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Did TikTok Star Waffler69 Die Of Vaccine Heart Attack?!

Did TikTok Star Waffler69 Die Of Vaccine Heart Attack?!

Did TikTok star Waffler69 die at just 33 years of age from a heart attack induced by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : TikTok Star Waffler69 Died From Vaccine Heart Attack!

Right after news broke that Taylor Brice LeJeune died suddenly from a heart attack, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that TikTok star known as Waffler69 (or Wafffler69) was a victim of the COVID-19 vaccine!

He also died of a heart attack. no one has a clue what could possibly be causing these #suddendeaths and age-inappropriate deaths, in excess in all age brackets. But they know it can’t be the #vaccines. B/c Big Pharma cares about your health.

The vaccine claims another

Vaxx attack due to climate change?

Recommended : Died Suddenly : Anti-Vaccination Movie Lies Exposed!

@wafffler69

Replying to @lizmars69 I have dipped the Loop into the waters of lake minnetonka #big #fruit #loop #cereal #mschf #food #foodtok @wafffler69

♬ original sound – wafffler69

Truth : TikTok Star Waffler69 Did Not Die From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Waffler69 Died Of A Presumed Heart Attack

Taylor Brice LeJeune (born on August 6, 1989) was an American TikTok star and Internet celebrity who goes by the name Waffler69 on Instagram, or Wafffler69 on TikTok.

Waffler69 garnered over 1.7 million followers for videos showing him cook and eat everything from a massive Fruit Loop (in his last video) to long-expired nostalgic food like Shrek candy from 2010, canned ham from 1960 (!) or an Addams Family cereal from 1991.

On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Waffler69 experienced some discomfort at his home in Louisiana, and called his mother about it. But when things got worse, he called for an ambulance at around 8:30 PM to rush him to a hospital.

According to his brother, Clayton (known as Claydorm on TikTok), Taylor / Waffler69 died at the hospital at around 10 PM, of a presumed heart attack. He was only 33 years old when he died.

Clayton asked people to “keep his [brother’s] legacy alive” by “watching his videos”.

Fact #2 : Waffler69 Has Strong Family History Of Heart Disease

In an emotional video, Clayton LeJeune confirmed that his brother, Waffler69, died from a heart attack, but stressed that it was not caused by the food he consumed, but was genetic in nature.

He pointed out that his brother had a strong family history of heart disease. Their father and grandfather both died before they were 50 years old, from heart failure.

While Clayton did not mention vaccines, I should point out that COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause heart attack. And unfortunately, they do not protect against heart disease either.

So Waffler69’s death had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccines, no matter what people on social media are insinuating.

Incidentally, Lisa Marie Presley who died a day after Waffler69, also had a strong family history of heart disease.

Read more : Did Lisa Marie Presley Die Of Vaccine Cardiac Arrest?!

@claydorm

I had to call people out.

♬ original sound – Claydorm

Fact #3 : Heart Attack Is A Common Cause Of Death

An acute myocardial infarction (AMI), or a heart attack, occurs when blood supply to the heart muscle is abruptly cut off, usually due to a blockage of one or more coronary arteries.

It is a very common cause of sudden death. Every year, about 805,000 Americans suffer a heart attack, of which about 382,000 die. Every year.

People have been dying from heart attacks long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

And no, COVID-19 vaccines do NOT cause heart attacks, no matter what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

Neither can COVID-19 vaccines prevent people from getting heart attacks, or dying from them.

Fact #4 : Unknown If Waffler69 Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It is currently unknown if Waffler69 was vaccinated against COVID-19, as he has never publicly mentioned her vaccination status.

For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

For example, anti-vaccination activists claimed that Kaden Clymer was almost crippled by a 6-foot long vaccine-induced blood clot, but the high school athlete was never vaccinated against COVID-19!

Until and unless his family reveals his COVID-19 vaccination status, anyone who claims that Waffler69 received the COVID-19 vaccine is likely lying to you.

Read more : Kaden Clymer’s 6-foot blood clot is NOT from COVID-19 vaccine!

Fact #5 : Claims Of Celebrities Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false celebrity claims!

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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Cousin Confirms Adam Exton Did Not Die From COVID / Vaccine!

Eileen Marie confirmed that her cousin, Adam Exton, did not die from either COVID-19, or the COVID-19 vaccine!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Health Canada’s Adam Exton Died Suddenly From Vaccine SADS!

Right after news broke that Adam Exton died suddenly while swimming, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the Health Canada Director of Parliamentary Affairs was a victim of COVID-19 vaccine SADS!

Here are some examples on social media:

Peter A. McCullough : His family should come out and tell the public if he took them, what brand, and when.

Family silence on sudden deaths is compounding public health fears. #courageousdiscourse

Adam Exton who was one in leadership at Health Canada (Director of affairs Health Canada) as part of pandemic response for Canada, DEAD at 35! Was it the fraud COVID gene injection ‘vaccine’ therapy?

Adam Exton, The Director of Parliamentary Affairs at Health Canada, who oversaw the country’s response to Covid-19 and the rollout of the vaccine, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 35. Another V@XED dies?.

Even the infamous anti-vaxxer who is fully-vaccinated, Steve Kirsch, wondered why was his death kept “silent”.

He who lives by the jab, dies by the jab. RIP Adam Exton.

Recommended : Died Suddenly Movie : More Vaccine Lies Exposed!

 

Cousin Confirms Adam Exton Did Not Die From COVID / Vaccine!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all politician deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Adam Exton Died On December 9, 2022

First, let’s establish some basic facts about Adam Exton.

Adam Exton (born Adam William Exton on July 28, 1987) passed away on December 9, 2022, at the age of 35. He left behind his girlfriend, Reesha, father Allan Exton, mother Wendy Exton, and brother Bradley Exton.

He was a political staffer who became the Director of Parliamentary Affairs at Health Canada, and was part of the leadership team that led Canada’s health response to COVID-19.

Read more : Did Health Canada’s Adam Exton Die From Vaccine?!

Fact #2 : Adam Exton’s Cousin Confirms He Did Not Die From COVID-19 / Vaccine

On 23 December 2022, Eileen Marie posted a TikTok video, refuting conspiracy theories about her cousin’s death, saying that it had nothing to do with either COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccines.

I am Adam Exton’s cousin. Originally, I was gonna make a video about how devastated I was that my cousin died.

But when I googled his name to get photos for the video, I saw that there were people making conspiracy theories about his death. So I am here to set the record straight and clear up this bullshit.

Adam did not die from anything related to COVID-19. He did not die from the vaccine. It had absolutely nothing to do with that. We chose to keep his cause of death private out of respect to Adam and that’s it.

The fact that you are using my cousin’s death to justify your stupid conspiracy theories is beyond disgusting. Our family is devastated. We’re hurt. We’re upset that he’s gone. This is the last thing we need.

Adam Exton did not die from anything even remotely related to COVID or the vaccine. So lay off. Just stop.

@eileensgarden

Stop spreading lies about my cousin #adamexton #canada #fyp #foryou #greenscreen

♬ My Heart Will Go On (Titanic) – Maliheh Saeedi & Faraz Taali

Fact #3 : Adam Exton Likely Committed Suicide

Adam Exton’s family did not reveal his cause of death, but they asked that donations be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and said that the organisation was very important to him.

That is as clear a hint as anything that Adam Exton had mental health issues, and likely committed suicide.

In memory of Adam, donations can be made to the CMHA , an organization that was very important to him.

Quito Maggi – the President and CEO of Mainstreet Public Research, tweeted about Adam Exton’s passing, and hinted that Adam Exton took his own life.

Ottawa is a tough place for staffers, I know. It’s a fun life but it also full of pressures and demands.

For young people like Adam, the pressure to succeed, to get ahead, move up, is tremendous. It takes a toll, I know.

So please, take a moment today to remember Adam and his service to his community, to his country and to his party. Rest in peace

When three antivaxxers claimed that Adam Exton died from the COVID-19 vaccine, he refuted their claims.

The young man did not die due to vaccination, if you can’t tell from the context of my tweets or his obituary his cause of death then you are an insensitive asshole

Dakota Burgin – the Senior Communications Advisor at the Office of the Canadian Minister of Labour, also suggested that Adam Exton had mental health issues and died from suicide.

My friend Adam passed away late last week. He gave his adult life to this community.

He fought personal battles at the same time as national ones.

Canadian Member of Parliament Patty Hajdu also suggested that Adam Exton was struggling and potentially had “problematic substance use”.

Despite the ways Adam contributed, he struggled too, like many others may be right now. The pandemic was traumatizing for so many. So many things need to change so that people who are living with poor mental health or problematic substance use can get effective care.

Lastly, his friend and former colleague, Elyse Banham posted that she regretted not connecting with him when he tried to reach out to her a month ago.

Adam Exton was a friend and former colleague. In recent years, we had not been as close and when he reached out about a month ago, I regret not reading the signs more clearly. Im grieving this loss and encouraging everyone to check in on their loved ones and friends.

Fact #4 : Claims Of People Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here are the latest dozen I personally fact-checked:

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next death or tragedy…

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Did UWO Student Spencer Cornelis Die From Vaccine?!

Did the University of Western Ontario student Spencer Cornelis die after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : UWO Student Spencer Cornelis Died From Vaccine!

Anti-vaccination activists have been claiming the University of Western Ontario student Spencer Cornelis died after getting the COVID-19 vaccine!

Here are some examples on social media:

Canadian University [University Western Ontario) ends vaccine mandate after two students (Spencer Cornelis and Megha Thakur), die unexpectedly. Both vaccinated.

🔥@WesternU cancels COVID Vaccine mandates after 2 “sudden” deaths. Spencer Cornelis, age 20, died Oct.18, 2022. Megha Thakur, age 21, died Nov.24, 2022
Western University is already hiding replies referring to their student “sudden deaths”.

Dr William Makis @MakisMD still on Gettr:

🔥 Western University cancels COVID Vaccine mandates after 2 Western students aged 20 and 21 “died suddenly” 🔥

Their names were Spencer Cornelis (age 20) and Megha Thakur (age 21) FFS make is stop😭

Recommended : Died Suddenly : More Lies In Antivax Video Exposed!

 

No Evidence UWO Student Spencer Cornelis Died From Vaccine!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Spencer Cornelis’ Cause Of Death Still Unknown

Spencer Harrison Curt Cornelis who was studying Management and Organisational Studies at the Western University, died unexpectedly on October 18, 2022.

His family celebrated his life in his obituary, but did not mention any cause of death. So there is ZERO EVIDENCE that Spencer Cornelis died from the vaccine.

He could easily have died from the many causes of unexpected death in someone that young – vehicular accident, sudden cardiac arrest, suicide, misadventure, drug overdose, etc.

Unless and until an autopsy is carried out, or his family reveals his cause of death, anyone who claims that Spencer Cornelis died from the vaccine is likely lying to you.

Fact #2 : Unknown If Spencer Cornelis Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It is currently unknown if Spencer Cornelis was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to blame the COVID-19 vaccine for his death.

Students attending classes at the University of Western Ontario are required to be vaccinated to enter campus.

However, Spencer was a licensed real estate agent who worked for The Realty Firm Inc. since May 2022, according to his LinkedIn page

So it is possible that he may have been studying remotely as Western University offers Distance Studies for working adults. In that case, he may not be vaccinated at all, as there is no vaccination mandate in Canada.

Recommended : Did Megha Thakur Die Suddenly From Vaccine SADS?!

Fact #3 : UWO Still Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

On November 29, 2022, the University of Western Ontario (UWO) announced that it was revoking its long-standing vaccination policy requiring “students, employees, and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

This decision had nothing to do with the two recent deaths of their students, but was based on “the latest consultation” with their “medical experts and local public health”.

This decision likely had to do with the fact that most Canadians are already fully-vaccinated – some 80.8% of the population in Ontario, where UWO is located.

It comes after Public Health Canada’s lifted its own requirement for proof of vaccination to “enter Canada, or board a plane or train in Canada” as well as “travel within Canada and flights or trains leaving Canada” on October 1, 2022.

Western University still continues to recommend that its students, employees and visitors stay up to date on their vaccinations:

[V]accination continues to be the best defence against severe illness and hospitalization. We strongly encourage everyone to remain up to date on their vaccinations.

If Western University revoked their vaccine mandate because two students died from the vaccines, they would have NOT recommended that everyone should still get the booster dose.

In fact, it should be noted that Western University issued a booster dose mandate for the Fall 2022 semester on August 22, 2022 that they successfully defended in the Ontario Superior Court.

They would not have done that if the earlier COVID-19 vaccinations were not proven to be safe and effective.

Read more : Western University Ended Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths?!

Fact #4 : University Of Toronto Still Requires COVID-Vaccination

Some anti-vaccination activists are claiming that Western University is the only university to require a vaccine mandate. That’s false. The University of Toronto also had a vaccine mandate for all students studying and living on campus.

The vaccine requirement for on-campus students was lifted on May 1, 2022, but students who choose to live on-campus for the 2022-2023 academic year are still required to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, including at least one booster dose.

If there is any evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster doses are dangerous, the University of Toronto would have lifted its vaccine mandate as well.

