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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Andrew here. Welcome to today’s edition of web_crawlr

I hope you had a good weekend! We’re kicking off our week with a “One Dumb Conspiracy” column from our Tech Reporter Mikael

Besides that, we’ve got some key reports on: Whether or not Twitter’s new policies will ban the Santa tracker on Christmas Eve, how White Lotus sounds are taking over TikTok, artists being fed up with AI image generators, and how a disinformation campaign is threatening Pakistan’s trans community

See you tomorrow! 

— A.W. 

⚡ Today’s top stories

Will Elon Musk suspend NORAD for tracking Santa on Christmas Eve?

It’s not clear if new rules apply to NORAD or just people who track Musk and his rich buddies.


‘Do you know these gays?’: ‘The White Lotus’ season 2 took over TikTok

The many sounds of White Lotus dominated TikTok.


Artists fed up with AI-image generators use Mickey Mouse to goad copyright lawsuits

Artists are pushing back on imagery generated by artificial intelligence (AI) by using the technology to create content containing copyrighted Disney characters.


Disinformation campaign threatens rights of Pakistan’s trans community

The gains the Khwaja Sira made could soon be washed away.


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🕸️ Crawling the web

Here is what else is happening across the ‘net.

💼 A TikToker sparked a discussion about feeling lost in the workplace after posting a video revealing that he still has no clue what he is doing 4 months into his job.

☕ When it comes to coffee orders, some are very particular.

🐦 From our friends at Passionfruit, the Daily Dot’s creator economy newsletter: “Twitter isn’t dead: What happened to platforms hailed as the alternative?” 

✨ It’s easier than ever to gift the magic of Disney. Here’s everything you need to know about the all-new Disney+ gift subscriptions.

🍔 A woman’s video where she claims a Wendy’s manager accused her of lying about her burger being raw in the middle has drawn over 600,000 views on TikTok.

🎁 A corporate worker shared what he considers “red flag” Christmas gifts that companies often give to their workers.

🌐 From the Daily Dot archive: These students are ditching college to run an NFT business.

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👋 Before you go

In a series of viral videos, TikTok user Claudia (@quantum.jedi) shared that her water from Costco smelled like wet dog and asked if other users had the same issue. Some users agreed, causing alarm in the comments section. 

What’s going on @costco? The [smell] burns your nose,” Claudia writes in the caption.

man smelling Costco water (l) Costco building with sign and parking lot (c) man turning head away from bottle of Costco water (r)
Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock @quantum.jedi/TikTok (Licensed)

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*First Published: Dec 19, 2022, 11:00 am CST

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is the newsletter editor at the Daily Dot. He previously served as the deputy tech editor. Andrew has written for USA Today,, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

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