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‘You need to be extremely careful’: Woman says she found a hidden camera inside a Victoria’s Secret fitting room

A Victoria's Secret shopper is urging other shoppers to be careful in store dressing rooms after she allegedly found a hidden camera while changing.

The shopper, named Abby (@aabby.hk), posted a TikTok sharing the PSA while doing her makeup. In the video, she advises viewers to be "extremely careful" when they change their clothes in store dressing rooms.

Abby says she recently tried on multiple outfits in a Victoria's Secret changing room. During her time in the room, she misplaced an item of clothing, and while she was searching for it, she found a GoPro-like camera underneath a stool in the room. The camera was leaning against one of the stool's legs and facing a small mirror. Abby says the setup seemed intentionally placed so that the camera could secretly record her while she was changing.

Once she discovered the camera, Abby looked at its camera roll and found footage of over 30 women changing in the dressing room, she says.

"What a shady little shit contraption — you have your camera with a mirror so that no one can see the camera?" Abby says in the video.

The TikToker says she immediately deleted the footage on the GoPro so that whoever set it up wouldn't be able to get the videos. Then, she says she told a Victoria's Secret employee what she found. The employee, who she claimed was was apologetic and alarmed, reportedly checked the other changing rooms and found the same camera setup in all five fitting rooms.

"When you go shopping, please please please please please please please check underneath the chairs," Abby says, ending her PSA.

@aabby.hk GRWM Please please please be careful when shopping at a store #grwm #makeup #thanksgivingeveoutfit #shopping #tryon #girltalk #safety ♬ original sound - Abby


Although some viewers applauded the TikToker for discovering the secret camera, multiple others chastised her for deleting the footage.

"NEVER DELETE THE FOOTAGE! tell store management and contact police! if stuff gets deleted it ruins with evidence and the potential to find who did it!" one viewer commented on the video.

"You shouldn’t have deleted or touched ANYTHING! Call 911 asap, don’t even tell employees because they could be in on it," a second viewer commented.

A third wrote in all caps, "SIS YOU JUST DELETED AN ENTIRE LAW SUIT."

In reply to that comment, Abby wrote, "there’s 4 other stalls of footage."

One viewer wrote in defense of the TikToker, "thanks for making this vid.. and u did what you thought was best in the moment. don’t worry ab everyone saying 'you should’ve done xyz' u did enough!!"

"You made my day. My goal was to inform an educate and I got attacked for what I didn’t do. Even when there was 4 other stalls of footage. U r the best," Abby said in reply to the comment.

Some viewers speculated that the cameras may have been set up by a Victoria's Secret employee.

"It has to be someone working there because it would look very sus if someone went into every room and set this up," one user said.

Another user commented, "I bet it was an employee, manager, or maintenance person/cleaner,.if they were in every room. police need to check prints."

The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via TikTok comment and to Victoria's Secret via email.

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Kids Online Safety Act could force tech companies to collect more data on minors, experts say

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Over 90 advocacy groups wrote a letter to the Senate opposing the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) on Monday, saying the legislation presents “unintended consequences that threaten the privacy, safety, and access to information rights of young people.”

The letter, signed by digital rights groups, human rights organizations, and LGBTQ+ advocacy funds, claims the bill would make it more dangerous for children to be online, despite the name of the legislation.

“We, the undersigned organizations, believe that the privacy, online safety, and digital well-being of children should be protected,” the groups said. “The 'Kids Online Safety Act,' would undermine those goals for all people, but especially children, by effectively forcing providers to use invasive filtering and monitoring tools; jeopardizing private, secure communications; incentivizing increased data collection on children and adults; and undermining the delivery of critical services to minors by public agencies like schools.”

KOSA was introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in February with one stated goal: “To protect the safety of children on the internet.”

The bill would establish a “duty of care” for social media companies and online services used by minors, which the groups call “burdensome.” 

“While KOSA’s aims of preventing harassment, exploitation, and mental health trauma for minors are laudable, the legislation is unfortunately likely to have damaging unintended consequences for young people,” the groups said. “KOSA would require online services to 'prevent' a set of harms to minors, which is effectively an instruction to employ broad content filtering to limit minors’ access to certain online content.”

