- Longtime social media influencer Gabi DeMartino was slammed Tuesday for tricking her OnlyFans subscribers into paying $3 for a naked childhood video of herself.
- The locked content was captioned “won’t put my panties on,” prompting fans to assume their purchase would unlock a nude or, at the very least, risqué video of her.
- DeMartino initially accused critics of “reaching,” but later apologized and claimed her account was “NOT a sexual page.”
- Instead, she said she uses it like a “finsta” to post content she would normally share with close friends. However, Insider reported that her previous OnlyFans posts were sexual in nature.
- Though DeMartino says she deactivated her own account, OnlyFans said it terminated her page for breaking its terms of service. Now, many sex workers are concerned about how her actions will hurt adult entertainers who will face blame for something they didn’t and wouldn’t do.
What Did She Do?
OnlyFans said it deactivated a popular influencer’s account on Tuesday after she tricked people into paying for a naked childhood video of herself.
The creator under fire, 25-year-old Gabi DeMartino, is a longtime YouTuber with over 3 million subscribers on her personal channel and 9.6 million on the joint channel she shares with her twin sister. DeMartino also boasts impressive followings on Instagram and Twitter and is perhaps best recognized for her striking resemblance to singer Ariana Grande.
Like other stars and influencers in recent months, DeMartino created an account on OnlyFans, the popular subscription site predominantly used by sex workers because it allows nude and risqué content.
However, DeMartino caused widespread outrage Tuesday after she sent a message to her OnlyFans subscribers that read: “won’t put my panties on.”
That message was accompanied by a 35-second video clip that fans had to pay $3 to unlock. Because of her wording, many assumed that if they paid, they would receive a nude or, at the very least, risqué video of her.
Instead, what fans reportedly ended up getting was a video of her as a toddler lifting up her dress to show herself naked underneath.
Almost immediately, people began slamming DeMartino for duping her fans into essentially buying child pornography. Many also said they were disturbed by what she had done and reported her to OnlyFans.
After seeing the initial backlash, most notably from YouTube drama channels, DeMartino seemed to defend herself.
“Drama channels are trying to make something out of a childhood video of me, that’s hilarious,” she said in a phone call with Insider reporter Kat Tenbarge.
“They’re reaching,” she added.
However, the backlash continued to grow and DeMartino soon changed her tune. When the drama channel known as Spill Sesh demanded the influencer make a statement, she finally did.
“A childhood video of me on the phone sayin ‘Nani says put your panties back on’ and jumping up and down laughing. I’m sorry I didn’t think that one through. period. a home-video i love to share w my friends & i use my OF as a “finsta” page where i share stuff as i would w friends,” She wrote on Twitter.
She expanded on that statement in a follow up post, calling the video a “gooft throwback family moment” that she wanted to share with her fans.
“I am sorry that this wasn’t thought out completely I apologize. The video is down now I am sorry again if this came out wrong,” she continued.
OnlyFans Deactivates Her Account
While some fans accepted her apology, many internet users weren’t having it.
Several people specifically took issue with DeMartino claiming she uses her OnlyFans as a “Finsta,” a private account typically reserved for close friends.
In fact, when she talked to Insider via text message, she said her account “was NOT a sexual page.” However, the outlet noted that DeMartino’s previous OnlyFans posts were sexual in nature.
“DeMartino’s photos and videos on OnlyFans included a video of her boyfriend lying on top of her and kissing her and a picture of him groping her,” Insider reported. “She also posed topless for a “nip slip” image and for one image of her breasts pressed against another woman who was clothed. DeMartino also posted multiple videos of her twerking.“
This information caused many to question her apology further, meanwhile, others continued to take issue with how she marketed the video.
In a now-deleted tweet, DeMartino even addressed her phrasing in the initial message, saying: “I was trolling it was wrong period.”
She’s trying to play it off as just trolling🤢🤢🤢 pic.twitter.com/Y4wtHSJNJv— ✨Z3r0_Art and 777 others✨ (@Z3r0Art) December 1, 2020
DeMartino also told Insider that she took down her OnlyFans page after the outrage, but that too was called into question because OnlyFans issued a statement to several media outlets saying it deactivated her accounting for violating its terms of service.
