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TikTok has become incredibly popular among American teenagers, yet many still view it as a threat to security, including the United States Senate.

BREAKING NEWS: TikTok ban bill is officially made law, will take effect next year

Jack Robinson, Editor April 25, 2024

The Senate passed the “21st Century Peace through Strength Act”--a bill that combines a $95 billion aid package to Ukraine and other nations as well as a ban on TikTok-- on April 24,  and it was signed...

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...

Girl dinner is fast, easy and simple which makes it accessible for a lot of people, but it is missing nutritional value, one of the key elements of a meal.

Girl Dinner: TikTok trends should not make me feel badly about my diet

Catie Campagnino ’26, Staff Writer September 22, 2023

Ever since late May of 2023, the TikTok trend “Girl Dinner” has taken the internet by storm. Girl Dinner is a TikTok trend where girls find whatever food they have lying around the house and just put...

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...

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...

The Corduroys practice one of their covers in the same room their viral video was recorded in.

Staples band catches the attention of millions

Maddie Bell ’23, Staff Writer December 24, 2022

Whimsical rainbow lights beam around the room, creating a bold contrast against the room’s dark atmosphere. Teenage girls are scattered everywhere, each next to their respective instrument. And of course,...

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...

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...

Satire image describing many viewers’ thoughts on the upcoming season of Disneys “Dancing with the Stars”

Graphic by Rachel Olefson ’25

‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiere leaves audiences with mixed reactions

Rachel Olefson ’25, Web News Editor September 29, 2022

The mirrorball trophy is back up for grabs, baby! Hit television show “Dancing with the Stars” is back and better than ever before… or so I thought.  In recent years, “Dancing with the Stars...

Creators on Tik Tok commonly use the app to showcase their talents and skills, in order to make it big. They promote their small businesses and budding careers by using hashtags to get their videos onto peoples’ For You Pages.

TikTok serves as imperative scout for discovering new songwriters, small businesses

Izzy Sareen ʼ22, Staff Writer May 3, 2022

In today’s day and age, everything seems to start with an online presence. To make it big in entertainment, it is crucial to have a large following on various forms of social media, with the newest imperative...

‘Define feminine, I’m feminine’ trend takes over TikTok to embrace women’s differences and challenge societal expectations.

‘Define feminine, I’m feminine’ TikTok trend portrays societal expectations of women, highlights women’s differences

Hannah Ratcliffe ’22, Web Arts Editor March 27, 2022

As I scroll through TikTok--a social media app meant for sharing fun, harmless videos--it’s hard not to notice the prevalent negative comments on girls’ videos. I brace myself each time I open the...

In January 2021, TikTok Star Jack Wright posted a Youtube Video entitled “what sienna mae did to me,” where he came forward with sexual assault allegations against her.

Wright, Gomez conflict reveals societal double standard between perception of male, female assault survivors 

Lea Rivel ’22, Social Media Director March 25, 2022

Jack Wright, an 18-year-old TikTok star, posted a YouTube video entitled “what sienna mae did to me” on Jan. 21, 2022. In this video, he discussed the history of his and fellow influencer Sienna Mae...

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