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Why Beyoncé’s ‘Texas Hold ’Em’ Has Taken Over TikTok

Why Beyoncé’s ‘Texas Hold ’Em’ Has Taken Over TikTok

In her delightfully cheeky Verizon Super Bowl commercial, Beyoncé swore to do one thing: Break the internet. As the commercial demonstrated, she could not—at least not in the literal sense. Instead, after the commercial ended, she did something else: She hacked the internet, dropping two new songs, “Texas Hold ’Em” and “16 Carriages,” the former of which is already on its way to becoming TikTok’s viral dance song of the year. This was always going to happen. Pretty much everything Beyoncé does—every album drop, every outfit—goes viral. That’s why her Verizon commercial didn’t look like a shallow attempt to astroturf hype. Moreover, “Texas Hold ’Em” is a big pop-country crossover track, and its rapid banjo riffs (from maestro Rhiannon Giddens) and lyrics about whiskey and taking it to the floor are perfect for line dancing. Line dances, which lend themselves to fun mimicry and interpretation, naturally do well on social platforms. It would have been weirder if TikTok hadn’t been flooded with new dances in the week after the song dropped. (If you’re looking for …

‘Turn Halfway Through Cooking’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think

‘Turn Halfway Through Cooking’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think

At HuffPost UK, we’re pretty used to a counterintuitive cooking hack. First, it turned out that you’re not meant to boil spuds for mash in water; then, came the news (via Mary Berry) that your cottage pie recipe needs some sugar. But even those culinary complications couldn’t have prepped us for the fact @beahaving shared on her TikTok recently; when, say, a bag of oven chips asks you to “turn halfway” through cooking, you might not have to flip the individual chips (or kievs, or hash browns, or whatever it is) over. In a video showing her turning the chips over by hand (I’d use a spatula, but still), the creator captioned her post, “This is the first time I considered that this isn’t what the bag means by turn halfway through cooking.” I’m with you ― as were lots of commenters. “What are we supposed to do I’m so lost,” one commenter said. “So… what does it mean,” said another. Well, apparently the instructions actually refer to rotating the pan rather than the items …

Parenting Expert Criticizes Dad For Grounding His Son For Calling His Mom Bruh

Parenting Expert Criticizes Dad For Grounding His Son For Calling His Mom Bruh

While many parents have certain boundaries their children should never cross, a father’s reaction to hearing the way his son referred to his mother has many shaming him for giving him a punishment that even a parenting expert has weighed in too call too severe. Johanns said he’s ‘grounding’ his son for a month after he called his mom ‘bruh.’ “Guess who just got grounded for a month for calling his mom ‘bruh,’” Johanns said in a TikTok video. RELATED: Dad Cuts Off 13-Year-Old Daughter’s Hair After Mom Gave Her Highlights For Her Birthday Without His Permission In the short clip, Johanns is sitting in his car, presumably picking his son up from school. As he speaks, his son, Elliott enters the car while hearing his father detailing his punishment to the camera. As Johanns’ son closes the door after climbing into the passenger seat, he tells his father, “This ain’t fair, bruh.” Johanns just raises his eyebrows at his son’s outburst as the video concludes. In the comment section of Johanns’ video, users criticized him for …

TikTok’s AI Creative Assistant teams up with Adobe in new integration

TikTok’s AI Creative Assistant teams up with Adobe in new integration

TikTok’s AI-powered Creative Assistant integrates with Adobe Express to help make the video-making process easier. Adobe Express has long since been a valuable tool for TikTok creators, packed with plenty of templates and media elements that can help make polished videos from your phone. It’s geared towards making TikTok-first content, integrating well with the social media app. Now, a new integration with TikTok‘s Creative Assistant means that optimizing content within Adobe Express is now easier, with brainstorming help, trends advice, and even integrated examples of successful ad campaigns. What can TikTok’s AI Creative Assistant do in Adobe? TikTok’s Creative Assistant doesn’t create AI-generated content but is instead an AI-fuelled chatbot, offering tips and advice for content creation. For example, you can ask it what the current trends are, what hashtags would suit your video, and even request a full script for paid content or ad campaigns. The purpose of the Creative Assistant is to create content faster and help build creative workflows, according to TikTok. A handy tool is the brainstorming feature, which can come …