The letter argues that heavy moderation for minors could see LGBTQ+ resources or sex education websites get caught in the wide filter net, as they have in public schools in the past. Companies would face pressure to over-moderate, the groups say, especially from state attorneys general who want to make political points about what kind of information minors should or should not be seen online. 

“At a time when books with LGBTQ+ themes are being banned from school libraries and people providing healthcare to trans children are being falsely accused of 'grooming,' KOSA would cut off another vital avenue of access to information for vulnerable youth,” the letter said.

KOSA would also require parental supervision on services, requiring all minors up to 16 years old to have parental surveillance on who they’re talking to and what kind of content they see. The groups state that while some parental supervision is necessary to keep kids safe online, “older minors”—like 15- and 16-year-olds—deserve their own independent rights.

KOSA would further require apps that are “reasonably likely to be used” by anyone under 17—which could be anything on the internet—to implement strict monitoring and age verification processes, meaning websites would likely gather and store more information from users, including government IDs and personally identifiable information. This system puts more data at risk of leaking if a data breach ever occurs.

According to Fight for the Future, one of the groups that signed the letter, KOSA is well-intentioned but poorly executed. Director of Fight for the Future Evan Greer in a press release said that: "Congress needs to pass real laws that rein in the abuses of Big Tech and protect everyone’s privacy and human rights rather than using kids as pawns to advance poorly drafted legislation in order to score political points.”

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The infantilization of autistic people on TikTok needs to stop

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Whenever I told somebody I was autistic, the atmosphere would instantly change. Their eyes would glaze over, their speech would slow down, and they would contort their face into a fixed, waxy smile. It wouldn’t matter if it were a teacher, peer, or even someone younger than me. As soon as the word “autism” was mentioned, any chance of being seen as an intellectual equal, or even just a fully-fledged person, would instantly vanish.

By 2019, it felt like public perceptions and awareness around neurodiversity became more nuanced and destigmatized. Across the past three years, hashtags like #autism, #autistic, and #neurodiversity cumulatively amassed billions of views on TikTok. Countless autistic creators that take the narrative into their own hands actively destigmatize autism and raise awareness of what it’s really like to be autistic.

However, I believe the complexity and nuance many autistic creators bring to the platform can be overshadowed by other accounts where autism is either seen through—or directly catered towards—the neurotypical gaze. By this, I mean a two-dimensional, warped version of autism where the neurodivergent person is either an eternal child, or an “uwu”-ifed, manic pixie dream girl. 

The “eternal child” stereotype is largely perpetuated because a significant number of TikTok accounts profess to be dedicated to an autistic person’s life and journey. But the autistic person isn’t the one in control of the account—their parent, partner, or caregiver is.

The question of whether autistic people, especially minors, can consent to their caregivers cherry-picking moments of their lives to put online is a complicated question for another day. But as a lot of these accounts are spearheaded by neurotypical parents, everything we’re seeing is filtered through the neurotypical gaze—meaning the way an autistic person is portrayed onscreen is from the point of view of a neurotypical person.

One prominent example of this is 24-year-old TikTok star Abbey (@hatsbyabbey). Abbey is on the autism spectrum and garnered 1.2 million followers on the account centered around her life. Her mother appears to primarily be the one behind the camera recording videos of Abbey at the theme park, Abbey showing her stuffed animals, and Abbey sharing her love of Disney. The way she interacts with Abbey and the way she portrays her in the video appear childlike—although Abbey engaged in more adult activities, like dating, when Netflix included her in a U.S.-based autism dating reality television show Love on the Spectrum.

Of course, Abbey has garnered a committed fanbase with her TikTok account, especially because autistic women are chronically underdiagnosed compared to men, meaning that her TikTok is a positive step forward in terms of representation. Several comments on her most recent TikTok about going to Paris called her “cute,” with one user saying they “love how her mind works.” One writer at the University of Virginia's student newspaper said they were a fan of hers because her “devotion to being her authentic self makes me smile,” while another Screen Rant writer described her TikToks with her boyfriend David as “heartwarming.”