The truth is – the vaccines have been proven safe and effective. Which is why the University of Toronto maintains that “vaccination is the most important way that individuals can protect themselves against COVID-19”.

Fact #5 : Claims Of Students Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing student deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of student deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next student tragedy…

Please help us FIGHT FAKE NEWS by sharing this fact check article out, and please SUPPORT our work!

Don’t forget to protect yourself, and your family, by vaccinating against COVID-19!

 

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Western University Ended Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths?!

Did the University of Western Ontario end its vaccine mandate after two students died of the COVID-19 vaccines?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Western University Ends Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths!

Anti-vaccination activists have been claiming in recent days that the University of Western Ontario ended its vaccine mandate after two students died of the COVID-19 vaccines!

Here are some examples on social media:

Canadian University [University Western Ontario) ends vaccine mandate after two students (Spencer Cornelis and Megha Thakur), die unexpectedly. Both vaccinated.

Western University in London Ontario has reversed their vaccine mandates after two vaccinated students died suddenly.

Western University, the only Canadian university to require 3 vaccinations to attend, has just dropped their vaccine requirements.

Because of science. Oh, and a 21 year old student there and a TikTok star has just died of a heart attack.

Recommended : Died Suddenly : More Lies In Antivax Video Exposed!

 

Western University Did Not End Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Western University Revoked Vaccine Mandate

On November 29, 2022, the University of Western Ontario (also known as Western University) announced that it was revoking its long-standing vaccination policy requiring “students, employees, and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

This decision had nothing to do with the two recent deaths of their students, but was based on “the latest consultation” with their “medical experts and local public health”.

This decision likely had to do with the fact that most Canadians are already fully-vaccinated. According to the Government of Canada:

  • 80.4% of the population (over 24.3 million) completed their primary series vaccination
  • 83.1% of the population received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 80.8% of the population in Ontario completed their primary series vaccination
  • 83.9% of the population in Ontario received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

It comes after Public Health Canada’s lifted its own requirement for proof of vaccination to “enter Canada, or board a plane or train in Canada” as well as “travel within Canada and flights or trains leaving Canada” on October 1, 2022.

Fact #2 : Western University Still Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

Western University still continues to recommend that its students, employees and visitors stay up to date on their vaccinations:

[V]accination continues to be the best defence against severe illness and hospitalization. We strongly encourage everyone to remain up to date on their vaccinations.

If Western University revoked its vaccine mandate because two students died from the vaccines, it would have NOT recommended that everyone should still get the booster dose.

In fact, it should be noted that Western University issued a booster dose mandate for the Fall 2022 semester on August 22, 2022 that it successfully defended in the Ontario Superior Court.

It would not have done that if the earlier COVID-19 vaccinations were not proven to be safe and effective.

Fact #3 : University Of Toronto Still Requires COVID-Vaccination

Some anti-vaccination activists are claiming that Western University is the only university to require a vaccine mandate. That’s false. The University of Toronto also had a vaccine mandate for all students studying and living on campus.

The vaccine requirement for on-campus students was lifted on May 1, 2022, but students who choose to live on-campus for the 2022-2023 academic year are still required to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, including at least one booster dose.

If there is any evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster doses are dangerous, the University of Toronto would have lifted its vaccine mandate as well.

The truth is – the vaccines have been proven safe and effective. Which is why the University of Toronto maintains that “vaccination is the most important way that individuals can protect themselves against COVID-19”.

Fact #4 : No Evidence Spencer Cornelis Died From Vaccine

Spencer Harrison Curt Cornelis who was studying Management and Organisational Studies at the Western University, died unexpectedly on October 18, 2022.

His family celebrated his life in his obituary, but did not mention any cause of death. So there is ZERO EVIDENCE that Spencer Cornelis died from the vaccine.

He could easily have died from the many causes of unexpected death in someone that young – vehicular accident, sudden cardiac arrest, suicide, misadventure, drug overdose, etc.

Unless and until an autopsy is carried out, or his family reveals his cause of death, anyone who claims that Spencer Cornelis died from the vaccine is likely lying to you.

Fact #5 : Unknown If Spencer Cornelis Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It is currently unknown if Spencer Cornelis was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to blame the COVID-19 vaccine for his death.

Students attending classes at the University of Western Ontario are required to be vaccinated to enter campus.

However, Spencer was a licensed real estate agent who worked for The Realty Firm Inc. since May 2022, according to his LinkedIn page

So it is possible that he may have been studying remotely as Western University offers Distance Studies for working adults. In that case, he may not be vaccinated at all, as there is no vaccination mandate in Canada.

Fact #6 : Megha Thakur’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

Megha Thakur (born July 17, 2001) was a TikTok star and a student at the University of Western Ontario who suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 24, 2022.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the light of our life, our kind, caring, and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on November 24, 2022 in the early morning hours.

Megha was a confident and independent young woman. She will be dearly missed. She loved her fans and would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we request your blessings for Megha. Your thoughts and prayers will be with her in her onward journey

– Megha’s loving parents

Megha Thakur’s parents did not reveal her cause of death.  They also did not claim that she died from her COVID-19 vaccination.

Until and unless an autopsy is conducted, or her family publicly reveal her cause of death after an autopsy, anyone who claims that Megha Thakur died of this or that cause is most likely lying to you.

Fact #7 : Megha Thakur Had Physical + Mental Health Issues

Even though we do not know her cause of death, it should be noted that Megha Thakur had her share of physical and mental health issues.

On July 17, 2022, Megha posted a TikTok video in which she revealed that she suffered a heart attack, which she blamed on anxiety and stress.

Megha Thakur did not just deal with anxiety and stress. She was also depressed for many years, as she revealed in an October 11, 2020 Instagram post.

Recommended : Did Megha Thakur Die Suddenly From Vaccine SADS?!

Fact #8 : Unknown If Megha Thakur Received A Booster Dose

Megha Thakur never posted about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is very likely she was fully-vaccinated, as Western University (where she studies) requires “students, employees and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

She lived on campus for the first year, and would have received two doses of the vaccine last year.

Anti-vaccination activists are blaming a recent booster dose for her death, but there is no evidence she received one.

Western University’s deadline for getting a booster dose was January 9, 2023. So it is possible that Megha Thakur never received a booster dose since she lived off-campus in her second year there.

Fact #9 : Claims Of Students Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing student deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of student deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next student tragedy…

Please help us FIGHT FAKE NEWS by sharing this fact check article out, and please SUPPORT our work!

Don’t forget to protect yourself, and your family, by vaccinating against COVID-19!

 

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He continues to devote countless hours every day writing about tech, medicine and science, in his pursuit of facts in a post-truth world.

 

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Did Megha Thakur Die Suddenly From Vaccine SADS?!

Did TikTok star Megha Thakur die suddenly from COVID-19 vaccine SADS?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Megha Thakur Died Suddenly From Vaccine SADS!

Right after news broke that Megha Thakur died, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the 21-old TikTok star died from vaccine-induced sudden death (SADS / VIDS / VDS)!

Here is a selection of social media posts accompanying links or articles on her death:

Fans believe Western University student, Megha Thakur, died after taking Pfizer vaccine

“Vaccinated TikTok Star Megha Thakur “Dies Suddenly” at 21 Following Recent Heart Attack” Another VAX fatality?

Megha Thakur had over 1 million followers on TikTok and was a student of @WesternU. She had received a booster shot to attend Western University and right after her death her university proceeded to dropped their vaccination mandate.

Recommended : Died Suddenly : More Lies In Antivax Video Exposed!

 

No Evidence Megha Thakur Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why, and what we know so far…

Fact #1 : Megha Thakur Died In Early Morning Hours

Megha Thakur (born July 17, 2001) was a TikTok star and YouTuber, who originated from Indore, India, but migrated to Brampton in Ontario, Canada when she was just an infant.

According to an Instagram post by her parents, Megha Thakur suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 24, 2022.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the light of our life, our kind, caring, and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on November 24, 2022 in the early morning hours.

Megha was a confident and independent young woman. She will be dearly missed. She loved her fans and would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we request your blessings for Megha. Your thoughts and prayers will be with her in her onward journey

– Megha’s loving parents

Fact #2 : Megha Thakur’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

Megha Thakur’s parents did not reveal her cause of death.  They also did not claim that she died from her COVID-19 vaccination.

Until and unless an autopsy is conducted, or her family publicly reveal her cause of death after an autopsy, anyone who claims that Megha Thakur died of this or that cause is most likely lying to you.

Recommended : Did Aaron Carter Die From Vaccine Sudden Death?!

Fact #3 : Megha Thakur Had Physical + Mental Health Issues

Even though we do not know her cause of death, it should be noted that Megha Thakur had her share of physical and mental health issues.

On July 17, 2022, Megha posted a TikTok video in which she revealed that she suffered a heart attack, which she blamed on anxiety and stress.

I have really bad anxiety, which turned into stress, which turned into a heart attack. So I’ve been dealing with that.

In response to a fan’s question, Megha Thakur confirmed that she did indeed have a heart attack, and she had been taking time for her mental and physical health.

thank you 🫶🏽 I’ve been taking the time for my mental and physical health and love y’all so much for still being here

Fact #4 : Megha Thakur Was Depressed For Years

Megha Thakur did not just deal with anxiety and stress. She was also depressed for many years, as she revealed in an October 11, 2020 Instagram post:

It was awful, I didn’t want to be alive anymore, and nearly lost my life. Too many people choose suicide over their betterment because mental health awareness is not at all where it should be.

You need to seek out ways to improve your mental health literacy to help yourself and others – regardless of how much you think you already know.

It may be world mental health day, but today will not be the only day I speak on this. Remember to take care of yourself too. You are important.

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Fact #5 : Megha Thakur Was Likely Fully-Vaccinated

Megha Thakur never posted about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is very likely she was fully-vaccinated, as Western University (where she studies) requires “students, employees and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

She lived on campus for the first year, and would have received two doses of the vaccine last year.

Anti-vaccination activists are blaming a recent booster dose for her death, but there is no evidence she received one.

Western University’s deadline for getting a booster dose was January 9, 2023. So it is possible that Megha Thakur never received a booster dose since she lived off-campus.

If she stayed on-campus, then she would be required to get a booster dose before moving into her residence in October 2022.

However, Megha Thakur only lived on-campus, in Delaware Hall, in her first year, before moving to Saugeen to work in her second year.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if Megha Thakur received a booster dose, she would have been vaccinated more than 2 months ago.

She cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not many weeks later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Read more : Can 4th Vaccine Jab Shut Down Our Immune System?!

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Prevent Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to protect us against severe illness and death from COVID-19, by teaching our own immune system how to create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They, however, cannot protect us against other causes of death, whether it’s a heart attack, SADS or even other viruses. Hence, fully-vaccinated people can and will die from other causes of death.

It is therefore ludicrous for anti-vaccination activists to blame all deaths of fully-vaccinated people on the vaccine. Did they really expect the COVID-19 vaccine to be an elixir of immortality? Please grow up.

Fact #8 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up celebrity deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and TTS can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots – What To Look For?

Fact #9 : Claims Of Celebrities Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false celebrity claims!

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Did HBB 5277 Taxi Driver Vandalise PH Flags?!

Was the HBB 5277 taxi driver caught on video vandalising Pakatan Harapan flags?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : HBB 5277 Taxi Driver Caught Vandalising PH Flags!

A video showing the driver of taxi number HBB 5277 has gone viral on WhatsApp, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter, with many people accusing him of vandalising Pakatan Harapan flags in the run-up to GE15 – the 15th Malaysia General Election!

A taxi man (HBB 5277) destroying “PAKATAN” Flags. Pls viral as much as possible to reach Police Attention🙄😡

Nobody excels in ESPIONAGE and CLANDESTINE activities as well as the CURRENT RULING PARTY in MALAYSIA does!

Their “playbook” is FULL OF DIRTY TRICKS!

A taxi man [HBB 5277] destroying “PAKATAN” Flags.

Pls viral as much as possible to reach Police Attention🙄 😡

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Truth : HBB 5277 Taxi Driver Did NOT Vandalise PH Flags!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Destroying Political Flags During Election Is A Crime

First, let me just establish the fact that it is a crime to destroy political flags or election materials during the campaigning period of any election in Malaysia.

Several police reports have already been lodged regarding the defacement or destruction of flags, banners and other election materials during the GE15 campaigning period.

These crimes are classified under Section 427 of the Penal Code of Malaysia – those who are convicted may be sentenced to 1 to 5 years of jail, and/or a fine.

Therefore, most of these vandalism occur when no one is looking, and where there is no CCTV coverage to catch the perpetrator in the act. So anyone participating in this crime will always run once they realise that they are being recorded on video.

That’s why this video was so perplexing when I first saw it. The man didn’t seem perturbed that someone else was recording him while he was casually and slowly removing the flags.

Fact #2 : Pakatan Harapan Allegedly Clarified He’s Part Of Their Team

Hours after the video went viral all over WhatsApp and social media, Pakatan Harapan allegedly clarified that the man in the video is part of their team, and was merely removing the flags to replant them elsewhere, as instructed by the police.

