- Mia Khalifa was a trending topic on Twitter Tuesday because she shut down a rumor that she had died by suicide and made a TikTok about her recent nose job with the caption: “I’d never hide behind a tree. Don’t compare urself to anyone on the internet, ur beautiful.”
- That caption was a reference to singer Madison Beer, who has regularly denied having work done but was recently photographed hiding behind a tree outside a cosmetic surgery center.
- Khalifa also commented under a TikTok warning a young girl not to join the adult film industry because it’s “not worth it,” which reignited discussions about her experience, pay, and the long-running struggles she’s faced since leaving the industry after only three months.
Mia Khalifa was a trending topic on Twitter Tuesday morning for several different reasons, so if you’re struggling to keep track, here’s what you need to know.
First, rumors circulated that the popular social media personality and sports commentator was dead. According to several reports, a tweet that has since been deleted read: “Very Shocking……. Mia khalifa commits suicide.RIP #miakhalifa.”
But Khalifa is actually is alive and well, and she responded to the hoax with some humor, tweeting, “Please don’t think I’m not keeping track of each of my friends that haven’t sent condolence flowers yet. I see you twats.”
Dig at Madison Beer in Recent TikTok
Along with this, Khalifa has also been picking up attention because of a recent TikTok she posted that threw some shade at singer Madison Beer. In that TikTok, Khalifa reveals that she’s just had a nose job and she wrote in the caption, “I’d never hide behind a tree. Don’t compare urself to anyone on the internet, ur beautiful.” She also tagged her surgeon who she thanked for changing her life.
Many suspected that her comment was a reference to Beer, who was recently criticized for hiding behind a tree outside a place some described as a plastic surgery center to seemingly avoid being photographed – which clearly did not work.
Those photos caught a lot of attention because Beer has been adamant that she hasn’t had plastic surgery. She’s admitted before that she had lip filler when she was younger, which she regretted and later had dissolved.
However, a lot of people online often accuse her of setting unrealistic beauty standards, which she gets very frustrated by and usually hits back against by saying she always tells girls not to compare themselves to others.
She’s repeatedly tried to shut down rumors of her having work done, even prompting a popular plastic surgeon on TikTok to apologize for suggesting she had a nose job.
So with these recent photos surfacing many are calling her a liar or are, at the very least, suspicious of her now.
In case there was any doubt that Khalifa was referring to Beer, take a look at these tweets. When one user wrote, “MIA KHALIFA SHADING MADISON BEER IS SOMETHING I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE,” Khalifa responded with, “I will be shading anyone who sets unrealistic beauty standards for young impressionable fans.”
I will be shading anyone who sets unrealistic beauty standards for young impressionable fans.— Mia K. 🇱🇧 (@miakhalifa) June 23, 2020
Then when someone said, “JUST @ MADISON BEER ON TIKTOK IM FUCKING CRYIING,” Khalifa said that her doctor deserved the recognition, not Beer.
She’s also said it’s dangerous and irresponsible for Beer to not be honest with her fans, telling her to “be better.”
Conversations About Adult Film Industry
Then, arguably the main reason Khalifa is trending is because she is once again being vocal about her experience working in the adult film industry.
The discussion reignited when a TikTok user posted a video with the text, “when you realize pornhub pays you 20k to be in a video w/o your face in it.”
Then in the comments section, Khalifa wrote, “Girl don’t do it……..iss not worth it.”
Once that was shared on social media, people began talking about Khalifa’s experience, sharing information from some of her old interviews about her low pay.
Many of those posts seemed to refer to a comment Khalifa made last year where she said she only made a total of around $12,000 while working in the industry.
Another user wrote, “I watched a video about how mia khalifa regret being pornstar and how hard is it for her to look for job after quitting her porn star career. No money is worth throwing your dignity away..”
Khalifa has retweeted and responded to some of these posts, saying things like, “Please please please think about this if you are considering the sex industry. They make it impossible to rectify your regrets should you have them in the future.”
To people saying she deserved to be paid more, she said, “I’d rather have it removed than take a dime from that bag. I was offered millions to return for 1 video & felt violated all over again by the sheer audacity that they thought my body was contingent on the right price (years after I started speaking out against industry practices)”
In another post, she further explained the impact that working in the sex industry had on her life.