However, there has also been a lot of criticism regarding how Abbey is infantilized on TikTok. One TikToker highlighted how in one recent video about Abbey choosing her dinner, one top comment referred to her as a “kid.” Another TikTok, made in response to her mother saying Abbey wants to drink wine because “all the other adults do it” pointed out that in this video her mother is “implying that she [Abbey] herself is not an adult, which she is.” 

Various users shared how they thought Abbey would be better off treated as an adult. “​​Honestly think if she didn't infantilize Abbey so much, Abbey would have a much more independent life,” one commenter wrote.

In a statement to Passionfruit, Abbey and her mother addressed the criticism and said “educating those who make inflammatory comments is our top priority.” 

“Abbey does not have the fine motor skills to operate an app like TikTok. To assume she has no awareness of her own involvement in her TikTok account due to the conversational prompting and technical assistance she requires is discriminatory. To suggest she's infantilized due to the gleeful innocence you see through the screen is deeply offensive. Abbey has a right to share her story as much as anyone else on social media,” they said in a joint statement.

Even when well-meaning siblings and parents try to present autistic people positively, they may unintentionally infantilize their loved ones. This is exemplified by a TikTok trend that went viral in early 2022 in which users shared screenshots of text conversations between them and their autistic family members. Many of these videos posited the communication and texting style of the autistic family member as “cute” and encouraged commenters to fawn over how adorable the autistic person was—even if they were a fully-grown adult.

There are many TikTok accounts run by parents who appear to baby their adult autistic children. A lot of these accounts contribute to infantilizing autistic people not just by the way they refer to and interact with their children, but also by the way “autism moms” center their own experiences and “struggles” in raising an autistic child.

In a recent viral TikTok, which amassed over 3.2 million views, a mother named Yessica (@stimmingwithmariah) lamented how her “autistic daughter” ripped the leaves off their houseplant. In the comments section, the creator was criticized for unnecessarily specifying their child was autistic. Users also said the video appeared to frame the child’s actions as an act of vindictiveness and spite that the mother was the victim of.

One autistic TikToker, Abigail Vogeler (@abigailvogeler), stitched the video and said, “It’s hard when I see people make videos of their hardships and attribute that to autism. ... when really, a neurotypical child could have made you upset as well. That’s not specific to autism, except making posts like this further stigmatizes us."

TikTokers Vogeler and Yessica did not respond to Passionfruit's request for comment via Instagram message and email.

@abigailvogeler #stitch with @stimmingwithmariah  other autistic individuals, what are your thoughts?? #autism #actuallyautistic #disabled #specialneeds ♬ original sound - Abigail Vogeler


Charli Clement, a writer and neurodiversity activist, often works to raise awareness of autism and their lived experiences through their TikTok account (@charliclement_). In a statement to Passionfruit, Clement said that they feel like “autistic people of all ages are constantly infantilized on TikTok.”

But infantilizing autism has a long history that far predates TikTok. In Infantilizing Autism, a 2011 paper published by Disability Studies Quarterly, authors Jennifer L. Stevenson, Bev Harp, and Morton Ann Gernsbacher found “several manifestations” of how autism is infantilized, including autism being depicted as a “child-bound disability” by parents, charitable organizations, the popular media, and the news industry.

Similarly, in her book War on Autism, Anne McGuire noted how “the West has a long history of infantilizing the disabled subject [...] the image of the disabled child is crucial to the financial and economic success of charity and advocacy work.” This inability to acknowledge the existence of autistic adults leads to autistic adults and other adults with developmental disabilities being treated as “childlike entitles, deserving fewer rights, and incurring greater condescension than adults without disabilities.”

These various presentations of autistic people on TikTok fall into a melting pot that actively promotes and endorses the infantilization of autism as normal, acceptable behavior. This has consequences not just via general stigmatization of autistic people on and off TikTok but also directly impacts the experiences of autistic creators on the app. In a world where autistic adults were not infantilized, they would not only have more agency over their lives in terms of medical care and treatment, but they’d also be able to live more independent lives in terms of living arrangements, dating, and employment.  