Please be informed that PH have clarified that the person shown in the video is part of their team, the flags were fixed in a prohibited location along the museum thus police have instructed to remove and fix at other locations. That’s why he removed the flags gently not trash like others do. Please spread this information before someone beats up this taxi driver HBB 5277 for no reason.
Guys, only post information if you know the facts.

Unfortunately, I am unable to confirm (yet) that the message came from Pakatan Harapan, as their social media pages have neither mentioned the viral video, or clarified the matter officially.

Fact #3 : HBB 5277 Taxi Driver Is SPR Enforcement Agent For Pakatan Harapan

The good news is – the driver himself posted a video, identifying himself as Mohammad Affendi – an Election Commission (SPR) enforcement agent for Pakatan Harapan in Lembah Pantai.

He explained that he was removing the Pakatan Harapan flags because they were wrongly placed outside government buildings or tourist attractions, which is against the law.

He also asked that anyone who doubts his explanation or his identity to verify them with the Election Commission (SPR).

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KPJ Apologises Over Kolam Incident, Suspends Staff!

KPJ Healthcare just apologised over the vandalism of their Deepavali kolam by their own staff, and suspended the two employees involved!

 

Viral Video Of KPJ Klang Hospital Staff Vandalising Kolam!

A video went viral on WhatsApp and TikTok, claiming that a KPJ Klang employee vandalised the Kolam decorative art at his own hospital.

A staff at KPJ Klang. How utterly disrespectful. And he knew he was being videotaped.

MHS Selangor has spoken to the PIC in KPJ Klang. The culprit has been suspended immediately. KPJ Klang is preparing a public apology statement and will be releasing it soon.

The video shows a man, dressed in a blue Baju Melayu with a black songkok shoes, defacing the Kolam that was created for Deepavali at the KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital.

The video appears to be recorded by a lady who eventually commented with humour, “Vandalism”.

 

PDRM Arrested KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!

On 31 October, Northern Klang Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Vijaya Rao a/l Samachulu 31 October, ACP Vijaya Rao announced that two KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital employees had been arrested on suspicion of deliberately causing disharmony.

The man in the video, and the person who recorded the video, both voluntarily surrendered themselves to the district police headquarters to have their statements recorded at about 11 PM the night before.

The two suspects, in their 20s and 30s, were then arrested and remanded for three days, starting today (Monday, 31 October 2022), for investigation under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.

Read more : PDRM Arrests KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!

 

KPJ Healthcare Apologises Over Kolam Incident, Suspends Staff

On 30 October, KPJ Healthcare initially posted a non-apology statement, stating that they would launch an internal investigation.

But several hours after the police confirmed on 31 October, that the two people involved in the incident were KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital staff members, the healthcare provider finally issued an apology.

KPJ Healthcare also announced that they suspended both employees pending further investigation.

03:50PM, 31 October, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 October – KPJ Healthcare Berhad (“KPJ Healthcare” or the “Company”) would like to publicly apologise to all Malaysians, particularly to the Indian community, with regards to a video that has gone viral at one of our premises.

As a healthcare service provider, KPJ Healthcare celebrates and upholds diversity and inclusion of the varied cultures in Malaysia.

KPJ Healthcare does not condone such acts and in no way does it reflect our culture, values or our practices.

We are disheartened by the irresponsible act of these individuals and they have been suspended pending further investigation. Further to this we have lodged a police report on the matter and will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities on this matter.

In the meantime, the artis of the kolam called for calm, and urged everyone to stay united and peaceful.

First and foremost, I would like to thank every one of you who spoke up on this kolam issue regardless of religion and race. For your kind information, our hospital management and higher authority have taken appropriate action on the irresponsible behaviour of the related staff.

Therefore, I kindly request you guys NOT to make the issue viral anymore. Let us stay united and peacefully in this multiracial country. Thank you once again. Love and peace to all Malaysians.

 

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PDRM Arrests KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!

PDRM just arrested two KPJ Klang employees for vandalising the Deepavali kolam in a TikTok video that went viral!

 

Viral Video Of KPJ Klang Hospital Staff Vandalising Kolam!

A video went viral on WhatsApp and TikTok, claiming that a KPJ Klang employee vandalised the Kolam decorative art at his own hospital.

A staff at KPJ Klang. How utterly disrespectful. And he knew he was being videotaped.

MHS Selangor has spoken to the PIC in KPJ Klang. The culprit has been suspended immediately. KPJ Klang is preparing a public apology statement and will be releasing it soon.

The video shows a man, dressed in a blue Baju Melayu with a black songkok shoes, defacing the Kolam that was created for Deepavali at the KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital.

The video appears to be recorded by a lady who eventually commented with humour, “Vandalism”.

 

PDRM Arrests KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!

At around 9:15 PM on 30 October, Northern Klang Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Vijaya Rao a/l Samachulu, announced that a case has been opened against the man who was seen vandalising the kolam decoration.

In response, the Bandar Baru Klang police station chief filed a report regarding the video and the case is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code with causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will.

He will be called in to give his statement on Monday. We urge the public to be careful with their behaviour and to not do anything that would disrupt national harmony.

The police statement appears to suggest that the man has already been identified, and summoned for questioning on Monday, 31 October. However, it does not mention whether the man, or the person recording the video, is an employee of the hospital.

That changed the next day, when ACP Vijaya Rao announced that two KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital employees had been arrested on suspicion of deliberately causing disharmony.

The man in the video, and the person who recorded the video, both voluntarily surrendered themselves to the district police headquarters to have their statements recorded at about 11 PM the night before.

The two suspects, in their 20s and 30s, were then arrested and remanded for three days, starting today (Monday, 31 October 2022), for investigation under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.

 

KPJ Healthcare Issued Statement Over Vandalised Kolam

While the viral video clearly shows the man defacing the kolam, it was not clear earlier if the man worked for the KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital, as he was not wearing an official KPJ uniform.

Netizens said that he was a customer service officer there working the front desk. However, it didn’t help that KPJ Healthcare released a public statement that declined to both identify the man and the person recording the video as their employees, and apologise for their action.

The KPJ Healthcare statement only stated that it does not condone any act of disrespect among its staff (abuthen?) and within the compound of any of its hospitals.

It also stated that KPJ Healthcare launched an internal investigation into the video, and stern actions will be taken “should” their staff be involved.

08:28PM, 30 October, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 October 2022 – KPJ Healthcare Berhad (“KPJ Healthcare” or the “Company”) wishes to inform that we have been made aware that a video allegedly depicting one of our staff conducting unprofessional behaviour is making rounds in the social media.

KPJ Healthcare does not condone any act of disrespect among its staff and within the compound of any of its hospitals. We have launched an internal investigation into the video and stern actions will be taken should our staff is involved.

KPJ Healthcare is committed to the highest level of professionalism and we do not compromise on ethical values.

Any further updates will be communicated through our official channels.

Thank you.

Public Relations
Group Marketing & Strategic Communications
KPJ Healthcare Berhad

In light of what we now know, that seems like a case of their PR team trying to avoid apologising for what their staff did. I’m not a PR practitioner, but IMHO, that move will likely backfire.

It wouldn’t have taken them more than a few hours to determine the identity of the persons involved, since they have access to CCTV video feeds in their own hospital.

They could have stepped ahead of the news. Instead, they left it to the police to reveal that the two were really KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital employees.

 

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Katy Perry Explains Eye Glitch + Mocks Vaccine, Robot Claims!

Katy Perry just explained her viral eye glitch, and mocked those who claimed it was a vaccine side effect, or that she’s a robot!

 

Katy Perry : Eye Glitch Is Her Party Trick!

Days after a video of her eye glitch went viral on TikTok, Katy Perry addressed her eye glitch, calling it her “broken doll eye party trick“, which her fans have already noted that she does quite often in her shows.

She also pointed out another party trick in her shows – pouring beer out of her tits, and pointed out that she doesn’t “actually lactate hops”!

heck I pour beer out of my tits (that’s a party trick too… I don’t actually lactate hops silly goose!)🍺 Hope to sing along with you in 2023! And we’ll drink, this one’s on me, cause we’re all #chainedtothealgorithm 🤡⛓ #therealproblemlolhaha😅

Katy Perry also took the opportunity to mock conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination activists who blamed her eye glitch on the COVID-19 vaccine, calling them “flatearthers” “spaceisfakers”, “birdsarentrealers” and “skyisntbluers”.

Tongue-in-cheek, she invited them to catch her “party trick” in her Las Vegas concerts next year!

Oooh, the sass! I so love her!

Read more : Why Did Katy Perry Suffer Eye Glitch On Stage?!

Katy Perry also responded to those who joked that her eye glitch was “evidence” that she’s really a robot. After all – who could be so perfect?

Three days earlier, she posted a photo of herself looking stonily ahead like a robot, while wearing a brown dress by ABOUT YOU.

This is social media marketing at its best!

 

Katy Perry Uses Eye Glitch To Announce 2023 Shows!

Now that she has gone viral with her eye glitch, Katy Perry announced an extension of her Las Vegas residency, and a slew of 14 concerts in 2023!

  • February 15, 17, 18, 22, 24 and 25
  • April 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 and 15

The show’s set list is a fun 🎢 through memory lane going all the way back to 2008, a time when we weren’t all frozen by the paranoia of our own echo chambers! 🤸🏻‍♀️ This show is a nonstop party about finding unconditional love and strangely (for me) not political at all

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM, Friday, November 4, 2022 at axs.com/katyinvegas.

Read more : Did Justin Bieber Get Ramsay Hunt Syndrome From Vaccine?!

Note to all antivaxxers and conspiracy theorists, if you buy one of the VIP packages, you will get to meet Katy Perry herself, and you know – ask her to perform her eye glitch for you!

Here’s a better idea – buy ME a VIP package to her concert, and I will get Katy Perry to document her eye glitch party trick for you in high-definition video, up close! You can’t beat that kind of evidence!

 

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Katy Perry : Why Did Her Eye Glitch On Stage?!

Video footage of Katy Perry suffering an eye glitch on stage has gone viral, with some people blaming it on the COVID-19 vaccine!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-10-28 : Added Katy Perry’s official response to her eye glitch.
Originally posted @ 2022-10-27

 

Claim : Katy Perry Suffered Eye Glitch From COVID-19 Vaccine!

A video of Katy Perry performing recently at Las Vegas has gone viral, after it showed her suffering some kind of eye glitch on stage.

The video, which was uploaded to TikTok, showed the 38 year-old singer struggling to open her right eye in the middle of her performance.

Almost immediately, anti-vaccination activists started claiming that she’s suffering from a COVID-19 vaccine side effect. Here are some examples:

Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. It’s known as the Pfizer eye #PfizerEyes

#KatyPerry: Eye of the #Pfizer. Almost sad if she wasn’t another crazy cultist

Steve Kirsch : There is something very wrong here. My vaccine injured friends would bet the farm that it’s a vaccine injury. If it was the vaccine, she wouldn’t be able to admit it.

The fact that she has said nothing about this on her Twitter feed is also very suspicious. Everyone is talking about this. So it means there isn’t an explanation for this incident that she is allowed to share with the public that the public will believe (that is consistent with what we all observed).

So I’m guessing a COVID vaccine side effect.

@katyperrytv

KATYYYYY!#PLAY🍄

♬ sonido original – Katy Perry TV

 

Truth : Katy Perry Did NOT Get Eye Glitch From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why, and what we know so far…

Fact #1 : Katy Perry Apparently Does This Quite Frequently

Katy Perry fans, who call themselves KatyCats, claim that it’s actually part of her act – to mimic old dolls that open and close their eyes when you tilt them.

OK so this is some weird gag she does at her show to resemble those old dolls that opened and closed their eyes when you tilted them.

I was kinda worried it was a stroke or surgery mishap. But no, she does that on purpose.

Yeah she does it pretty frequently during the show. Not every night but she’s done it at least once per 8 show run.

Fact #2 : Katy Perry Does Eye Glitch As Party Trick!

On October 28, Katy Perry publicly addressed the viral eye glitch video, explaining that it was just a “party trick” for her shows. This was what her fans pointed out earlier (see Fact #1 above).

She also mocked conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination activists who blamed it on the vaccine, calling them “flatearthers” “spaceisfakers”, “birdsarentrealers” and “skyisntbluers”.

She then invited them to watch her repeat her eye glitch party trick in her upcoming 2023 concerts! Such sass!

Read more : Katy Perry Uses Eye Glitch To Announce 2023 Shows!

Fact #3 : Katy Perry May Have Had An Itch

Here is a possible reason on Reddit for her closing an eyelid that only “magically” opened after she rubbed her temple.

Since there are no women on this sub, this is from my friend who is a professional makeup artist, ‘Katy has false lashes on in this. It’s likely there’s something in her eye, or bothering her eye, but she can’t rub them because it will ruin her make up.

Stage make up is very heavy and will get everywhere when you touch it. She’s gentling pulling her temple area to try and alleviate the itch or clear whatever is bothering her eye without doing damage. I have models that do this weekly.

Fact #4 : Katy Perry Has A Wonk Eye

While serving as a judge on the 16th season of American Idol in 2018, Katy Perry shared with a contestant Caleb Kennedy that she has a wonk eye, also known as a lazy eye :

I have a wonk eye as well, and I used to be worried about it. Then a bunch of my fans created a fandom over my wonk-eye. I even have a fandom that calls itself, ‘Katy’s wonk-eye.’