Still, while her account is now gone, many adult entertainers are frustrated that yet another star is giving OnlyFans a bad name.
“It’s women like her that do this that make people turn to those of us in the adult industry who would never do something like this, and we take the blame for it,” Alana Evans, an adult entertainer and president of the Adult Performers Actors Guild (APAG) told The Daily Beast.
“It’s shocking. Just shocking,” she added.
Evans told the outlet that she reported the page to OnlyFans and encouraged the site to help authorities so that DeMartino is prosecuted. She also said she has contacted the FBI about this situation. However, at this time, it’s unclear if DeMartino will face any serious legal consequences.
See what others are saying: (The Daily Beast) (Insider) (PopBuzz)
Black Mirror or Reality? Microsoft Granted Patent for Tech That Lets It Create Chatbots of Dead People
- Microsoft has been granted a patent that would allow it to create artificial intelligence chatbots of dead people using “voice data, social media posts, electronic messages, written letters, etc.”
- As Microsoft noted in its patent proposal, chatbots could also be created to imitate living people — opening the door for users to train a digital version of themselves to be used after they die.
- In the patent filing, Microsoft also suggested creating 2D or 3D models of chatbot subjects by studying images and videos of them.
- Online, many noted the similarities between Microsoft’s patent and a 2013 episode of Black Mirror in which a woman creates an AI version of her deceased boyfriend.
Microsoft Granted Controversial Patent
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Microsoft a patent for technology that would allow it digitally revive dead people.
If implemented, Microsoft would use information like “voice data, social media posts, electronic messages, written letters, etc.,” to create artificial intelligence chatbots meant to replicate the person.
In its filing, Microsoft noted that the person could be “a friend, a relative, an acquaintance, a celebrity, a fictional character, a historical figure, a random entity, etc.”
Microsoft also noted, “the specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chat bot), or a version of oneself (e.g., oneself at a particular age or stage of life).”
As The Independent pointed out, that opens up the door for living users to be able to “train a digital replacement in the event of their death.”
But it doesn’t stop there. Microsoft has also suggested creating 2D or even 3D models of the person by studying images and videos of them.
Has Life Finally Become an Episode of Black Mirror?
Online, many noted the similarities between Microsoft’s patent and a 2013 episode of Black Mirror in which a character, played by Hayley Atwell, revives her recently-deceased boyfriend through an AI chatbot. As the episode progresses, that AI — played by Domhnall Gleeson — eventually becomes an exact replica android of her boyfriend.
“More people that need to remember Black Mirror is a warning sign, not a product manual,” said Tama Leaver, an internet studies professor at Curtin University in Australia.
Indeed, many critics have interpreted the episode, which focuses on the grief felt by Atwell’s character because of her loss, as an examination of “our own mortality and our desire to play God.”
“It shines a spotlight on our desperate need to reverse a natural and necessary part of life without considering the consequences on our emotional well-being,” Roxanne Sancto said in a review for Paste Magazine.
In fact, series creator Charlie Brooker said part of his direct inspiration for writing the episode was based on Twitter and the question: “What if these people were dead and it was software emulating their thoughts?”
See what others are saying: (The Independent) (IGN) (Indie Wire)
JoJo Siwa Fans Caution Against Labeling the Star’s Sexuality
- JoJo Siwa was featured in two TikTok videos Wednesday that many felt signaled her as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
- One showed her dancing and lip-syncing to Paramore’s “Aint It Fun,” along with members of the TikTok group Pride House LA. Siwa specifically mouthed the lyric “Now you’re one of us,” which is also the caption of the post.
- The second video showed her lip-syncing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” a song that has long been heralded as an LGBTQ+ anthem.
- The 17-year-old entertainer has not directly addressed speculations about her sexuality, prompting many to caution against labeling her.
JoJo Siwa TikToks Trigger Sexuality Speculations
JoJo Siwa fans are urging the public not to label the 17-year-old entertainer’s sexuality, especially when she has not explicitly done so herself.