As well as raising awareness of autism, many autistic creators like to emphasize the idea of “autistic joy” by sharing videos of themselves engaging in one of their special interests (which can be a TV show, a movie, a celebrity, or something completely random like collecting Squishmallows), or “stimming” (a repetitive body movement or noise that helps autistic people regulate sensory input).

While these videos intend to normalize various aspects of autistic life, oftentimes these creators’ comments are flooded with compliments gushing about how “adorable” they are—completely missing the point of the video and once again seeing the autistic person through an infantilizing, neurotypical gaze.

Becca Butcher (@beccabutcherx), a full-time writer and social media influencer, told Passionfruit that a TikTok she made about her autism assessment—wherein she was told by her assessor that autistic people “don’t wear makeup” and “don’t enjoy parties”—received several comments claiming she couldn’t be autistic because “real autistic people aren’t able to use their phones to make TikToks, and real autistic people go to schools and care homes for ‘special needs’ people.”

Butcher said she doesn’t believe autism infantilization will be unlearned until autism is more thoroughly researched and destigmatized. “I hoped TikTok would help the cause since it’s a great place to learn new information from diverse groups of people who can share their own personal experiences with conditions like autism,” she added. “But it can also be a cesspool of negativity and misinformation too.”

Clement added, “It’s very difficult to navigate [infantilization on TikTok] because it comes from stereotypes and stigma. There are autistic adults who want to post things like makeup transitions or thirst traps, and why not? Being autistic doesn’t mean they can’t do that sort of content or that we’re being manipulated into doing so.”

TikTok is not just an app; it has real-world consequences. If the algorithm is constantly pushing the idea that autistic people are eternal children, it further entrenches this idea that we are fundamentally “lesser” than neurotypical people, which deeply harms our ongoing fight for agency and equality.

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How to make tingly brain-massaging ASMR videos

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ASMR videos have exploded across the internet in recent years, morphing from something that didn’t even have a name to a full-blown trend with subcategories and dedicated channels for viewers seeking various specific stimuli in the ASMR world. 

Fortunately for content creators, the low barrier to entry and the fact that this popular genre of video is still regularly evolving means there are plenty of opportunities for new creators to jump on the ASMR bandwagon and carve out their niche. If you’d like to know more about what it takes to start making ASMR videos yourself, read on.

What is ASMR?

ASMR refers to autonomous sensory meridian response, a tingling sensation in response to certain stimuli — often auditory, but sometimes visual or tactile — that generally starts around the scalp and travels down the back of one’s neck and down the spine. It’s considered to be a relaxing sensation, often triggered by gentle sounds such as blowing or ocean waves.

In turn, ASMR videos are recordings made of specific sounds, visuals, or scenarios intended to provoke this reaction in viewers.

Why do people like ASMR?

ASMR is often used for relaxation. People who experience it say it can help reduce stress and anxiety or even help them fall asleep. There have also been suggestions that it activates parts of the brain associated with oxytocin (known as the love hormone) and dopamine, which is released upon anticipation of a reward.

How does ASMR work?

Researchers are still diving into the science behind ASMR, but it is currently believed that only around 20% of the population experiences the phenomenon.

For those people, parts of the brain that are associated with reward and emotional arousal are activated when watching videos that trigger their ASMR, according to a study performed in 2018.

Another study by psychology professor Stephen Smith compared the brain scans of people who reported experiencing ASMR to those who didn’t, without exposing them to ASMR at the time. He noticed a difference between the two — where activities of certain areas of the brain tend to work together as a sort of network, that wasn’t so much the case with people who report experiencing ASMR.

“It does make intuitive sense that a condition associated with atypical sensory association and atypical emotional association would have different wiring in the brain,” Smith said.

We’ll have to wait a while longer for more definitive answers regarding the science of ASMR, but for those who experience it, the sensations it provides are proof enough that it is both real and relaxing.

