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The internet remains a wild and mysterious place, with no telling what kind of content might go viral on any given day.
Today, I am introducing you to a viral phenomenon that certainly wasn't on my 2022 bingo card: "consensual doxxing."
Ready to learn about being doxxed (with permission)? Then let's dive in.
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1. Meet a TikToker who's gone viral for her "consensual doxxing" content. Typically, being doxxed - having private, identifying information about you shared - isn't something people seek out. But one TikToker has garnered hundreds of thousands of followers who want her to expose their secrets.
Kristen, a 32-year-old server in Chicago, is best known for her TikTok account, @NotKahnJunior. Kristen uses her platform to "consensually dox" users and reveal their birthdays using just social media - and has become a data-privacy educator by proxy.
Kristen said she uses information that users or their friends or family have provided on social-media profiles to figure out when their birthday is - and found that family members expose people more than anything else.
Users are often shocked by how easy it is for her to find out their information, Kristen said. Since she started snooping on people's profiles, she's been able to use her account to teach people which parts of their social media have cracks and what they can do to lock down their profiles better.
How one TikToker has become a consensual doxxer.
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