It’s my right eye. So just celebrate all that stuff. Don’t worry about it.

Antivax tech millionaire shared a YouTube video claiming to prove that Katy Perry’s wonk eye is actually her left eye. That video was likely flipped, as Katy herself said that it was her right eye that’s wonky.

Fact #5 : Katy Perry Could Have Had Blepharospasm

Whether her left or right eye is the wonky one, Katy Perry could have had blepharospasm – a fancy term for the involuntary twitching or closing of the eyelid.

Blepharospasm can happen to one or both eyes, and is characterised by “uncontrollable eyelid closure” and/or twitching of the eye muscles.

It is likely that she was touching her twitching facial muscles during the spasm, in an attempt to control them and regain control of her eyelid.

Nevertheless, she seemed unfazed by it, bellowing into the microphone, “Make even more noise for my band!

Recommended : Did Bruce Willis Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Fact #6 : Katy Perry Does Not Have Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Now, let me just clear up this nonsense claim that Katy Perry is suffering from the same Ramsay Hunt syndrome that Justin Bieber is suffering from.

The viral video clearly shows that only her eyelid is affected. She does not have half her face paralysed as some have claimed. If half her face had been paralysed, she would have trouble speaking, never mind singing!

Facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt syndrome cannot be corrected by quickly touching her temple either.

Fact #7 : Katy Perry Does Not Have Bell’s Palsy

Similarly, Katy Perry isn’t suffering from Bell’s palsy, which presents similarly to Ramsay Hunt syndrome in the form of facial paralysis on one side of the face.

Again, she would not be able to speak or sing properly, if half her face was paralysed and this paralysis cannot be quickly fixed by simply touching her temple.

Read more : Did Justin Bieber Get Ramsay Hunt Syndrome From Vaccine?!

Fact #8 : Claims Of Celebrities Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false celebrity claims!

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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No Genting Highlands Lock Down Over Casino Robbery!

Did Genting Highlands undergo a complete lock down, during a casino robbery?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Genting Highlands Got Locked Down During Casino Robbery!

A 80-second video together with message have gone viral, claiming to show Genting Highlands getting locked down during a casino robbery!

In the video, the man who spoke in Hokkien, questioned why the casino was closed, and wondered if it was due to a robbery or a fire.

He also stated that the cable car service was shut down, and hotel guests could not check into their rooms because the counters were closed.

While the man did not mention anything about helicopters, the video was shared with this message :

There was a 10Mil Robbery by Ang Mohs with Helicopters, all the door in Genting Highlands Casino were Locked, Roads Blocked.

 

Truth : There Was No Lock Down / Casino Robbery @ Genting Highlands!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, TikTok and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : There Was No Casino Robbery @ Genting Highlands

If you watch the video closely, you can only see people milling around in the Sky Avenue mall and outside the SkyCasino in Genting Highlands.

The video also shows a set of shutter doors fully closed. But you will also note that no one was panicking, and there were several police officers just standing around.

That is because there was no casino robbery in Genting Highlands. Neither was the resort locked down, or its roads blocked.

The claim of a RM10 million heist by Westerners is rather silly when you think about it. That’s not a lot of money – just over US$2.2 million, especially for a casino heist involving multiple “helicopters”.

Fact #2 : Police Confirmed No Casino Robbery Took Place

Bentong Police Chief Superintendent Zaiham Mohd Kahar confirmed on Wednesday, 31 August 2022, that no casino robbery took place in Genting Highlands.

There was a video claiming that there had been a robbery with a helicopter involved and I would like to deny that anything of the sort occurred.

Police from the Bentong district police headquarters have also conducted an investigation and confirmed that no robbery took place as claimed in a video or audio clip that had gone viral on social media.

Fact #3 : It Was A False Fire Alarm

Resorts World Genting also refuted the claim, posting a short notice explaining that the incident happened on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, and was caused by a false fire alarm triggering their fire shutters.

On 30th August 2022 at approximately 1.30pm the fire shutters at the SkyCasino entrance came down due to the triggering of false fire alarm. The matter was resolved within 15 minutes.

As you can now tell – this was much ado about nothing. Unfortunately, someone decided to create fake news around this video, and share it on WhatsApp and TikTok.

Now that you know the truth, please help us fight fake news by sharing this fact check article out!

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Malaysia Police Denies Running Political Troll Farm!

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) denies running a troll farm to corrupt or manipulate public discourse!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Meta Accuses Malaysia Police Of Running Political Troll Farm!

On 4 August 2022, Meta directly named the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) as being responsible for a troll farm designed to “corrupt or manipulate public discourse“.

Here were the key findings that the Meta team revealed about the individuals behind the PDRM troll farm :

  • They were active on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Instagram.
  • They posted memes in Malay, in support of the current government coalition
  • They posted claims of corruption amongst the current government coalition’s critics
  • They created Facebook Pages that posed as independent news entities, and promoted police while criticising the opposition.
  • Their posting activity were greatest during weekdays, taking breaks for lunch.
  • Their fake accounts were under-developed, and some of them used stolen profile photos.

The troll farm was initially suspected to have originated in China by researchers at Clemson University in South Caroline. But when the Meta team investigated it, they found links to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

Read more : Meta Accuses PDRM Of Running Political Troll Farm!

The Meta team also revealed that the PDRM troll farm spent about $6,000 (~RM26,750) in Facebook and Instagram ads, paid for primarily in Malaysian Ringgit.

They also shared how successful the PDRM troll farm was in garnering followers on Facebook and Instagram :

  • Facebook Pages : About 427,000 accounts
  • Facebook Groups : About 4,000 accounts
  • Instagram Accounts : About 15,000 accounts

As a result of their investigation, Meta removed 595 Facebook accounts, 180 Pages, 11 Groups and 72 Instagram accounts that were linked to this PDRM troll farm, for violating their police against “coordinated inauthentic behavior“.

What Is Inauthentic Behavior?

Inauthentic behaviour (IB) as an effort to mislead people or Facebook about about the popularity of content, the purpose of a community (i.e. Groups, Pages, Events) or the identity of the people behind it. It is primarily centered around amplifying and increasing the distribution of content, and is often (but not exclusively) financially motivated.

IB operators typically focus on quantity rather than the quality of engagement. For example, they may use large numbers of low-sophistication fake accounts to mass-post or like their content — be it commercial, social or political. They often use tactics similar to other large-scale online activities, like spam.

This behavior pattern distinguishes IB from Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) where operators invest in mimicking human social activity as closely as possible.

 

PDRM Denies Meta Accusations Of Running Political Troll Farm!

On 6 August 2022, PDRM issued a short notice (with my English translation) stating that it takes Meta’s allegations seriously, denies them, and is currently gathering information about those allegations.

Penafian PDRM Atas Dakwaan Syarikat Meta Platforms Incorporated

Police Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) memandang serius laporan pihak syarikat Meta Platforms Incorporated yang mendakwa terdapat akaun-akaun palsu di media sosial yang “mempunyai hubungan dengan PDRM”.

PDRM menafikan dakwaan tersebut dan sedang mengampul maklumat lanjut mengenainya.

PDRM Denies Allegations By Meta Platforms Incorporated

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is taking seriously the report by Meta Platforms Incorporated which claimed that there are fake social media account “with ties to PDRM”.

PDRM denies these allegations and is gathering more information about it.

 

PDRM Troll Farm : Is That Even Legal?!

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) enforces the laws of the country, including the Internet. In fact, they have a Cyber & Multimedia Criminal Investigation Unit under the Commercial Crime Investigation Department.

The PDRM works together with the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) to tackle cybersecurity threats, and these would include malicious influence campaigns.

All the more reason why it is both perplexing and troubling that Malaysia’s national police force has been linked to a troll farm designed to promote the current government coalition, while denigrating the opposition.

These are specifically the cybercrimes that NACSA should be looking out for, and the PDRM should be assisting them in arresting anyone in Malaysia who participated in such activities.

The PDRM will no doubt be under tremendous pressure to explain / refute Meta’s allegations.

 

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Meta Accuses PDRM Of Running Political Troll Farm!

Meta accused the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) of running a troll farm to corrupt or manipulate public discourse!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Meta Accuses PDRM Of Running Political Troll Farm!

On 4 August 2022, Meta issued the Adversarial Threat Report for the Second Quarter of 2022. In that report, they directly named the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) as being responsible for a troll farm designed to “corrupt or manipulate public discourse“.

Here were the key findings that the Meta team revealed about the individuals behind the PDRM troll farm :

  • They were active on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Instagram.
  • They posted memes in Malay, in support of the current government coalition
  • They posted claims of corruption amongst the current government coalition’s critics
  • They created Facebook Pages that posed as independent news entities, and promoted police while criticising the opposition.
  • Their posting activity were greatest during weekdays, taking breaks for lunch.
  • Their fake accounts were under-developed, and some of them used stolen profile photos.

The troll farm was initially suspected to have originated in China by researchers at Clemson University in South Caroline. But when the Meta team investigated it, they found links to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

The Meta team also revealed that the PDRM troll farm spent about $6,000 (~RM26,750) in Facebook and Instagram ads, paid for primarily in Malaysian Ringgit.

They also shared how successful the PDRM troll farm was in garnering followers on Facebook and Instagram :

  • Facebook Pages : About 427,000 accounts
  • Facebook Groups : About 4,000 accounts
  • Instagram Accounts : About 15,000 accounts

As a result of their investigation, Meta removed 595 Facebook accounts, 180 Pages, 11 Groups and 72 Instagram accounts that were linked to this PDRM troll farm, for violating their police against “coordinated inauthentic behavior“.

What Is Inauthentic Behavior?

Inauthentic behaviour (IB) as an effort to mislead people or Facebook about about the popularity of content, the purpose of a community (i.e. Groups, Pages, Events) or the identity of the people behind it. It is primarily centered around amplifying and increasing the distribution of content, and is often (but not exclusively) financially motivated.

IB operators typically focus on quantity rather than the quality of engagement. For example, they may use large numbers of low-sophistication fake accounts to mass-post or like their content — be it commercial, social or political. They often use tactics similar to other large-scale online activities, like spam.

This behavior pattern distinguishes IB from Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) where operators invest in mimicking human social activity as closely as possible.

 

PDRM Denies Meta Accusations Of Running Political Troll Farm!

On 6 August 2022, PDRM issued a short notice (with my English translation) stating that it takes Meta’s allegations seriously, denies them, and is currently gathering information about those allegations.

Penafian PDRM Atas Dakwaan Syarikat Meta Platforms Incorporated

Police Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) memandang serius laporan pihak syarikat Meta Platforms Incorporated yang mendakwa terdapat akaun-akaun palsu di media sosial yang “mempunyai hubungan dengan PDRM”.

PDRM menafikan dakwaan tersebut dan sedang mengampul maklumat lanjut mengenainya.

PDRM Denies Allegations By Meta Platforms Incorporated

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is taking seriously the report by Meta Platforms Incorporated which claimed that there are fake social media account “with ties to PDRM”.

PDRM denies these allegations and is gathering more information about it.

 

PDRM Troll Farm : Is That Even Legal?!

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) enforces the laws of the country, including the Internet. In fact, they have a Cyber & Multimedia Criminal Investigation Unit under the Commercial Crime Investigation Department.

The PDRM works together with the National Cyber Security Agency (NACSA) to tackle cybersecurity threats, and these would include malicious influence campaigns.

All the more reason why it is both perplexing and troubling that Malaysia’s national police force has been linked to a troll farm designed to promote the current government coalition, while denigrating the opposition.

These are specifically the cybercrimes that NACSA should be looking out for, and the PDRM should be assisting them in arresting anyone in Malaysia who participated in such activities.

The PDRM will no doubt be under tremendous pressure to explain / refute Meta’s allegations.

 

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Indonesia Bans Steam, PayPal, Epic Games + More!

Indonesia just banned a number of major websites including Steam, Epic Games, PayPal and Battle.net!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Indonesia Banned Steam, PayPal, Epic Games + More!

On 30 July 2022, Indonesians woke up to the shocking discovery that a number of gaming platforms like Steam, Epic Games, Origin, Ubisoft and Battle.net are now banned!

Not only were gaming platforms banned, Indonesia also banned major websites and digital services like PayPal and Waze.

Indonesian netizens have started sharing tips on how to bypass this sudden ban – by using VPN, or changing their DNS servers, to bypass what appears to be an IP block.

 

Why Indonesia Banned Steam, PayPal, Epic Games, Etc!

There was no official announcement by the Indonesian government, but it is likely that Indonesia banned Steam, PayPal, Epic Games and a bunch of other websites and digital platforms because they failed to register as an Electronics System Provider / Penyelenggara Sistem Elektronik (PSE).

On November 24, 2020, the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) imposed a new regulation calling for all local and international digital services to register with them for cybersecurity and user protection purposes.

Failure to comply with that regulation would subject the digital service to being banned / blocked in Indonesia.

Here is a partial list of major websites, platforms and digital services registered with the Indonesian government, and those that have not been registered, or are known to be blocked.

Those on the unregistered list are likely to be blocked, if not already blocked. Interestingly, Telegram is listed as registered, but is currently inaccessible (blocked) in Indonesia.

