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Plus-size TikTok influencer's content targeted by scammer who stole clip

NewsPlus-size TikTok influencer's content targeted by scammer who stole clip

A clip of a plus-size TikTok influencer getting stuck between aeroplane seeats was stolen by a troll who pretended to be her to call for wider aisles. The video of BoBerryVIP making her way down the aisle was doctored by a fake account under the name Big Curvy Olivia.

The doctored clip sees Big Curvy Olivia claim it is discriminatory for her to have to struggle between seats and call for aisles to be widened.

It is captioned: “Honestly, it’s discrimination that they can’t build wider aisles in airplanes in 2023.”

The post sparked mocking comments from other TikTok users with one writing: “Maybe switch to UPS Ground or Freight”.

Another user chimed in: “That’s the kind of plane you need”.

Big Curvy Olivia’s fake video has garnered more than a million views on the social media platform with more than 12,000 comments.

Another user wrote: “Maybe the cargo hold would be better”.

In BoBerryVIP’s original video, she offers tips on travelling by air if you are overweight or obese.

The influencer shares details of her own challenges when trying to get into aeroplane toilets, but refrains from calling for wider aisles.

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She won praise from social media users who hailed her for raising awareness.

One Twitter user commented: “I never thought about wheelchair accessibility on a domestic/small flight”.

Another said: “As a wheelchair user who works at an advocacy organization, improving airplane accessibility for all people is one of my top priorities.”

According to MailOnline, the account has been posting BoBerryVIP’s content since April, sharing more than 24 clips taken from her social media and channels.

Since lifting her content, the Big Curvy Olivia account has gained more than 50,000 followers and amassed over 222,000 likes.

TikTok and BoBerryVIP have been approached for comment.

Meanwhile, Montana this week became the first US state to enact a total ban on TikTok on Wednesday as Republican Governor Greg Gianforte signed a measure which is more sweeping than any other state’s attempts to curtail the Chinese owned social media app.

TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter argued the law infringes upon people’s First Amendment rights and is unlawful but she declined to say whether the company will file a lawsuit.

Since the ban was written into law, five TikTok users filed a lawsuit in the US to overturn the decision.

They argued in a legal complaint filed on Wednesday that the law is an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights.

The five also claim the state doesn’t have authority over matters of national security.

Some politicians, the FBI and officials at other agencies are concerned the video-sharing app could be used to allow the Chinese government to access information on US citizens or push pro-Beijing misinformation which could influence the public.

TikTok says none of this has ever happened.

UK data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), fined TikTok £12.7million earlier this year for breaching data protection law, including by using the personal data of children aged under 13 without parental consent.

A TikTok spokesperson said the company disagreed with the ICO’s decision but was pleased the fine had been reduced from the possible £27m set out by the ICO last year.

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