A 47-yr-old TikTok house manager telling teen girls to dance on stripper poles. Arranging dates for female influencers without their permission. Telling stressed-out girls they're probably on their period when they don't want to film exploitative content.
Incredible, groundbreaking work on this under-covered beat by @arperelli, @dwhate, and @SydneyKBradley. A dream team.
What this industry puts teen girls (and boys!) through is the stuff of nightmares. Parents need to know what they're signing their kids up for when a shady manager promises TikTok fame and fortune. This is 2000s tabloid exploitation multiplied by 100.

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22 Mar
I didn’t expect to wake up to a call from my editor telling me a YouTuber with 2.8M subscribers uploaded a secretly recorded phone call with me.

I really didn’t expect that YouTuber to then reveal on a livestream that he didn’t read the article he made a 20-min video about.
.@jeffwittek , thanks for apologizing. At one point as @trishapaytas and @h3h3productions explained to you for over an hour why that apology was necessary, you admitted that you intended to send your fans to attack me for writing the article you did not read.
They did! I received more than one detailed death threat today. And literally hundreds of hate comments and direct messages.
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21 Mar
The other thing I will say about this clip, which is really bothering people — before Jeff asked me if I was sorry, he told me people were calling him a rapist & pedophile. I was apologizing because he had to experience that.
I would actually love for Jeff to release this entire conversation, which he recorded late at night (for me) without my consent. He used a lot of manipulation tactics to try and get me to say things knowing he would use them against me.
He spent most of the call complaining that he was losing sponsorships and getting hate because of my story. Then he flat-out made a video insinuating that I should lose my job and be attacked for including information he himself gave me in our interview.
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21 Mar
A few notes from me addressing Jeff Wittek’s video: Here is our initial conversation about who bought the whiskey. Jeff chose to leave out the fact that Sarah, one of the women there, remembered him and Todd coming back with the whiskey.
Jeff says that Trisha was the only one who remembers him buying the alcohol. That’s not true — Sarah, Hannah’s friend, told me that Jeff and Todd came back to the apartment with whiskey after Todd asked the girls what kind of alcohol they wanted.
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19 Mar
THREAD: Following the Vlog Squad rape allegations scandal, the brands that have sponsored David Dobrik's videos are starting to respond. @arperelli is compiling them, along with reporting by me, @linzasaur and @SydneyKBradley
Notably, arguably David's two biggest sponsors & partners — SeatGeek and Nickelodeon — have issued non-responses. Nickelodeon, who had Dobrik present at the Kids Choice Awards last week, said "no comment." Image
Dollar Shave Club was the first major brand to say it was flat-out cutting ties with Dobrik because of the allegations against Dom Zeglaitis and the Vlog Squad. This was reported by @arperelli
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