YouTubers get around TikTok's copyright takedowns with hilariously bad covers

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YouTubers have found a new way to make fun of TikToks without getting hit by copyright claims, and it makes cringeworthy videos actually funny. Reaction video culture thrives off of making fun of TikTok. Since the app was Musical.ly, YouTubers garnered millions of views from curating bad lip syncs and pointing out how embarrassing they are, from the overtly sexual, sped-up dancing to the bizarre song selection. SEE ALSO: TikTok fined $5.7 million for collecting children's data But some trends are just too awful to not react to -- which is why YouTubers like Kurtis Conner and Danny Gonzalez supplement copyrighted audio with hilariously terrible covers.


How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users

WIRED

It's been more than three years since the lip-syncing app Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, first became popular among tweens and teens. The social network has since spread far beyond Generation Z: TikTok has been downloaded over one billion times, including 96 million in the United States, according to estimates from the research firm Sensor Tower. It's also owned by the Chinese company Bytedance, now considered one of the most valuable startups in the world. The app itself revolves around sharing 15-second video clips, which are set to music often licensed from artists and record labels. TikTok is now beloved not only by lip-syncing 14-year-olds, but also by comedians, athletes, and, yes, brands.


TikTok isn't Vine, but it's a beautiful mess all its own

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TikTok is on the rise two years after Vine's tragic demise, but don't expect it to fill the void that Vine left. The absolute chaos that TikTok embodies is exactly what we need in 2019. If you've been spending time outside like a functional human and have no idea what TikTok is, here's a rundown: The app was formerly known as Musical.ly, a platform dominated by preteens lip-syncing to uncomfortably suggestive choreography. In August 2018, the app was bought by ByteDance and merged with its app TikTok. In the months since, the app has spawned increasingly bizarre -- but hilarious -- 15-second videos, from gummy bears serenading each other with Adele's "Someone Like You" to teens flexing their makeup skills on literal potatoes.


Clemson's Trevor Lawrence meets with teen doppelganger ahead of Wake Forest game

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 18 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com The doppelganger of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence who went viral across social media showed up at the Tigers' game against Wake Forest and took a picture with the national champion. Lawrence and Bella Martina – a 16-year-old girl from Georgia – met ahead of Clemson's win. Bella went viral for her TikTok video which appears to show her looking exactly like the sophomore quarterback.


'One of the deadliest pathogens in human history': A single strain of bacterium was behind the Black Death and Great Plague

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A single strain of bacterium is responsible for killing millions during the plagues of the 14th and 17th centuries, as well as more recent outbreaks of the disease, a study has found. Scientists believe that Yersinia pestis - dubbed one of the deadliest pathogens in human history - which spread the dreaded Black Death throughout Europe. They believe it arrived on the continent in the 14th century, where it decimated the population. Using genetic analysis of remains from plague-infected sites in Europe, the team has found evidence the bacterium spread from Europe into Asia, where it caused the third great plague outbreak in the early 1900s. Researchers believe a single strain of Y.pestis, the bacterium responsible for bubonic plague, was responsible for two major historical outbreaks of the disease as well as more recent outbreak in China and India, suggesting the bacterium spread to Asia from Europe.