Registered Unregistered Blocked
LINE
WhatsApp
TikTok
Google
Google Classroom
Google Drive
Gmail
Google Cloud
YouTube
Amazon AWS
Facebook
Telegram
Twitter
Instagram
Discord
Zoom
Gojek
Spotify
Shopee
Lazada
Traveloka
Netflix
Disney+ Hotstar
Zenius
Mobile Legends
LinkedIn
Roblox
Vidio
FB Messenger
Wikipedia
Deezer
Waze
Brainly
Notion
Pinterest
SoundCloud
PayPal
EA
Nintendo
Ubisoft
Mangaku
MediaFire
GitHub
GitLab
Bitbucket
CloudFlare
MS Azure
Amazon
Reddit
DuckDuckGo
Twitch
IMDb
MS Office
Yahoo
IMDb
Patreon

Epic Games
Steam
Uplay
Battle.net
Origin

On July 15 – just 2 weeks earlier – Kominfo warned that digital service providers will be banned in Indonesia on July 21, 2022 if they refused to register.

The deadline for all PSE registration – both domestic and foreign – was set at July 20, 2022. After that, Kominfo would start banning unregistered apps and services.

At that time, Kominfo reported that many major brands and companies have yet to register with them, like Google (which owns YouTube, Google Drive, Gmail, etc.), Meta (which owns WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook), Twitter, Netflix, PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends.

 

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Gentleminions TikTok Craze : The Good, The Bad + The Ban!

The Gentleminions craze is driving tickets sales to Minions: The Rise of Gru, but some parents are really pissed at this new TikTok trend!

Find out what the heck is the Gentleminions trend all about, and why some cinemas have banned it!

 

Gentleminions TikTok Craze : What Is It?

Minions: The Rise of Gru – the latest instalment of the wildly popular Despicable Me movie franchise – was released on July 1, 2022.

It quickly topped the box office, with a four day total of $122.5 million in the US and Canada alone, thanks in part to the Gentleminions TikTok craze.

The Despicable Me movie franchise has been a family favourite with kids and their parents who can’t get enough of cute banana-yellow Minions – Kevin, Stuart and Bob, and friends.

But cinemas are seeing hordes of teenagers – mostly male, all dressed in smart suits and some “armed” with yellow bananas, lining up for the new Minions movie.

They would record themselves swarming the theatre, sitting together in a group to watch the movie and mimic Gru or the minions – all to post on TikTok, and other social media – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

 

Gentleminions TikTok Craze : The Good, The Bad + The Ban!

Many Gentleminions dressed up in the spirit of good humour, as part of a fun night at the movies with friends after 2+ years of the pandemic.

Universal Pictures was no doubt pleased as punch – these teenagers (and some adults) were boosting the box office numbers, which is why they gave a hat tip to those who participated.

Unfortunately, some Gentleminions were not really “gentleminions”. They would clap, shout and wave their hands, or even stand up during the movie, disrupting the experience for everyone else.

Some even threw the bananas they brought at the screen, while others turned on their smartphones’ torchlight to wave in the dark cinema.

When cinema ushers asked them to stop and settle down, some verbally abused them while others threw things at them, or other cinema-goers, including young children.

In some cases, the cinema staff had to evict the troublemakers, and even the police was involved. One cinema manager shared that :

It’s been absolutely heartbreaking. We’ve had families who won’t even go back into the screen when we’ve tried to sort it out, families leaving before the film has even started, and of course the children have been in tears.

A few cinemas had to refund other patrons who were not pleased at all with the disruptions, especially families who brought their children for what they thought would be a fun experience.

In the end, some cinemas are refusing to allow “unaccompanied children wearing suits” to watch the movie. Odeon cinemas in the UK, for example, put up this sign :

Due to recent disturbances following the #Gentleminions trend, any group of guests in formal attire will be refused entry for showings of Minions: The Rise of Gru. Thank you.

 

Gentleminions Cinema Ban : Check Before You Leave Home!

It is sad that what seemed to be a fun trend devolved in some cases into a real problem. Those rowdy Nastyminions are spoiling the trend for the real Gentleminions, and that’s a real shame.

If you are planning to dress up to watch Minions: The Rise of Gru, please check if the cinema has a new dress code restriction. Just in case – bring a set of casual clothes.

And if they do let you go in, please be a real Gentleminion, like these Japanese fans. Enjoy the movie together with everyone else, not at their expense. Thank you!

 

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FCC Commissioner Asks Apple + Google To Remove TikTok!

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr just publicly asked Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores!

Here is what you need to know about the renewed heat on TikTok!

 

FCC Commissioner Asks Apple + Google To Remove TikTok!

On June 29, 2022, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr publicly called on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores.

This move came after leaked TikTok audio recordings obtained by Buzzfeed News revealed that ByteDance staff in China (and possibly the Chinese government) retained extensive access to data on US citizens.

Read more : TikTok Leak Showed China Repeatedly Accessed Private User Data!

In his public letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the FCC Commissioner asked that TikTok be removed for “its pattern of surreptitious data practices”.

It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to its extensive data harvesting being combined with Beijing’s apparently unchecked access to that sensitive data.

But it is also clear that TikTok’s pattern of conduct and misrepresentations regarding the unfettered access that persons in Beijing have to sensitive U.S. user data – just some of which is detailed below – puts it out of compliance  with the policies that both of your companies require every app to adhere to as a condition of remaining available on your app stores.

Therefore, I am requesting that you apply the plain text of your app store policies to TikTok and remove it from your app stores for failure to abide by those terms.

FCC Commissioner Carr also labelled TikTok as a “sophisticated surveillance tool” that is designed to harvest “personal and sensitive data“.

At its core, TikTok functions as a sophisticated surveillance tool that harvests extensive amounts of personal and sensitive data.

Indeed, TikTok collects everything from search and browsing histories to keystroke patterns and biometric identifiers, including faceprints – which researchers have said might be used in unrelated facial recognition technology – and voiceprints.

It collects location data as well as draft messages and metadata, plus it has collected the text, images, and videos that are stored on a device’s clipboard. The list of personal and sensitive data it collects goes on from there.

This should come as no surprise, however. Within its own borders, the PRC has developed some of the most invasive and omnipresent surveillance capabilities in the world to maintain authoritarian control.

Carr ended his letter with an “ultimatum” of sorts – if Apple and Google do not remove TikTok from their app stores, they need to provide “separate responses” to him by July 8, 2022, explaining why TikTok does not contravene their App Store policies.

As of June 30, 2022, TikTok is still available to download in the US app stores of both Apple and Google.

If Apple and Google acts on the FCC Commissioner’s request, TikTok will only be removed from their US app stores. It won’t affect downloads in other countries.

Neither would it prevent users in the US from continuing to use TikTok. They just won’t be able to download it any longer, or update to newer versions.

 

FCC Commissioner Lists History Of TikTok Data Practices!

While the leaked TikTok audio recordings may have precipitated this open letter to Apple and Google, FCC Commissioner Carr pointed to a list of questionable data practices by TikTok in the past.

The list makes for really interesting reading, especially for those who are not up to date on TikTok’s privacy and data security issues :

  • In August 2020, TikTok circumvented a privacy safeguard in Google’s Android operating system to obtain data that allowed it to track users online.
  • In March 2020, researchers discovered that TikTok, through its app in the Apple App Store, was accessing users’ most sensitive data, including passwords, cryptocurrency wallet addresses, and personal messages.
  • In 2021, TikTok agreed to pay $92 million to settle lawsuits alleging that the app “clandestinely vacuumed up and transferred to servers in China (and to other servers accessible from within China) vast quantities of private and personally identifiable user data and content that could be employed to identify, profile, and track the physical and digital location and activities of United States users now and in the future.”
  • In March 2022, a report included current and former TikTok employees stating in interviews that TikTok delegates key decisions to ByteDance officials in Beijing and that an employee was asked to enter sensitive information into a.cn domain, which is the top-level domain operated by the Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
  • Earlier, in 2019, TikTok paid $5.7 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that its predecessor app illegally collected personal data on children under the age of 13.
  • India- the world’s largest democracy–has already banned TikTok on national security grounds for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data in an unauthorized manner.
  • Multiple U.S. military branches have also banned TikTok from government-issued devices due to national security risks, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.
  • U.S. government officials have also urged troops and their dependents to erase the app from their personal phones.
  • U.S. national security agencies have similarly banned TikTok from official devices citing national security risks, including the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the TSA.
  • The RNC and DNC have warned campaigns about using TikTok based on security concerns and the threat of officials in Beijing accessing sensitive data.
  • Citing data security concerns, private U.S. business operations have also banned TikTok from company devices, including Wells Fargo.
  • Once accessed by personnel in Beijing, there is no check on the CCP using the extensive, private, and sensitive data about U.S. users for espionage activities because compliance with the PC’s 2017 National Intelligence law is mandatory in China.

 

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TikTok Leak : China Repeatedly Accessed Private User Data!

Leaked audio from internal TikTok meetings show that private user data has been repeatedly accessed from China!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Privacy Promise By TikTok : Overseas Data Stored In US + Singapore

For many years now, TikTok has repeatedly assured users that all data collected from users outside of China, stays out of China and is thus, not accessible to anyone in China.

To ensure that the Chinese government has no access to the data, one of the measures they took was to store all data collected overseas in servers located in the United States, with backups in Singapore.

This was explicitly stated in their New Privacy Policy :

We store the information described in the What Information We Collect section in servers located in the United States and Singapore.

Most people may not realise this, but they also added a caveat right after that, stating that their Corporate Group (in China) may remotely access the data…

When entities in our Corporate Group need information to help us provide the Platform, they remotely access the information pursuant to authorised and secure access controls.

 

TikTok Leak : China Repeatedly Accessed Private User Data!

Buzzfeed News recently received audio recordings from more than eighty (80) internal TikTok meetings, in which employees admitted that engineers in China accessed private user data.

This was despite a TikTok executive’s sworn testimony at an October 2021 US Senate hearing at the same time period, that a “world-renowned, US-based security team” decides who gets access to the private user data.

Instead, the leaked audio revealed that US staff did not have permission or knowledge of how to access the data. Rather, it was their colleagues in China who determined how and who accessed the private user data.

The leaked tapes ultimately show that TikTok may have misled lawmakers, users, and the public by downplaying the fact that their private data is readily accessible by employees in China, and potentially, the Chinese government.

Everything Is Seen In China

Eight different employees stated in nine statements that they had to refer to their colleagues in China to make those decisions.

Everything is seen in China“, said a member of TikTok’s Trust and Safety department in a September 2021 meeting.

In another September 2021 meeting, a TikTok director referred to a Beijing-based engineer as a “Master Admin” who “has access to everything“.

There’s Some Backdoor To Access User Data…

Fourteen of the leaked audio recordings were with, or about, a team of Booz Allen Hamilton consultants that TikTok brought in to investigate how data flows through TikTok and ByteDance’s internal tools.

In September 2021, one Booz Allen Hamilton consultant told colleagues that the tools felt like they had backdoors to access user data :

I feel like with these tools, there’s some backdoor to access user data in almost all of them, which is exhausting.

Oracle Only Providing Storage For Project Texas

TikTok has been working on what they call Project Texas – securely storing overseas data in Oracle cloud servers to comply with CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States).

Project Texas is limited to protecting the private information of US users, like phone numbers and birthdays – details that are not publicly visible, or have been set to private.

Such data will be stored at an Oracle datacenter in Texas – hence the name, and would only be accessible to specific US-based TikTok employees.

However, TikTok’s head of global cyber and data defense made clear that Oracle was only providing the data storage space for Project Texas. Ultimately, TikTok would be setting up the servers, and controlling everything.

It’s almost incorrect to call it Oracle Cloud, because they’re just giving us bare metal, and then we’re building our VMs [virtual machines] on top of it.

Unique IDs Not Protected Information

In one of the leaked audio recordings from a January 2022 meeting, TikTok’s head of product and user operations announced with a laugh that the Unique ID (UID) will not be amongst the protected content under the CFIUS agreement.

The conversation continues to evolve. We recently found out that UIDs are things we can have access to, which changes the game a bit.

Other Data Not Stored On Oracle Servers

The problem with Project Texas is that it only addresses US users… and only a small subset of their data.

Everything else – including private user data from non-US countries – will stay in their US and Singapore servers that remain accessible to ByteDance’s Beijing offices.

 

Response By TikTok : 100% US Data Traffic Routed To Oracle

TikTok publicly announced on the same day – June 17, 2022, that it changed the “default storage location of US user data“, and that “100% of US user traffic is being routed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure“.

Although they “expect” to fully pivot to Oracle cloud servers located in the US, they will continue to use their existing US and Singapore servers for backup, and delete US users’ private data over time.

While this may address some of the privacy concerns for US users, it does not address the other privacy concerns revealed in the leaked audio recordings… or the privacy concerns of non-US users.

 

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Was “Dead” Ukrainian Man Caught Waking Up On Live TV?!

Was a “dead” Ukrainian man caught waking up on TV, during a live telecast of civilian casualties?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : “Dead” Ukrainian Man Was Caught Waking Up On Live TV!