Do ASMR videos make money?

All content is able to be monetized, and something as popular as ASMR is no exception.

According to Dexerto, the top-earning ASMR creator on YouTube, Jane ASMR, makes over $500k per month. Other high-earners in the field are making in the millions.

But you don’t have to be among the top creators to make good money from ASMR videos. You just have to find the right audience, have a good branding strategy, and make consistent, quality videos. For more ideas on how to get paid for your videos, check out our guide for making money as a content creator.

Types of ASMR videos

When you think of ASMR, you probably think of sound first and foremost. Those are the most well-known types of ASMR videos, centered around whispering or tapping or other gentle noises, but they certainly aren’t the only ones.

1) Talking — Yes, whisper videos are popular among ASMR enthusiasts, but speaking in a low voice, reading books aloud, or even just saying certain types of words can also produce the desired response in viewers.

2) Texture — Exploring the sounds made by certain textures is also a popular category of ASMR, usually accompanied by a corresponding visual for those who prefer more than just audio. Crinkling and scratching are two common examples of this.

3) Food — ASMR food videos can refer to listening to someone eat specific types of foods (crunching vegetables, slurping soup, or just plain old chewing), but also to anything from the sizzle of oil in a pan to a knife chopping up meat.

4) Roleplay/Personal Attention — Roleplay and personal attention ASMR often go hand-in-hand, with the creator setting up and running through scenarios that make the viewer feel cared for. 

5) Visual — While ASMR videos generally have a visual component, some focus almost entirely on visual stimuli rather than auditory ones, such as the flicker of a candle in a dark room.

6) Tactile — Tactile ASMR is all about physical touch. While that can’t be replicated over video, for some people, watching tactile ASMR (like someone running fingers through their hair) play out on screen evokes a memory or sensation close enough to it that it triggers a similar response.

What are some popular ASMR triggers?

While any number of things can trigger ASMR for an individual, there are some stimuli that are more commonly appreciated among ASMR enthusiasts than others.

For example:

  • whispering
  • tapping
  • page-turning
  • crinkling
  • chewing
  • blowing
  • typing
  • scratching
  • humming
  • playing with slime
  • water dripping
  • eye contact
  • light patterns
  • mixing paint
  • brushing hair
  • massage

Any of these proven triggers would be a great place to start on your own journey to creating ASMR videos, but don’t be afraid to think outside of the box either. 

How to make ASMR videos [Step-by-step guide)

Now that we’ve dived into what all ASMR entails and what some of the more popular topics are, it’s time to discuss how to actually make these videos.

Pick a topic

It’s best to pick a trigger that resonates with you when you’re first getting started in ASMR. Having an emotional connection to what you’re making will allow your intuition to help guide you in creating the type of content you would want to see yourself.

If you aren’t sure where to start, revisit the list above of popular triggers, go down the YouTube ASMR rabbit hole, or just sit quietly and reflect on the sounds, visuals, or other experiences that give you that tingly feeling all ASMR enthusiasts are chasing after.

Plan your video

Some ASMR videos can be done somewhat on the fly, while others may need more prep. For example, if you are doing a roleplay ASMR, you may want to come up with either a script or a basic outline as to how you want things to go beforehand. But even if you are starting with something more simple, like scratching different surfaces, you may want to decide in advance how you want to film that visually, whether you want to change up sound patterns along the way, or even roughly how long you would like the video to be, as ASMR videos can get quite long. You can adjust a lot of things in editing, but it never hurts to go into things with a plan.

Gather your equipment

You can make ASMR videos with nothing more than a smartphone if that’s what you have to work with. If you’re looking to upgrade to better, dedicated equipment, you’ll want to start with a camera and an ideal ASMR microphone, such as the Sony ZV-1 and the Blue Yeti, and go from there. 

Check out our list of everything you need to make ASMR videos for gear recommendations and suggestions for accessories you may not have thought about. (And don’t forget to double-check that everything is working before you jump into recording!)