TikTok officially under EU investigation

TikTok officially under EU investigation

The U.S. isn’t the only place that has problems with TikTok. In a Monday press release, the European Commission (the EU’s executive branch) announced a formal probe into TikTok’s compliance (or lack thereof) with the Digital Services Act. The act, which was approved late last year and went into effect on Jan. 1, exists to legislate against things like illegal content, disinformation, and targeted advertising. SEE ALSO: Is the meet cute dead? TikTok has thoughts. The press release includes a handy bullet-point list of things the EU is looking into, such as TikTok’s potential use of algorithmic systems to encourage addictive behavior, or what it calls a “rabbit hole effect.” In other words, they’re worried about if TikTok does too much to force you to keep looking at it. Other points of concern include privacy and safety for minors, advertising transparency, and proper age verification for users. The investigation will dive into whether TikTok is effectively protecting children, highlighting age verification as a potentially insufficient safeguard. If TikTok is found to be in violation of …

What Is TikTok Shop? Is It Safe to Buy From?

What Is TikTok Shop? Is It Safe to Buy From?

Quick Links How to Visit and Buy From TikTok Shop What Are the Risks of Buying on TikTok Shop? Key Takeaways TikTok Shop is an in-app purchasing platform that allows users to buy items directly on TikTok, keeping them on the app instead of redirecting them to third-party sites. There are risks associated with buying on TikTok Shop, such as receiving low-quality items, not receiving the item at all, and long shipping times. There is also the potential for personal information to be leaked or hacked. The safety of buying from TikTok Shop also depends on the seller, so it’s important to research and review the seller’s account, website, and other social media platforms before making a purchase. TikTok users have noticed more sponsored videos on their For You Page advertising items they can buy on TikTok Shop with the tap of a button. But what is TikTok Shop and is it safe to use? What Is TikTok Shop? TikTok Shop is an in-app purchasing platform where users can buy items they see in videos …

Bluesky’s Future Is Social Media’s Past

Bluesky’s Future Is Social Media’s Past

Like any good citizen of the internet, I went hunting for memes when I first heard the news. Rachel Dolezal, the notorious race grifter who courted controversy in 2015, had been fired from her teaching gig for operating an OnlyFans account. I was in need of a good laugh. Only, I wasn’t having much luck. I happened to be in foreign territory, on Bluesky, the Jack Dorsey-endorsed social media app hailed as The Next Big Thing, when News4 Tucson broke the story. A specter of a bygone era, Dolezal is considered Peak Internet. In June of 2015, while serving as president of a local NAACP chapter in Washington state, she was outed for racial cosplay. Although born a white woman, Dolezal posed as Black. Debates ensued. Everyone had an opinion about her. There were thinkpieces, and thinkpieces about those thinkpieces. People accused her of co-opting a culture she had no right to, wearing a kind of blackface for personal gain. “Why can’t Rachel Dolezal transcend race?” Barrie Freidland asked in the Baltimore Sun. Ultimately Dolezal …

Are You Tipping Hairstylists All Wrong? TikTok Has Sparked A Huge Debate

Are You Tipping Hairstylists All Wrong? TikTok Has Sparked A Huge Debate

Tipping the person who cuts your hair may seem obvious enough, but a response to a viral video this week suggests that there’s still confusion about gratuity on beauty services. On Sunday, Justice, a TikToker who uses the handle @antidietpilot, posted about how she decided not to tip on the $350 hair braids she recently got. The braids ― small, knotless braids with a French curl on the end ― took more than 7 hours to complete. While Justice was happy with the results ― she called the stylist “the best braider” she’d ever had ― she had her reasons for forgoing a tip. “She didn’t have to commute [and] she’s not paying any overhead because she works from home,” Justice explained in the video, which now has over 5.1 million views. “I think that’s a really good price. How many people are making [roughly] $40 an hour?” Justice said she was a little nervous about how her stylist would react to her not tipping, but ultimately, she’s unapologetic about her decision. “A lot of …