People are sharing a video which they claimed is evidence of Ukrainian fake news.

It shows a reporter speaking, with rows of civilian casualties of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, when one of the “victims” woke up on live TV!

This is a transcript of what the reporter appears to narrate in English in the video :

At least 59 people killed, at least 149 people wounded. Those numbers are going to go up. There’s just no question about that. You have fierce fight in a number of…

 

Truth : “Dead” Ukrainian Man Was NOT Caught Waking Up On Live TV!

This is yet another example of anti-Ukrainian fake news, created and distributed by the pro-Russia activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Chyron Was Faked

The video was edited, with a fake chyron covering up the real chyron :

Fake Chyron : Ukrainian Health Ministry: 57 Dead, 169 Hurt Across Ukraine As Russia Launches Attack

Real Chryon : WIEN: DEMO GEGEN KLIMAPOLITIK

Fact #2 : Voiceover Was Faked

The reporter in the video was Marvin Bergauer of oe24TV, an Austrian TV channel. However, he was speaking in German, not English.

The English voiceover in the fake video was taken from this 24 February 2022 NBC News video. You can hear NBC news correspondent Cal Perry say those same exact words starting at 3:37 of the video.

Fact #3 : Fake Video Shared By Pro-Russia Groups

This fake video was “improved” in these aspects over the original version that was released in Chinese groups.

This version appears to be made by Russian operatives, and was given a boost by Lee Stranahan, a Radio Sputnik host who shared it out on Twitter with the comments “How to lose your job as a crisis actor…

Twitter only took it down later, after accumulating over 700,000 views, but versions of it continue to be shared on Twitter, TikTok, etc. as well as pro-Russia and pro-China groups on WhatsApp and Telegram.

Read more : Was “Dead” Ukrainian Crisis Actor Caught Waking Up On TV?!

Fact #4 : Video Was About A Climate Change Protest

The video was actually about a climate change protest in Vienna, as these English translations will tell you :

  • WIEN: DEMO GEGEN KLIMAPOLITIK = Vienna: Demo against climate policy
  • Aktuell Klimapolitik Nicht = No to the current climate policy

The “dead bodies” were not crisis actors, but 49 protesters in body bags outside the Federal Chancellery in Vienna. This was what oe24 reporter, Marvin Bergauer, was saying in German :

No greenhouse gas and reduction targets in Austria for 400 days. That is the official title of this event here, this demonstration.

It was organised by Fridays For Future… Here you can also see this protest action, which is somewhat macabre. Forty-nine people are lying here on the ground to represent the climate deaths.

Fact #5 : Video Was Taken Before Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

This video was recorded on 4 February 2022 – 20 days before Russia invaded Ukraine.

You can confirm this in the official oe24TV broadcast page for this protest, as well as this tweet by the Fridays for Future group in Vienna.

Fact #6 : Video Was Also Misused By COVID-19 Deniers

This video was also misused earlier by COVID-19 deniers who claimed that these are crisis actors in Germany who pretended to be dead COVID-19 patients.

They were sharing it as evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic was staged or planned, and that people did not actually die from it.

This video was already circulating in the West since 9 February 2022, so it would be really peculiar for Russian disinformation teams to reuse it.

This would suggest that the video is being used by Chinese disinformation efforts unfamiliar to its earlier circulation in the West.

This fake news appears to be part of the disinformation campaign conducted by pro-Russia activists.

It is also being shared by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and their supporters.

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US Homeless Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway?!

Are homeless people in the US setting up tents and robbing passengers on subway trains?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : US Homeless Are Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway!

People are sharing a video of homeless people in the US setting up their tent in the middle of a subway train, and then a homeless man rob another subway passenger of his food.

It is being actively shared in pro-China groups, and by pro-China social media accounts, together with messages like these :

US homeless has moved into the subway. The US homeless has moved into the subway car, and is also robbing other passengers for food in the subway car. The US government should spend more time dealing with domestic problems, instead of going abroad to set fires everywhere. Really US have degenerated to such sad state very depressing 👇👇

PRC.Forces0 : #Homeless couple camp in #NYC subway, snatching food from other passengers.

Such shameful story in US.

 

Truth : US Homeless Are NOT Setting Up Tent + Robbing People In Subway!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and/or propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was A Staged Prank Video

The video was a staged comedy prank by American comedians Esteban Hashtag Tino Romero, and Smiley Hundo.

The video was originally posted by Tino Romero on his @Pundamoniums Instagram account on 12 January 2022.

Smiley Hundo also posted it on YouTube as a short video on 2 March 2022, calling it Homeless Couple Takes Man Food On NYC Train.

Fact #2 : Tino Romero Is Famous For Prank Videos

Tino Romero is famous for participating in pranks and stunts in New York City.

In July 2021, one of his videos went viral, showing him taking a dump into a NYC sanitation worker’s mop bucket!

Of course, that video was also staged – the MTA worker was Morris Cornbread, another New York City-based comedian.

That same video was also used by the Chinese 50 Cent Army as “evidence” of how far American society has fallen. It was a kind of payback for videos of Chinese citizens pooping in public that went viral years earlier.

Fact #3 : New York City Subway Is Patrolled By NYPD

The video appears to spread quickly amongst people who have never been to the United States, and are therefore unaware that the New York City subway is patrolled by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

NYPD officers patrol the stations, and ride the trains to help prevent crime. They also make sure homeless people do not stay in the subway stations, or sleep on the train.

Therefore, it is impossible for homeless people to actually set up a tent in the middle of a subway train. NYPD officers on patrol would certainly evict them from the train.

Fact #4 : Homelessness Is A Problem Globally

While the video was staged, it is true that homelessness is a problem in the United States, and in particular, New York City which boasts some of the most expensive real estate and rental rates in the world.

But this is not an exclusively American problem. Homelessness is a global problem, affecting many countries around the world – rich and poor alike.

Ignoring wars and conflicts that displace people, here is the top 6 list of countries with the most homeless people:

  • Nigeria : 1.66%
  • Honduras : 1.24%
  • Egypt : 1.20%
  • Pakistan : 0.94%
  • Zimbabwe : 0.85%
  • Philippines : 0.42%

Instead of mocking the homeless, perhaps we should be grateful that we have a home to live in. Many people around the world don’t.

 

Why Create Fake Stories About Homeless People In US?!

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared by the Chinese 50 Cent Army, and pro-China netizens.

These fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and its aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

The Wumao have also been actively creating fake stories to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

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Ukrainian Crisis Actor Caught Smoking While Acting Dead?!

Was a Ukrainian crisis actor caught smoking a cigarette while pretending to be dead?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Ukrainian Crisis Actor Caught Smoking While Acting Dead!

People are sharing a video on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, claiming to show a Ukrainian crisis actor caught smoking a cigarette while pretending to be dead!

The video is often accompanied by comments like these :

Look at the fake body count in Ukraine. One of the bodies is still having his last Cigarette lol

Dead Ukrainians still can smoke, low class western media 👎🙈🐷

Miracles in #Ukraine never cease!!! The supposed pile of dead bodies of civilians after an alleged Russian attack. But look one the dead has not managed to kick his smoking habit even in the afterlife

 

Truth : “Dead” Actor Was Smoking On Russian Rap Video Set!

This is yet another example of anti-Ukrainian fake news, designed to disparage claims of atrocities in Ukraine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was Posted A Year Ago

The video was posted on TikTok a year ago – on 28 March 2021. That was long before Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

Fact #2 : It Was A Russian Video

If you look carefully at the video, you can see that it was posted by @vasyaivanovdesign.

That’s the TikTok account of Vasya Ivanov (Вася Иванов), a Russian art director and production designer based in Moscow.

Vasya Ivanov

Fact #3 : It Was A Behind The Scenes Video

The video is actually a “behind the scenes” video that Vasya Ivanov shot on the set of Никогда-нибудь (Never Ever), a song by Russian rapper, Хаски (Husky).

We know this because he posted it on his TikTok account, with the description (in Russian, with the English translation) :

Съемки клипа Хаски – Никогда-нибудь #Хаски #рэперхаски #бекстейдж #какснимали #съемки #backstage #рекомендации #хочуврек #рек #хаски

Filming a Husky clip – Never ever #Husky #rapperhusky #backstage #how to shoot #shooting #backstage #recommendations #hochuvrek #rek #husky

Ivanov also shared two “behind the scenes” video clips showing the “Making of Husky – Never ever“, including how they pulled the body bags up the side of the building (here and here).

Fact #4 : Husky Video Was Released In 2020

The Husky music video was released on 26 September 2020 – almost 1.5 years before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Vasya Ivanov was credited as the set designer, while the director of photography was Kirill Groshev (Кирилл Грошев), and the director was Evgeny Bakirov (Евгений Бакиров).

At 2:24 of the music video, you can see the black body bags being lowered from the white building, which are then carried away by the orange truck.

Vladimir Putin (left) with Husky (right)

Fact #5 : Similar Crisis Actor Video Was Posted Earlier

There appears to be a trend of posting videos claiming to prove that the Ukrainians are hiring crisis actors to pretend to be dead bodies.

Just a week earlier, a video claiming to show a “dead” Ukrainian crisis actor waking up on live TV went viral.

The truth is – people are being killed in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and these fake videos are abhorrent attempts to cover that up.

Read more : Was “Dead” Ukrainian Crisis Actor Caught Waking Up On TV?!

This is ultimately a Russian “behind the scenes” video that was intentionally used to mislead you into believing that the Ukrainians are lying about people dying in Putin’s “special military operation”.

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Nurse Caught Emptying Vaccine Syringe For YB KJ’s Son?!

Was a nurse caught emptying the COVID-19 vaccine syringe for Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s son?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Nurse Caught Emptying Vaccine Syringe For YB KJ’s Son!

People are sharing this message and a TikTok video, which they claim is proof that a nurse was caught emptying the COVID-19 vaccine syringe, to fake an injection of Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s son.

She tried to hide the syringe between the boy and the table when emptying the syringe but was caught in action by the cameraman!

At 0.38 sec we see a repeated emptying of the syringe.

Within 2 secs of the video, she emptied the syringe by shooting the liquid down towards the floor just before pretending to inject the vaccine.

This is how KJ’s son got “vaccinated”. Bastards are conning the public into forced mass vaccination while they secretly protect themselves and their own kids and make policies on Covid for others. If Covid vaccine is so safe, why this scandal? It shows that the vaccine and booster campaign is simply for the politicians to profit.

This raises the question if politicians and their families were really vaccinated?

Khairy should resign immediately and the vaccination of kids stopped pending a full investigation on the safety of vaccine.

 

Truth : Nurse Did NOT Empty Vaccine Syringe For YB KJ’s Son!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being created and circulated by antivaxxers and people who really should know better…

Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Nurse Was Distracting The Boy

When the video went viral, the Malaysia Ministry of Health released a video of the nurse explaining what she did.

As an experienced nurse vaccinating children, she is aware that they may get anxious on seeing the needle, so she explained that she would hide the needle from their view.

She would then distract them by asking them to count one to ten, and wait until they are calm and not moving, before injecting them with the vaccine.

That was why she appeared to be putting the syringe under the table. But if you watch the unedited video below, you will see that it was placed there so her other hand would block the boy from seeing the needle.

Fact #2 : The Syringe Plunger Was Never Pushed

The fake news creator intentionally zoomed in to focus on the needle for two reasons :

  • the blurry video made the needle look like a stream of liquid
  • to avoid you noticing that the plunger was never pushed

The nurse also pointed out in her video that the white plunger is clearly visible in the unedited video, and it is impossible for any vaccine to be ejected without pushing the syringe plunger.

Here is the original unedited video. Watch from around the 0:54 mark. You can clearly see that :

  • what looked like a stream of liquid in the blurry video was just the needle of the syringe
  • she never pushed the plunger, until after she inserted the needle into the boy’s arm.

Fact #3 : The Syringe Was Not Repeatedly Emptied

The fake news claims that the nurse repeatedly emptied the syringe, suggesting that there was nothing in it. That’s nonsense.

The COVID-19 vaccine is injected intramuscularly. To confirm that the needle is indeed going into the muscle and not a vein, the nurse has to withdraw the plunger to see if any blood goes into the syringe.

Only after she sees that no blood is withdrawn into the syringe, does she push the plunger to inject the vaccine into the deltoid muscle.

Fact #4 : The Cameraman Was Khairy Jamaluddin Himself

The fake news creator removed the original audio in the edited video, so he/she could claim that the nurse was “caught in action by the cameraman“.

The truth is – the cameraman was the Health Minister himself, Khairy Jamaluddin.

If you watch the original video, you can hear his voice saying, “Count to ten, okay? Finish, finish, finish!

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Proven Safe + Effective

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-old children have been proven safe and effective.

It uses the same mRNA vaccine that has been successfully used in BILLIONS of adults and adolescents, just at 1/3 the dose.

In addition, more than 8 million doses of this paediatric vaccine had already been safely administered in the United States, before it was introduced in Malaysia.

Let me speak plainly – the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids is safe and effective. That is why I vaccinated my two younger children on the very first day the vaccination centre opened!

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!
Read more : What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

The only scandal here is how antivaxxers continue to put our children’s lives at risk by creating such fake news and lying about COVID-19 vaccines.

