Wednesday, January 8, 2020

"The strange case of . . . the influencer who came back as a different person

Sarah Manavis for New Statesman:
In 2015, when he joined, the app for sharing lip-syncing videos that was bought by TikTok in 2018, he posted near-daily clips of himself doing jerky dance moves, acting out scenes with his fiancé . . . and flashing his abs. Within 18 months, [his] seemingly mundane videos were regularly drawing half a million views per clip and he became one of the most popular users on the app. By the start of 2017, [he] had gained an audience of just under a million Instagram followers and a whopping seven million on These followers then transferred to TikTok when it was bought, giving [him] one of the largest followings on the world's fastest-growing social media platform.


hundreds of users complained that he had not honoured the promises he'd made to secure these gifts . . . . In the midst of the controversy, he disappeared from social media entirely – wiping his Instagram and YouTube channel of all content.


That was until late last year, when [he] reappeared with a bizarre post that many claim was an attempt to rebrand himself as a new person, Troy Becker: someone with a different age, job, and identity.