Dream’s report on cheating accusations rejected by Minecraft Speedrunning team

Published: 1/Jan/2021 11:43

by Georgina Smith


After YouTuber Dream hired an astrophysicist to write a report disproving claims he cheated on his 1.16 speedrun, the Minecraft Speedrunning mod team has rejected it, saying there is “no feasible, legitimate way” that the YouTuber experienced the drops he got.

On December 11 2020, YouTuber Dream revealed on his second Twitter account that his 1.16 Minecraft speedrun had been rejected on account of it being “too unlikely to verify.”

The moderators’ verdict, compiled into a video by YouTuber Geosquare, was that the drop rates of certain significant items within the game were so unlikely that it could not simply be chalked down to luck.

In the weeks following, Dream set about making his own comprehensive response to the accusations, and hired an astrophysicist from online science consulting company Photoexcitation. They put together a scientific report ‘proving’ that the drop rates were possible, and that the moderator team were skewing their data.

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Both sides of the debate have been consulting scientific data to illustrate their argument.

While Dream still has a huge amount of support, there were some online who were less than convinced by the math, and a Reddit user who described themself as a “particle physicist with a PhD in physics,” said that the astrophysicist’s report was full of “absurd errors” and “amateur mistakes.”

On December 31, the Minecraft Speedrunning team released their final report and a statement on Twitter, revealing that they would not reinstate Dream’s 1.16 record despite having read his response report.

“Following the report released by Photoexcitation that was commissioned by Dream, numerous qualified sources have examined Photoexcitation’s math and found considerable flaws, both in the methodology, and accuracy of calculations used,” they said.

“We continue to stand by the conclusion that there is no feasible, legitimate way Dream experienced his rates in his October 1.16 speedrun attempts.”

YouTuber Geosquare also tweeted: “We aren’t making a video, we don’t want drama. Some math Photoexcitation did was wrong, that’s it.”

After the final verdict was released, Dream joked about YouTubers who make him out to be a “scumbag.”

“I don’t care about my run being verified, the mods decision is respectable, sorry for my behavior originally, at the end of the day I understand their POV,” he tweeted.

The saga has been ongoing for a while now and it seems like at this point both parties are ready to lay the dispute to rest, even if it wasn’t a perfect outcome for all involved.


That Vegan Teacher responds to TikTok ban for alleged “community violations”

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:48 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 0:50

by Jacob Hale


Notorious TikTok vegan That Vegan Teacher has created a video response after being banned on the platform for allegedly violating several community guidelines.

That Vegan Teacher, real name Kadie Karen Diekmeyer, has clocked up around 1.5m followers on the app and is known for her very firm vegan beliefs, which she frequently preaches on the app.

She’s also had several run-ins with other top names — including, notably, Minecraft sensation 16-year-old TommyInnit, whose fans bombarded her with hate comments after she suggested someone help him feel more comfortable around girls.

Now, after rumors that she had been arrested in January 2021 (which was proven false), she seems to have been banned from the app altogether.

ThatVeganTeacher on TikTok
TikTok: thatveganteacher
ThatVeganTeacher has been a divisive figure on TikTok.

Why was That Vegan Teacher banned on TikTok?

At the time of writing, there’s no clear explanation as to why That Vegan Teacher has been banned on TikTok, with neither her nor TikTok coming out with an explanation.

While the reason hasn’t been confirmed, a disclaimer on her TikTok profile suggests it’s due to multiple Community Guidelines violations.

This could be any number of things, so it’s impossible to speculate on what exactly the violations could be, and we’ll have to wait for official confirmation before reporting it. According to TikTok’s guidelines though, her misdemeanor could fall under any of these categories:

  • Violent extremism
  • Hateful behavior
  • Illegal activities and regulated goods
  • Violent and graphic content
  • Suicide, self harm and dangerous acts
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Adult nudity and sexual activities
  • Minor safety
  • Integrity and authenticity
  • Platform security
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That Vegan Teacher’s TikTok now shows no followers, likes or posts.

That Vegan Teacher has in the past had her videos reacted to by top celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, who didn’t seem her biggest fan, and Russell Brand for her divisive takes.

That Vegan Teacher responds to her TikTok ban

A short time later, That Vegan Teacher created a video response to the situation, which she uploaded to YouTube with all comments and likes/dislikes turned off.

In her video, the controversial TikToker accused her critics of being “scared” of telling kids “the truth” about veganism, and alleged that her ban was the work of “veganphobic” users. In her video description, she also alleged that her home had been “attacked” by critics, who left “dead animal parts” on her front door and – even purportedly doxed her personal information.

That’s not all; some TikTokers believe that Vegan Teacher may have started using a new TikTok account, although these rumors have yet to be fully verified at the time of writing.

Previously, she has drawn comparisons between animal cruelty and atrocities such as the Holocaust, which is likely a large contributor to why TikTok users would report her and the platform would ultimately kick her off.