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xQc removes controversial emote from his channel

Published: 7/Oct/2018 18:08

by Vincent Genova

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Overwatch streamer xQc has removed the ‘Hyperbruh’ emote from his channel, saying it could lead to people being racist in his chat.

The ‘Hyperbruh’ emote features an African-American male with glowing eyes.

xQc became visibly frustrated with his chat spamming the emote and removed it from his channel while live on stream.

He then explained his reasons for banning ‘Hyperbruh,’ calling it “negative” and saying that people who use the emote could potentially push the line further into racist comments.

“What happens [after using Hyperbruh], it’s a chain effect…’What if I go further, what if i’m just straight racist’ and then people do it,” said xQc shortly after removing the emote.

The move to ban the emote could be seen as a positive step for xQc, who has a reputation of being a toxic streamer.

During his time as a professional Overwatch player for the Dallas Fuel, xQc received a suspension for spamming the ‘Trihard’ emote in the chat of an official OWL stream.

‘Trihard’ was also seen as an emote with racist overtones.

He would eventually leave the OWL to focus on streaming, but still received a 15 day ban from Blizzard for abusive game chat in August.

After the incident, xQc tweeted an apology and said that he “will be better” going forward.

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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.