However, to be clear she did say that she’s not against sex work, but against how sex workers are treated, “especially the young ones who want their lives back years down the line.”
While she of course received some criticism, in general, many people online are glad to see Khalifa consistently being open and honest with her following about her career and life experiences.
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Schools Across the U.S. Cancel Classes Friday Over Unverified TikTok Threat
Officials in multiple states said they haven’t found any credible threats but are taking additional precautions out of an abundance of safety.
Schools in no fewer than 10 states either canceled classes or increased their police presence on Friday after a series of TikToks warned of imminent shooting and bombs threats.
Despite that, officials said they found little evidence to suggest the threats are credible. It’s possible no real threat was actually ever made as it’s unclear if the supposed threats originated on TikTok, another social media platform, or elsewhere.
“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” TikTok’s Communications team tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Still, given the uptick of school shootings in the U.S. in recent years, many school districts across the country decided to respond to the rumors. According to The Verge, some districts in California, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas shut down Friday.
“Based on law enforcement interviews, Little Falls Community Schools was specifically identified in a TikTok post related to this threat,” one school district in Minnesota said in a letter Thursday. “In conversations with local law enforcement, the origins of this threat remain unknown. Therefore, school throughout the district is canceled tomorrow, Friday, December 17.”
In Gilroy, California, one high school that closed its doors Friday said it would reschedule final exams that were expected to take place the same day to January.
According to the Associated Press, several other districts in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania stationed more police officers at their schools Friday.
Viral Misinformation or Legitimate Warnings?
As The Verge notes, “The reports of threats on TikTok may be self-perpetuating.”
For example, many of the videos online may have been created in response to initial warnings as more people hopped onto the trend. Amid school cancellations, videos have continued to sprout up — many awash with both rumors and factual information.
“I’m scared off my ass, what do I do???” one TikTok user said in a now-deleted video, according to People.
“The post is vague and not directed at a specific school, and is circulating around school districts across the country,” Chicago Public Schools said in a letter, though it did not identify any specific post. “Please do not re-share any suspicious or concerning posts on social media.”
According to Dr. Amy Klinger, the director of programs for the nonprofit Educator’s School Safety Network, “This is not 2021 phenomenon.”
Instead, she told The Today Show that her network has been tracking school shooting threats since 2013, and she noted that in recent years, they’ve become more prominent on social media.
“It’s not just somebody in a classroom of 15 people hearing someone make a threat,” she said. “It’s 15,000 people on social media, because it gets passed around and it becomes larger and larger and larger.”
Jake Paul Says He “Can’t Get Cancelled” as a Boxer
The controversial YouTuber opened up about what it has been like to go from online fame to professional boxing.
The New Yorker Profiles Jake Paul
YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul talked about his career switch, reputation, and cancel culture in a profile published Monday in The New Yorker.
While Paul rose to fame as the Internet’s troublemaker, he now spends most of his time in the ring. He told the outlet that one difference between YouTube and boxing is that his often controversial reputation lends better to his new career.
“One thing that is great about being a fighter is, like, you can’t get cancelled,” Paul said. The profile noted that the sport often rewards and even encourages some degree of bad behavior.
“I’m not a saint,” Paul later continued. “I’m also not a bad guy, but I can very easily play the role.”
Paul also said the other difference between his time online and his time in boxing is the level of work. While he says he trains hard, he confessed that there was something more challenging about making regular YouTube content.
“Being an influencer was almost harder than being a boxer,” he told The New Yorker. “You wake up in the morning and you’re, like, Damn, I have to create fifteen minutes of amazing content, and I have twelve hours of sunlight.”
Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury
The New Yorker profile came just after it was announced over the weekend Paul will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury in an 8-round cruiserweight fight on Showtime in December.
“It’s time to kiss ur last name and ur family’s boxing legacy goodbye,” Paul tweeted. “DEC 18th I’m changing this wankers name to Tommy Fumbles and celebrating with Tom Brady.”
Both Paul and Fury are undefeated, according to ESPN. Like Paul, Fury has found fame outside of the sport. He has become a reality TV star in the U.K. after appearing on the hit show “Love Island.”
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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos
The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.
Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws.
For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform.
The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.
It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end.
The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions.
First Twitch Hack
Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.
That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019.
It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.
Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already.