clapback later being picked up by Instagram page TikTokRoom, it didn’t take long for fans on Instagram to show their support for Hall. In one comment that got over 11,000 likes, one user accused fans of “body shaming” Hall.


Meanwhile, in another comment that got over 10,000 likes, an Instagram user pointed out the irony of fans “talk[ing] bad about these “influencers” and cry[ing] when they clap back”.

Referring to some of his past controversies, another fan claimed that while Bryce was “educating himself and growing”, fans continued to “keep hating on him for literally anything”.

Hall isn’t the only TikTok star to be experiencing a lot of hate recently. When Charli D’Amelio posted a video opening up about her struggles and the stress of being in the spotlight for World Mental Health Day, fans instead focussed on her “D’Amelio privilege”, calling her out for flouting social distancing rules.