Prepare your recording space

Most likely, you’ll be recording your videos in an apartment or house, both of which are subject to all sorts of ambient noise you may not even register anymore. You’ll want to find the place in your home that gives you the most control over that — far away from a busy street, a dripping faucet, a noisy refrigerator, or any roommates that might be bustling around in their own rooms. Some people even set up recording spaces in their closets, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

Once you’ve chosen your space, do what you can to block out any existing or potential noise. Hanging up sound blankets will help with thin walls or windows, and putting down rugs will help stop any sound from bouncing off hardwood floors.

It can also be a good idea to plug in your microphone and listen through a good set of headphones to see if there are any noises you aren’t picking up on until they’re emphasized on the recording, like a ceiling fan or someone watching TV in another room. You likely won’t be able to shut out all the noise, but anything you can get rid of before you start to record will save you effort later during editing.

If the visual component of your video is particularly important, such as if you are engaging in roleplay ASMR set at a bookstore, you’ll obviously need to set up your space for this as well. Position your camera early on so that you know exactly what your frame is and can dress your set accordingly.

Record your video

Now it’s time to actually make your video! Remember that most people seek out ASMR for relaxation, so stay calm and relaxed as you record. Speak or move slowly and be conscious of any noises you might be making just by moving around. While some creators opt to do their ASMR videos all in one take, don’t feel confined by that. If you need to edit pieces out, that’s perfectly fine, and editing can help make the sound transitions come together smoothly. And even if you go into recording with a plan, don’t be afraid to try something unexpected out if you feel so inspired — you can always take it out later.

Check your footage

Watch and listen to your footage (with headphones) before moving on, so you know right away if there’s anything you need to re-record.

How to edit ASMR videos

Once you’re sure you’ve gotten everything you need in terms of audio and video, it’s time to move on to editing. If you recorded in one long take, you may be tempted to skip this step, but there are always improvements to be made in editing.

Choose your editing software

If you have an Apple computer and just want to get started without investing more money, iMovie will handle most basic edits. For something with more capability, try Adobe Premiere Elements for beginners or Adobe Premiere Pro if you already have some experience editing. You can also check out DaVinci Resolve, which offers both a free version and a paid upgrade

While most video editors have some sound editing capabilities, getting comfortable with using dedicated audio editing software will ultimately only serve to improve the quality of your ASMR videos. For that, GarageBand (for Mac users) or Audacity are good free options, while Avid Pro Tools is a powerful professional upgrade.

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Import your files

It’s a good idea to get in the habit of storing your video and audio files on an external hard drive, such as the WD 2TB Elements Portable drive. Connect your phone or camera to your computer or plug in your memory card, and transfer the files over. From there, you can import them following the instructions from your editing software of choice, which usually just requires a simple push of a button.

Line up your clips

Now that all your media is available in your editing software, you have to choose which clips you are going to use. Assemble the video clips in the timeline to make a rough cut of your edit. Things will go more smoothly if you do that first before you start playing around with trimming different parts or adding special effects to individual clips.

Edit your video

By now, you’ve probably watched other ASMR videos similar to the one you are making yourself. Hopefully, you paid attention to how they were paced, how they did transitions between shots, whether they cut away to close-ups or other angles, and any other techniques that can help you in your own edit. Don’t worry about emulating someone else’s style, or making a particularly intricate edit right away, but thinking about what other people have done can help, especially if you get stuck or something doesn’t feel right to you in your edit.

Mostly, this step will just be made up of splitting, shortening, and combining clips to make a cohesive video. You can also play around with color correction to enhance your visuals, especially if you opted to include DaVinci Resolve somewhere in your editing workflow.

Edit your audio

Assuming audio plays an important role in your ASMR video, take your time on this part of the edit. Listen for any ambient sounds that interrupt your audio and do your best to isolate and remove them from the track. You may also have to play around with fixing pops and hisses that can’t be isolated and removed. Fortunately, many audio editors come with intuitive presets that help with this, although playing around with their settings will often get you the best results.