Stop believing in these fake news, and vaccinate your loved ones against COVID-19.

 

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Did Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Reject Booster Dose?

Did Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin reject taking the COVID-19 booster dose?

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Rejects Booster Dose!

People are sharing a TikTok video by @wakproton showing Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin saying that he doesn’t need the COVID-19 booster shot.

The text in the video said, “Hahahaha… KJ pun tolak BOOSTER!“, which in English meant “Hahahaha… KJ also rejected the booster!

Here is my translated transcript for context :

I took Sinovac quite late, so I don’t need the booster yet. But this is a serious answer – the booster is only offered to people who should have it.

I’m young, I do not have co-morbidities at the moment, so I should not be taking a booster because I would be taking a vaccine from somebody else.

So the booster dose should be given to people who, according to experts, can be given the booster – people who are 60 years and older, those with co-morbidities, those who are immunocompromised. The boosters are for those people, not healthy people right now.

We are not recommending boosters for healthy people right now. It’s just for certain groups that we are giving the booster dose.

 

Truth : Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Did Not Reject Booster Dose

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination fake news created by misrepresenting statements from the past.

Fact #1 : This Video Was From 20 September 2021

First, I need to point out that this video was taken at a press conference on 20 September 2021 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport – more than 4 months ago!

It was FALSELY shared as a new video, to trick people into believing that the Health Minister was rejecting the booster dose.

The TikTok video creator, @wakproton used this old video to intentionally mislead you.

Fact #2 : Booster Doses Limited To High-Risk Groups At That Time

Back in September 2021, vaccine supply was still limited, and studies show that fully-vaccinated people still had good protection against COVID-19.

Hence, the priority was to give at least 80% of the adult population the chance the get the primary series of the vaccine first. Then, the booster dose would be given to a priority group who are most at risk :

  • frontliners
  • individuals 60 years and older
  • individuals with co-morbidities
  • immunocompromised individuals

This was the same order of priority that was adopted when Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia

Fact #3 : Khairy Jamaluddin Received His Booster Dose On 29 October 2021

Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin received his COVID-19 booster dose on 29 October 2021.

He received a Pfizer booster dose, to complement his two Sinovac vaccine doses taken earlier, to demonstrate that heterologous vaccination (mixing of vaccines) is safe and effective.

So the claim that he rejected the booster dose is utter nonsense.

Fact #4 : Booster Shot Recommended For All Adults

After the a month and half of giving the booster shot to the priority group, the government recommended the booster dose for all individuals 40 years and older on 9 November 2021.

That was then expanded to all individuals 18 years and older on 24 November 2021 – the same day South Africa reported the discovery of the Omicron variant to the WHO.

Since then, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) and Khairy Jamaluddin have been actively encouraging people to get the COVID-19 booster dose.

Fact #5 : Booster Shot Helps Protect Against Variants

KKM has strongly recommended the booster shot, to protect against the Delta and Omicron variants, after the recent RECoVaM study showed the waning protection of COVID-19 vaccines.

They were also concerned about the latest data on the Omicron variant, which showed greater transmissibility, higher viral binding affinity and higher antibody escape.

Evidence showed that a booster shot can increase protection against the Omicron variant. And early research involving 21 million booster doses in the UK showed that they are safe.

In line with those results, regulatory bodies in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as panels of health experts now recommend that the booster dose vaccination should be given as early as three (3) months after completing the primary vaccine.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

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Yoodo 3rd Anniversary Announcements!

Yoodo – the 100% digital mobile service – just celebrated their 3rd anniversary, with some announcements!

 

Yoodo Celebrates 3rd Anniversary!

Yoodo – a Celcom brand – started three years ago in 2018, growing from a young start-up to becoming the only digital telco in the market to offer users the option to cherry pick and pay for what they need in a mobile plan.

According to Chow Tuck Min, Head of Yoodo, over the last 3 years, Yoodo became the dominant telco in esports, sponsoring the PUBG Mobile National Championship and even signing on two esports teams – Yoodo RSG MLBB and Yoodo RSG CODM.

Goodo also sponsored the Malaysian Premier Futsal League (MPFL), and supported local musicians and indie bands through events like Yoodo Presents and Punkrock Picnic.

 

Yoodo 3rd Anniversary Announcements!

In conduction with their 3rd Anniversary, Yoodo shared these announcements :

TikTok Around The Clock With Yoodo

From now until 31 December 2021, Yoodo users can purchase the new TikTok Add-On for only RM1, after which it will be priced at RM10.

This TikTok Add-On allows users to stream, create and share up to 20GB of TikTok videos.

Mobile Legends : Bang Bang Diamonds Galore

From now until 17 August 2021, Yoodo users can purchase the Mobile Legends : Bang Bang Add-On for only RM1, after which it will retail for RM5.

This Add-On comes with 20GB of Mobile Legends : Bang Bang data, as well as 1,000 in-game diamonds!

Connectivity On-The-Go

Yoodo is partnering with BHP and Petronas to offer their Yoodo SIM packs at only RM3 throughout Peninsular Malaysia.

The SIM Pack are also available at 10 Celcom Bluecube outlets in Mid Valley Megamall, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, AEON Bukit Tinggi, Laman Seri, Sunway Pyramid, NU Sentral, Prima Sri Gombak, Bandar Baru Klang, IOI Mall and Kajang.

 

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Can COVID-19 Patients Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia?

Is it true that COVID-19 patients in Malaysia can now request to be treated with ivermectin in hospitals?

Find out what’s the new ivermectin claim, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Why People Think You Can Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia?

Recently, people discovered that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) allows off-label use of ivermectin in hospitals.

The ability of hospitals to apply for off-label use of medicine, not just ivermectin, has always been there. People just did not know that.

Unfortunately, this led people to falsely claim that COVID-19 patients in Malaysia can now request to be treated with ivermectin.

Here are some examples (with our English translation) :

The Ministry of Health is allowing hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label”, meaning for purposes beyond what has been decreed. This is a huge step forward. Those patients who want ivermectin can ask for it.

MOH now allows special off label use for patients who are interested in using ivermectin.

For now, this is only for hospital patients and patients who #request, not for general treatment and home quarantine.

This requires the consent of both parties.

Those in the hospital, don’t be shy to ask. I hope supply is enough.

KKM benarkan off label use khas untuk pesakit yg berminat untuk guna IVRMCTN.

Buat masa sekarang, ini hanya untuk pesakit hospital dan pesakit yang #request sahaja bukan rawatan umum dan quarantine rumah.

Hendaklan dapatkan persetujuan kedua-dua pihak.

Yg di hospital tu jangan malu-malu minta. I hope supply is enough.

 

COVID-19 Patients Cannot Request For Ivermectin In Malaysia!

Those viral messages are all FALSE!

COVID-19 patients in Malaysia cannot request to be treated with ivermectin in hospitals.

On 10 July 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health denounced those viral messages as FALSE. Here is our English translation :

The content of the viral post is found to be false.

For your information, the off-label use of ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment in Malaysia is only for clinical studies. Not at the request of patients in the hospital.

Tular mengenai posting seperti berikut. Isi kandungan posting tersebut didapati palsu.

Untuk makluman, penggunaan ivermectin secara off-label untuk rawatan COVID-19 di Malaysia pada masa ini adalah dalam kajian klinikal sahaja. Bukan atas permintaan pesakit di hospital.

Currently, COVID-19 patients with mild or moderate symptoms (Stage 2-3) are being enrolled in the Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients (I-TECH) trial that is being conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR).

We should point out that ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia, and that the illegal sale of ivermectin is subject to a massive fine of up to RM 50,000, and/or up to 5 years of jail.

 

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MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy Explained!

Is it true that the RM 70 million MySejahtera website was using a FREE BootstrapMade plan?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy : What Is It?

A TikTok creator called eryazmi shared a video on social media, which went viral.

Why? Because he showed how the RM 70 million MySejahtera website was just using a FREE BootstrapMade plan!

In his TikTok video, eryazmi showed that the MySejahtera website had a footer credit link – Designed by BootstrapMade.

He then showed that the footer credit link is there because the MySejahtera website team opted NOT to pay US$19 for a Pro Single BootstrapMade plan.

Instead, they opted for the free BootstrapMade plan, even though he explained early in the video – the MySejahtera app and website cost a whopping RM 70 million (US$17 million)!

You can watch his TikTok video here, but please read our FACT CHECK of his claims below after that.

 

MySejahtera BootstrapMade Controversy : The Facts!

eryazmi is correct that the MySejahtera team opted for the free BootstrapMade plan, but he made a number of misleading statements.

Let’s take a look at what the FACTS really are!

Fact #1 : BootstrapMade Is Free For Commercial Use

Bootstrap is a company that makes website templates that they sell on the BootstrapMade website.

They offer their templates for FREE to download and use, even for COMMERCIAL PROJECTS!

The only downside is that you cannot remove the footer credit link, and you cannot use it to create websites for clients.

Technically, there is nothing wrong for the MySejahtera team to create their website using a free Bootstrap plan, if they are an internal KKM team and not a third-party contractor.

Are they an internal team or a third-party contractor? We don’t know, and until we do, we cannot simply jump to conclusions.

Fact #2 : BootstrapMade Is Just A Website Template

BootstrapMade or Bootstrap templates are just basic design templates for creating your website.

You still need to customise it to suit your requirements, using your own photos and graphics. The Bootstrap team isn’t doing it for you – that’s for sure!

eryazmi‘s claim that the free plan lets the team just generate the MySejahtera website is just false and ludicrous.

Never mind customising the website, he ignored the cost of hosting the website, which likely requires multiple servers and load balancing due to the high traffic.

Fact #3 : Removing The Footer Credit Does Nothing

After the video went viral, the team apparently paid Bootstrap US$19 to remove the footer credit, which is no longer visible at the bottom of the MySejahtera website.

It’s a ONE-TIME charge, not a subscription, as eryazmi claimed.

What did that buy us? Absolutely NOTHING.

The presence, or lack thereof, of the BootstrapMade footer credit at the bottom of the MySejahtera website has ZERO implications on its performance, or the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.

Nevertheless, it is good that they paid Bootstrap for the template, whether they are an internal KKM team, or a third-party contractor.

Fact #3 : RM 70 Million Not Just For MySejahtera App + Website

Early in the video, eryazmi claimed that RM 70 million was for the MySejahtera app and website. At the end of his video, he claimed that RM 70 million was just for this website.

Either way – he’s wrong.

As National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said earlier, RM 70 million is the amount BUDGETED for the management of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

In other words – RM 70 million is the maximum amount, the ceiling price for multiple systems to run and manage PICK :

  • Management and monitoring of PICK performance indicators
  • Development of PICK daily report dashboard
  • System integration to connect the MySejahtera database with KKM’s existing pharmacy database
  • Development of chatbot
  • Development of the vaccination registration portal (VaksinCOVID.gov.my)
  • Registration and vaccination detection, and Google Map tracking system in MySejahtera
  • Development of genomic surveillance and immunisation surveillance systems
  • Queue Mobile management system for vaccination centres (PPVs)
  • Integration of digital (vaccination) passport system in MySejahtera
  • Logistic and vaccine delivery chain management system
  • Call center operations located in CITF
  • MyVAC (Malaysian Vaccine Support Volunteers) system for the management of volunteers.
  • SMS messaging and call reminders for 5-10 times for each person

It is therefore, categorically false for eryazmi to claim that RM 70 million is what the MySejahtera app and/or website costs.

 

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J&T Express Worker Strike Over Pay Cut Clarified!

Viral videos have surfaced, allegedly showing J&T Express workers on strike over a pay cut!

Take a look at the videos, and find out what really happened!

 

J&T Express Worker Strike Over Pay Cut?

Several videos have surfaced, allegedly showing J&T Express workers on strike over a pay cut.

One of them, in particular, showed J&T Express workers shouting, with one worker standing on a conveyor belt throwing parcels.

According to various netizens, the J&T Express workers were angry and on strike, because their commissions were cut.

The other videos showed what appears to be a J&T fulfilment centre full of undelivered parcels with no one in sight. They appear to be genuine, with J&T logo on some of the parcels.

Coincidentally or not, Muhammad Syazwan Samat just received this brand new PC case from J&T Express.

And one family received their package wrapped in pink underwear!

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J&T Express confirmed the incident, and clarified that it was a misunderstanding by several workers who did not understand their year-end bonus plan.

J&T Express in Perak then shared a video of seven workers saying that they did not strike, and apologising for abusing the packages.

On the other hand, this internal memo showed that J&T introduced a new, lower commission rate for their delivery dispatchers from 1 February 2021 onwards.

 

J&T Express On Viral Video Of Worker Strike

On 7 February 2021, J&T Express finally issued a statement about these viral videos :

The recent viral case which has been circulated on social media regarding “J&T Deducts Employee Wages Incident” that caused the dissatisfaction among employees with violent sorting behaviour, which has attracted the attention and discussion of the public, inside and outside the industry.

First of all, we express our deepest apologies to all Malaysians. Everyone’s opinions and suggestions are truly accepted and adopted by the company. In order to ensure the stability of our employees and to give the public a true accountability, we take this opportunity to clarify the truth to the public today.

