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Many Staples students were worried as pop-up buttons that read “Stop the TikTok Ban!” showed up on their phones a few days ago, an effort made by Bytedance, the company that owns Tiktok, to kill the bill dubbed the “Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Act.” The bill has potential to ban TikTok in the U.S.,  as the legislation made its way through the House this past week and now finds itself trying to slug through the Senate.

BREAKING NEWS: “TikTok Ban” Bill soars through the House

Nina Bowens '25, On The Wreckord Producer March 15, 2024

After a 352-65 vote this past Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a new bill that would grant the President the ability to deem social media apps under control of foreign contenders, such as...

The emergence of post high school plan Instagram accounts has heightened stress among students and proved to be unproductive. Although intending to be positive, it fosters competition.

‘Post high school plan’ Instagram pages prove unproductive, generate competition

Jolie Gefen ’24, Web Managing Editor March 12, 2024

After months of waiting and excruciating anticipation, the moment finally comes to open the decision letter from your dream college. You open it, and there it is: the acceptance you have long awaited and...

More and more teenagers are turning to social media apps, such as Instagram, for information on world news and current events. However, 2-in-3 teenagers who get their news directly from news organizations say that doing so has helped them better understand current events.

“I saw it on Instagram:” un-tinting my window to the world

Mia Bomback ’25, Paper Features Editor February 16, 2024

A few weeks ago, I made the reluctant first step towards a positive self-image: I opted for a sort of “digital detox,” and bid farewell to the toxic wasteland of jealousy that thrives on Instagram....

While TikTok has moved to block the search of “chicken nyquil” and “nyquil chicken” on its website, other keywords used to bypass the measure, such as “nyquil chinchin” are still automatically recommended by the company’s algorithm and display the same content.

Students react to rise in hazardous TikTok challenges

Henry Watson, Paper News Editor May 18, 2023

Imagine you’re on TikTok, scrolling through an endless amount of short videos, favoriting the ones you find entertaining and texting your friends witty clips--all as you let the hours quickly pass you...

TikTok is on the verge of a ban, as can be seen during last week’s meeting with Congress. Some members of congress are concerned about what information China is getting and how they might use it.

Staples community divides over potential Tik Tok ban

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer April 2, 2023

The CEO of Tik Tok, Shou Zi Chew, testified in front of Congress regarding the potential banning of the app on March 23. The hearing was streamed live on multiple sources as numerous representatives questioned...

There is a potential tik tok ban on all devices following many debates over the security of U.S. government data. A bill has been introduced and evaluated following these debates.

TikTok bill enforced to protect the security of the U.S. government, U.S. technology

Olivia Signorile '25, Staff Writer March 28, 2023

While the government issued a technology ban on government devices, some lawmakers want TikTok banned entirely in the United States. Republicans introduced the bill, which provides President Biden the...

Proposed Connecticut legislation would require parental consent for social media users under the age of 16 to sign up for popular social media platforms, including but not limited to, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok.

Proposed Connecticut legislature requires parental permission for young social media users

Mia Bomback ’25, Paper News Editor March 2, 2023

Proposed Connecticut legislation would require children under the age of 16 to have parental consent to sign up for social media platforms. This would amend previous legislation that required parental...

The large community of TikTok that discusses and recommends books is commonly called “BookTok.” The hashtag “#BookTok” has over 93 billion views across the app.

BookTok praises few books, proves dangerous for most authors

Alex Gaines ’25, Paper Arts Editor December 13, 2022

In English class earlier this year, my teacher asked that we all bring in as an independent reading book to read during our free time in class. The next day, when he asked us all to share which books we...

Youth struggles with Kanye West’s recent anti-semitism

Youth struggles with Kanye West’s recent anti-semitism

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer December 6, 2022

Kanye West has recently been banned from Twitter and Instagram following anti-black and antisemitic remarks he made over the past few months. Additionally, Adidas announced that they would end their partnership...

Gas has become another commonly seen social media app on teenagers phones. At Staples currently, the user population is growing daily.

Gas app gains popularity at Staples

Rylie Cordella ’25, Staff Writer November 21, 2022

Social media is known to cause feelings of inadequacy in one's life or self. You’ve heard it on the news – the negative impacts it has on the developing mind, the FOMO it gives to people leaving them...

BeReal has sparked controversy among social media users.

BeReal takes internet by storm with attempt at authenticity, casual social media

Toby Goldfarb ’23, Web Managing Editor November 7, 2022

BeReal, a relatively new social media app, has recently captured the attention of many social media fanatics. With a recent valuation of $600 million, the app sends all users a notification at a different...

Social media platforms, like TikTok and Pinterest, promote creative and unique costume ideas for Halloween.

Social media produces original Halloween costume ideas

Paige Tighe ’24, Editor in Chief October 17, 2022

It is officially the season of pumpkin spice lattes, scary movies and uggs, meaning Halloween is just around the corner.  The pressure of finding the perfect costume is on, and Spirit Halloween props...

Mia Bomback ’25 became one of ten million BeReal users a month ago.

BeReal: Instagram’s effortless, relatable twin sibling

Mia Bomback ’25, Paper News Editor October 7, 2022

Four weeks ago, I uploaded my first BeReal. I had heard murmurs about the new social media platform all summer and finally decided to try the app myself. After all, the concept HAD piqued my interest:...

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