Enhance your video

Most experienced content creators include a title card and an end card on their videos to let viewers know what and who they are about to watch and to provide suggestions of other videos on their channel to watch next. It’s good to get in the habit of doing this even from the first video so that your content has a professional, uniform look to it that viewers can come to associate with your brand.

Export your video

Now that your video is done, you have to export the whole thing into a single video file to upload to YouTube. The specifics of this will depend on your video editing software, but generally, you will want to export to .mp4 (sometimes referred to as H.264 format), with a frame size of at least 1280 x 720.

Optional: Edit for different platforms

If you are planning to utilize social media like Instagram or TikTok to draw viewers to your YouTube channel, you may also want to edit bite-sized videos tailored specifically to those platforms to get potential viewers interested in checking out the full-length video. Don’t forget to tag those shorter clips with your YouTube channel information so people know where to go.

What next?

Now that your ASMR video is recorded and edited, it’s time to upload it to your YouTube channel! But even after that, you’re not finished just yet. For more information on how to build an audience and explore avenues for making money with your ASMR videos, check out our guide for content creators.

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‘Dang poor guy is out working hard’: Woman says she caught her neighbor cheating on husband through Blink camera

A TikToker who goes by Arieanaa (@ariena_) on the platform went viral after uploading Blink camera footage of a woman letting a man, who Arieanaa says is not the woman's husband, enter her apartment unit.

"I caught my neighbor cheating on her husband," the text overlay begins on the video, which was viewed nearly 1 million times.

"A man came over with a pack of liquor at 10pm... at 3am she walked him out the front door with no pants on. ... This was last night now her husband just came home today after being gone for 4 days," the text overlay and text-to-speech effect note.

"Watch this y'all," the voice continues. The video cuts to the doorbell camera footage of what she claims is the neighbor's husband leaving the unit. He is carrying a large neon green duffel bag and is standing outside the door. The video then cuts to a man standing outside of the door with a box containing what appears to be beer cans. He's wearing black sneakers, gray sweatpants, and a hoodie.

He's about to place a call on his phone before a woman answers the door and lets him inside. "You aint door dash if you get invited inside," text overlay on the video reads.

The clip then cuts to footage of the man emerging from the front door. He is holding his hoodie in his hand and walks away as the woman watches him leave. She's wearing what appears to be an oversized shirt. "Fast forward to 3am & no pants," the TikToker says in the text.

The last portion of the video features the man holding the green duffel returning to the unit. "& the same morning hours later green bag husband returns," the TikToker continues in the text.

Arieanaa finished the clip with a meme of a woman sipping tea and a text overlay that reads: "I try to mind my business but y'all bring the business to me."

@arieana_ Oops the stuff you find when reviewing your doorbell camera logg .. #cheatingneighbor #notdoordash #cheater #notmybuisness #Latenight #doorbellcam ♬ Oh No - Kreepa


Commenters are urging Arienaa to tell the woman's husband what she saw. Some said she should be blunt with her approach, while one suggested Arienaa "ask the man on a date. If he says he is faithful just be like oh I thought you had an open relationship."

"Please tell him. It’s not fair everyone else on the internet knows except him!" one urged.

It's unclear what Arienaa plans to do as she has not responded to any comments nor made any follow-up videos.

The Daily Dot reached out to Arienaa via TikTok comment.

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Comment was by RichardtheRaelian on June 23, 2022 at 1:31am

Hi! Being online on the internet feels like meditation.

Comment was by Chris on August 21, 2019 at 4:48am

Libraries, Electricity,  telephones, the Internet, TV, Radio, Mail (postal service)  seems to me should be a public resource as should education facilities as opposed to private entities.

Having written that if these were public instutions then the public would be able to influence the institutions as opposed to private (for profit) institutions.

Comment was by Chris on August 15, 2019 at 4:11am

May be interesting to some.

May be of interest to some about robo calls. https://www.c-span.org/video/?462709-1/senate-hearing-combating-rob... July 17, 2019 Senate Hearing on Combating Robocall See more
Comment was by Chris on August 9, 2019 at 6:50am

Doone,

Wrong. Your links are nonsense.