“Deduction of Employee Wages Incident”:

J&T has been fully committed to localisation development, continuously improving employee compensation and benefits, and promoting the development of Malaysia’s social economy and E-commerce Industry. We have been committed to building a complete compensation and benefits system to increase employee benefits.

J&T has given employees year-end bonuses after comprehensive consideration, in accordance with the bonus rules and regulations, and in accordance with the Malaysian Labour Law, full bonuses are paid to employees who have worked for a year.

For employees who have worked for less than a year, bonuses are paid according to the length of working time without prejudice.

Unfortunately, certain employees are not clear about the bonus payment scheme which led to violent sorting of packages on February 4th, inciting some employees to make collective disturbances, and posting the videos to social media.

Our Perak state management has immediately handled and clarified the incident. On February 5th, the employees had resumed their normal working status and actively sorted and processed the packages of customers.

As for the fact that J&T deducts employee wages, we clarify that J&T will not deduct or owe employees a penny of wages, and hereby declare that we are willing to accept the supervision and inspection by the public and institutions.

 

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TikTok + ByteDance Ban By Donald Trump Explained!

US President Donald Trump just signed an executive order, highlighting the dangers of TikTok and ordering a ban of ByteDance, calling it a national emergency!

Find out what this new Trump ban means for TikTok users, and ByteDance!

 

TikTok Triggers ByteDance Ban

On 6 August 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, blocking everyone under US jurisdiction from transacting with TikTok owner, ByteDance Ltd.

This effectively bans the usage of TikTok in the United States and by US citizens worldwide. It also prohibits business dealings with ByteDance.

Trump called it a national emergency, citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act and Section 301 of Title 3, United States Code.

His executive order claims that TikTok collects and potentially shares personal and proprietary data of American citizens with the Chinese Communist Party, while censoring content deemed sensitive to the CCP, pointing out that :

These risks are real.  The Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and the United States Armed Forces have already banned the use of TikTok on Federal Government phones.  The Government of India recently banned the use of TikTok and other Chinese mobile applications throughout the country; in a statement, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asserted that they were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”  American companies and organizations have begun banning TikTok on their devices.  The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.

 

ByteDance Ban : How Does It Affect TikTok?

Interestingly, while Trump’s executive order explicitly mentions TikTok, it doesn’t actually ban TikTok. It only bans transactions with TikTok’s owner – ByteDance and its subsidiaries.

In other words, if Microsoft buys TikTok from ByteDance, TikTok can continue to operate, as long as the deal gets done soon.

This is different from the concurrent WeChat and Tencent Holdings ban, which specifically bans both WeChat (the app) and its owner (Tencent Holdings).

Of course, targeting ByteDance and its subsidiaries will include the US-based TikTok, and forbid any financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries.

Section 1.  (a)  The following actions shall be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law: any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. (a.k.a. Zìjié Tiàodòng), Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.

(c)  45 days after the date of this order, the Secretary shall identify the transactions subject to subsection (a) of this section.

In addition, it applies not just to American citizens worldwide but to any person or organisation within the United States.

The TikTok ban follows the WeChat ban, and similarly, does not start until 45 days later, on 20 September 2020. That suggests it’s being used as a leverage, rather than an urgent matter of national security.

Possibly to pressure ByteDance into accepting the Microsoft offer to buy them out. It could also just a way for Trump to boost his flagging chances at winning re-election.

And “coincidentally”, he signed his executive order on the same day Facebook unveiled Instagram Reels

 

TikTok Responds : We Are Shocked

TikTok responded with a statement, saying that they are shocked by the Executive Order :

We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.

 

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WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban By Donald Trump Explained!

US President Donald Trump just signed an executive order, ordering a ban of both WeChat and Tencent Holdings, calling it a national emergency!

Find out what this new US ban means for WeChat users, and Tencent Holdings!

 

WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban Signed By Donald Trump

On 6 August 2020, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, blocking everyone under US jurisdiction from using WeChat or transacting with its owner, Tencent Holdings.

This effectively bans the usage of WeChat in the United States and by US citizens worldwide. It also prohibits business dealings with Tencent Holdings.

Trump called it a national emergency, citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the National Emergencies Act and Section 301 of Title 3, United States Code.

His executive order claims that WeChat collects and potentially shares personal and proprietary data of both American and Chinese citizens with the Chinese Communist Party, citing an example :

In March 2019, a researcher reportedly discovered a Chinese database containing billions of WeChat messages sent from users in not only China but also the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia. WeChat, like TikTok, also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive and may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party. These risks have led other countries, including Australia and India, to begin restricting or banning the use of WeChat. The United States must take aggressive action against the owner of WeChat to protect our national security.

 

WeChat + Tencent Holdings Ban : What Does It Mean?

The executive order is actually quite wide-ranging. It does not only ban WeChat, but also Tencent Holdings and its subsidiaries.

This could mean other apps owned by Tencent Holdings – like Valorant, League of Legends, Clash of Clans, JOOX, etc. could be affected.

We will only know more when Wilbur Ross, the US Secretary of Commerce, clarifies the ban (as stated in section 1(c) below.

Targeting Tencent Holdings and its subsidiaries will also forbid any financial transfers to and from those subsidiaries, at least within the United States.

The following actions shall be prohibited beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law: any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd. (a.k.a. Téngxùn Kònggǔ Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī), Shenzhen, China, or any subsidiary of that entity, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) under section 1(c) of this order.

(c)  45 days after the date of this order, the Secretary shall identify the transactions subject to subsection (a) of this section.

In addition, it applies not just to American citizens worldwide but to any person or organisation within the United States.

The WeChat ban follows the TikTok ban, and similarly, does not start until 45 days later, on 20 September 2020. That suggests it’s being used as a leverage, rather than an urgent matter of national security.

This could be an effort to pressure the Chinese into agreeing to a trade deal, or a way for Trump to boost his flagging chances at winning re-election.

 

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Will TikTok Be Banned In Pakistan After Student’s Death?

Will TikTok be banned by Pakistan after the death of a student today, like how PUBG was suspended recently?

 

Student’s Tragic Death While Shooting TikTok Video

Earlier today, 10 July 2020, a 14 year-old student in Pakistan accidentally shot himself while shooting a TikTok video, in the Bagan neighbourhood of Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The 14 year-old student, identified as Abdul Samad, was killed after he accidentally fired the gun while filming himself on TikTok.

 

Will TikTok Be Banned In Pakistan After Student Death?

This new tragedy follows a string of unfortunate deaths in Pakistan, while teenagers and children attempt to make popular TikTok videos :

  • June 2020 : 17 year-old boy accidentally pulled the trigger of his father’s gun while filming himself holding the gun to his temple in a TikTok video.
  • April 2020 : 22 year-old man died after being hit by a train, while performing a TikTok challenge at the Jumma Goth railway station.
  • March 2020 : a policeman was accidentally shot and killed while trying to snatch his gun back from a female friend who took his gun to film her TikTok video
  • December 2019 : 16 year-old boy accidentally shot himself while recording a TikTok video.

Considering PUBG was recently suspended after a student committed suicide, it seems likely that Pakistan may be forced to order a suspension of TikTok after this student’s death.

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Should TikTok be held responsible for these deaths? Arguably, they have to consider if it is really smart to allow videos of people showing off and shooting guns on a short video platform that many children and teenagers use unsupervised.

There is no age check so anyone can watch those videos, irrespective of how young they are. Heck, you don’t even need an account to watch!

 

TikTok Controversies Keep Piling Up!

While TikTok is very popular with children and teenagers, it keeps getting wracked by controversies, some of its own doing.

It was caught spying on what we type in other apps, not once but TWICE. Coupled with Chinese belligerence in the Himalayas, that led to India banning TikTok together with 58 other Chinese apps.

Its penchant for promoting TikTok challenges led to deaths and injuries from the Skull Breaker / Tripping Jump Challenge.

Recommended : Skull Breaker Challenge Continues To Injure Children!

More recently, it powered the George Floyd Challenge, which was not only extremely racist but also dangerous for children to imitate.

Recommended : George Floyd Challenge Exposed : Racist + Dangerous!

 

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TikTok Reverse-Engineered : A Peek At How It Works!

TikTok is getting exposed as a really bad piece of malware, and it doesn’t help when people like bangarlol claim to have reverse-engineered it, giving us a peek at how it all works!

 

TikTok : Controversies After Controversies

TikTok is a Chinese social networking service built around short video clips. Developed and owned by ByteDance which is based in Beijing, it is very popular amongst young people and even children.

This has led to numerous controversies as TikTok proved slow or reluctant to remove dangerous or racist videos :

TikTok has also been dogged by accusations of snooping on users, but that got serious recently, when they were caught twice spying on what we typed, followed by a ban by the Indian government.

 

TikTok Reverse-Engineered : A Peek At How It Works!

bangorlol, who claims to reverse-engineer apps for a living, claimed to have figured out how TikTok worked, and what it was “harvesting” from its users.

Data Harvesting Gone Mad?

He warned that TikTok is a “data collection service” that is “essentially malware that is targeting children“, collecting everything they can get their hands on, even data unnecessary for the features they offer.

  • other apps that you installed, even those you deleted!
  • everything on your network, including network configuration and devices!
  • your GPS location – roughly once every 30 seconds!

This data collection is so critical that the TikTok app is disabled if you block communications to their data analytics host at the DNS level.

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You?

The TikTok app itself is specially designed to obfuscate (make it difficult to figure out) what they are really doing.

The First Taste Of Fame…

According to bangorlol, the TikTok service will entice you by letting your first post get more likes, giving you a taste of going viral.

This will hopefully hook you into using their app, which would lead to more users as your friends will want to join in too.

Remote Payload?

bangorlol found code that allows for the downloading of a remote file, unzipping it and then executing the binary – something no legitimate app will ever do.

Can’t Be Bothered With SSL But Encrypt The Data They Collect?

Apparently, TikTok has not been using SSL (HTTPS) for a long time, leaking user email addresses through their HTTP REST API, as well as the real names and birthdays of their users.

Yet they took the effort to encrypt all of the data they collect from their users, even changing the encryption keys with every update, so you don’t know what they’re collecting.

 

TikTok Reverse-Engineered : The Full bangorlol Post

For those who want to read bangorlol’s full post, here it is :

I reverse-engineered the app, and feel confident in stating that I have a very strong understanding for how the app operates (or at least operated as of a few months ago).

TikTok is a data collection service that is thinly-veiled as a social network. If there is an API to get information on you, your contacts, or your device… well, they’re using it.

  • Phone hardware (cpu type, number of course, hardware ids, screen dimensions, dpi, memory usage, disk space, etc)
  • Other apps you have installed (I’ve even seen some I’ve deleted show up in their analytics payload – maybe using as cached value?)
  • Everything network-related (ip, local ip, router mac, your mac, wifi access point name)
  • Whether or not you’re rooted/jailbroken
  • Some variants of the app had GPS pinging enabled at the time, roughly once every 30 seconds – this is enabled by default if you ever location-tag a post IIRC
  • They set up a local proxy server on your device for “transcoding media”, but that can be abused very easily as it has zero authentication

The scariest part of all of this is that much of the logging they’re doing is remotely configurable, and unless you reverse every single one of their native libraries (have fun reading all of that assembly, assuming you can get past their customized fork of OLLVM!!!) and manually inspect every single obfuscated function. They have several different protections in place to prevent you from reversing or debugging the app as well. App behavior changes slightly if they know you’re trying to figure out what they’re doing. There’s also a few snippets of code on the Android version that allows for the downloading of a remote zip file, unzipping it, and executing said binary. There is zero reason a mobile app would need this functionality legitimately.

On top of all of the above, they weren’t even using HTTPS for the longest time. They leaked users’ email addresses in their HTTP REST API, as well as their secondary emails used for password resets. Don’t forget about users’ real names and birthdays, too. It was allllll publicly viewable a few months ago if you MITM’d the application.

They provide users with a taste of “virality” to entice them to stay on the platform. Your first TikTok post will likely garner quite a bit of likes, regardless of how good it is.. assuming you get past the initial moderation queue if thats still a thing. Most users end up chasing the dragon. Oh, there’s also a ton of creepy old men who have direct access to children on the app, and I’ve personally seen (and reported) some really suspect stuff. 40-50 year old men getting 8-10 year old girls to do “duets” with them with sexually suggestive songs. Those videos are posted publicly. TikTok has direct messaging functionality.

Here’s the thing though.. they don’t want you to know how much information they’re collecting on you, and the security implications of all of that data in one place, en masse, are fucking huge. They encrypt all of the analytics requests with an algorithm that changes with every update (at the very least the keys change) just so you can’t see what they’re doing. They also made it so you cannot use the app at all if you block communication to their analytics host off at the DNS-level.

For what it’s worth I’ve reversed the Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter apps. They don’t collect anywhere near the same amount of data that TikTok does, and they sure as hell aren’t outright trying to hide exactly whats being sent like TikTok is. It’s like comparing a cup of water to the ocean – they just don’t compare.

tl;dr; I’m a nerd who figures out how apps work for a job. Calling it an advertising platform is an understatement. TikTok is essentially malware that is targeting children. Don’t use TikTok. Don’t let your friends and family use it.

 

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