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What’s Trending: Weekly Roundup for January 29, 2024


What’s Trending: Weekly Roundup for January 29, 2024
What’s Trending: Weekly Roundup for January 29, 2024

This is a series where we curate reports and articles on current internet trends and their impact on children, teens, parents, and pop culture.


This week on the internet:


Explicit deepfake images of Taylor Swift go viral Fake sexually explicit AI-generated images have been circulating on social media, with one image on X viewed 47 million times. Read more on BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-68110476  Read more on Sky News: https://news.sky.com/video/why-is-viral-taylor-swift-deep-fake-so-alarming-13058154 

Eating fried toothpicks trending in South Korea

The South Korean government warns the public against this dangerous social media trend. Read more on CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/travel/south-korea-fried-toothpick-trend-warning-intl-hnk/index.html 


Sextortion training materials found on social media

Dangerous materials found on TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube. Read more on NBC News: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/sextortion-yahoo-boys-snapchat-tiktok-teen-wizz-rcna134200 


Legging Legs, the latest body-shaming trend

“Legging Legs” are the 2024 Gen Z equivalent of “thigh gaps” for millennials, promoting unhealthy body-shaming rhetoric.



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