Comment was by Chris on August 8, 2019 at 6:30am

Stephen,

As you may know to promote infrustructure  takes individuals support.

It upsets me that some don't know know much about economonimic therory.

My thoughts are that the Internet, wires connecting it should be considered a Public Utility.

It should be well known that the Internet, and the internet was developed as a public agengy. 

Pre Mosaic-- IP.

The same with the electrical grid.

Comment was by Chris on August 8, 2019 at 6:09am

Comment by Stephen on November 3, 2015 at 5:58am

Chris I'm constantly surprised that California of all places is as slow as it appears to be. I've noticed that most of your phone lines are overhead and not buried underground and I read somewhere that overhead cables are hard to convert to fibre optics. You can understand it in the more rural areas but from what ive seen even in your cities they are laid out above ground

Hello Stephen,

Laid above and below ground - or even on tower cells.

Donno if you have a cell phone - most people I know who use cell phones have terrible connections.

Above ground fiber was recently ran to the pole infront of my house.

Don't understand - thought do understand why the road was repaved without  doing it to make it more safe  and effieient - even thought the cost may have been higher at the beginning.

Frustrating.

That's another subject though.

Comment was by Chris on August 2, 2019 at 3:16am

On Big Networks.

Interesting commentary.

Comment was by Chris on August 2, 2019 at 3:09am

May be of interest to some.

Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $...

In her lawsuit, Tulsi Gabbard asserts that Google muffled her free speech rights when it briefly suspended her ad account after the Democratic debate in June.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times.

  • July 25, 2019

Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the long-shot presidential candidate from Hawaii, said in a federal lawsuit that Google infringed on her free speech when it briefly suspended her campaign’s advertising account after the first Democratic debate in June.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in a federal court in Los Angeles, is believed to be the first time a presidential candidate has sued a major technology firm.

In a twist that reflects Ms. Gabbard’s unorthodox political views, the claim that her speech was stifled by Google is similar to complaints made over the last year in Republican circles. Few Democrats have raised similar concerns.

Big tech companies like Google are getting increasing scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators around the world for a wide variety of issues, including their influence on political debate, their handling of consumer data, and the aggressive way they compete with smaller companies.

A day before the Gabbard lawsuit was filed, Facebook said the Federal Trade Commission had opened a formal antitrust investigation into its business practices. Earlier in the day, the F.T.C. announced that Facebook was fined a record $5 billion for deceiving users about their ability to control the privacy of their personal data.

Tulsi Now Inc., the campaign committee for Ms. Gabbard, said Google suspended the campaign’s advertising account for six hours on June 27 and June 28, obstructing its ability to raise money and spread her message to potential voters.

After the first Democratic debate, Ms. Gabbard was briefly the most searched-for candidate on Google. Her campaign wanted to capitalize on the attention she was receiving by buying ads that would have placed its website at the top of search results for her name.

More in the first link.

Comment was by Chris on July 29, 2019 at 9:59pm

Aaron Swatz full movie.  Maybe it should be in the Doccumentaries group, the medical group, or a political group.

Comment was by Chris on July 27, 2019 at 5:48am

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard sues Google over suspension of ad account

The lawsuit adds to a chorus of bipartisan complaints against Google over the power it has accumulated.

Google spokeswoman Riva Sciuto said that an automated system triggered the suspension.

“We have automated systems that flag unusual activity on all advertiser accounts — including large spending changes — in order to prevent fraud and protect our customers,” Sciuto said in a statement.

“In this case, our system triggered a suspension and the account was reinstated shortly thereafter. We are proud to offer ad products that help campaigns connect directly with voters, and we do so without bias toward any party or political ideology.”

The company has the largest share of the worldwide digital ad market, with 31 percent of all digital ad revenue, according to research firm eMarketer. Google’s grip on ads related to searches is even tighter, with 61 percent of the market worldwide.

Democratic and Republican politicians have shown growing frustration with the power of social media companies and Silicon Valley generally. In 2017, Twitter blocked an abortion-related video ad from Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., before reversing itself and allowing it.

More in the above link.

 

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