The request came after Siwa became a trending topic Wednesday when many speculated that she had come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
The speculations stem from two TikTok videos she was featured in. The first was posted on choreographer Kent Boyd’s account. It features him and other members of the TikTok group Pride House LA, which includes several stars from Disney Channel’s “Teen Beach Movie.”
It showed them all lip-syncing and dancing along to Paramore’s hit song “Ain’t It Fun.” Siaw specifically mouthed the lyric “Now you’re one of us.” That lyric was also the caption of the post.
Later in the day, Siwa posted a video on her personal TikTok account that featured her lip-syncing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” a song that has long been heralded as an LGBTQ+ anthem.
Part of the lyrics she sang along to were: “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian transgender life / I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive.”
These posts really started all the rumors online, and things picked up when influencers like James Charles, Bretman Rock, and others expressed their support.
Many fans also left comments on the videos saying they were proud of her, and journalist Yashar Ali tweeted, “This feels like a big deal if it is what I think it is…JoJo Siwa is hugely popular with kids.”
“And as someone just pointed out, if it is what I think it is, she’s doing it at the height of her fame when she’s selling out arenas,” he continued.
Despite the wave of praise, other fans feel that it’s inappropriate and harmful to make speculations about anyone’s sexuality.
Many have even shared their own experiences coming out, reminding people not to label Siwa as anything until she explicitly chooses to share that information herself.
While Siwa hasn’t directly addressed any of the responses as of yet, she has retweeted a post that features her video, the pride flag emoji, and the caption, “@itsjojosiwa is on the right track, she was born this way.”
Still, others also noted that she has publicly asked Lady Gaga to collaborate with her in the past, so perhaps this is a signal about that happening soon.
Others believe it could also be Siwa’s way of signaling that she is an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.
See what others are saying: (Insider) (Metro) (Teen Vogue)
Google Investigates Top AI Researcher Who Was Looking Into a Previous Firing
- Google is investigating the co-leader of its Ethical AI team, Margaret Mitchell.
- While Mitchell has not been fired, her account has been locked because Google said she “exfiltrated thousands of files” and shared them with people outside of the company.
- In a tweet, Mitchell indicated that she had been “documenting current critical issues” related to the firing of another Google AI Ethicist in December.
- Sources reportedly told Axios that Mitchell had been specifically looking for messages that showed discriminatory treatment of that fired researcher.
Google Investigates Margaret Mitchell
On Tuesday, Google stated that it is now investigating the co-leader of its Ethical Al team, Margaret Mitchell.
Mitchell has reportedly not been fired, but her company email account has been locked.
According to Google, its security systems automatically lock employee accounts “when they detect that the account is at risk of compromise due to credential problems or when an automated rule involving the handling of sensitive data has been triggered.”
In this case, Google said Mitchell “exfiltrated thousands of files” and then shared them with people outside of the company.
Why Did Mitchell Begin Looking Through Files?
Mitchell’s investigation is related to the ousting of another top AI ethicist at Google, Timnit Gebru, who was fired at the beginning of December.
Before Gebru was fired, managers reportedly instructed her to withdraw an unpublished research paper upon her return from vacation. In an email to the internal listserv Google Brain Women and Allies, Gebru then voiced frustration at managers for allegedly making the decision without her input.
“You are not worth having any conversations about this, since you are not someone whose humanity (let alone expertise recognized by journalists, governments, scientists, civic organizations such as the electronic frontiers foundation etc) is acknowledged or valued in this company,” Gebru said in a critique of the decision.
Gebru’s firing led to such a massive outcry from Google employees that Google CEO Sundar Pichai pledged to investigate the situation.
On Friday, Mitchell indicated in a tweet that she was also looking into Gebru’s firing, saying that she was “documenting current critical issues from [Gebru’s] firing, point by point, inside and outside work.”
According to Axios, sources have said that Mitchell used automated scripts to siphon through messages that potentially document discriminatory treatment against Gebru.