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Masked Vigilante Group on TikTok Can Uncover a Troll’s Identity in 7 to 8 Clicks; Nicki Minaj and Husband Kenneth Petty Offered $500,000 to His Sexual Assault Victim to Drop Her Allegations; Roger Federer Will Not Compete in the US Open Due to Knee Surgery; Olivia Culpo Takes a Shot at JetBlue After Her Dog Is Banned From Flight; SC Man Wins the Lottery Twice in Eleven Days


A Masked Vigilante Group on TikTok Says They Can Uncover a Troll’s Identity in 7 to 8 Clicks

A vigilante organization on TikTok claims to be scanning the platform for trolls and exposing their names in short clips to their parents and coworkers.

The group is known as the Great Londini, and its logo is a mask with sunken, pitch-black eyes and a gaping, Joker-like smile. The group maintains a website, a Twitter account, and a YouTube channel, showcasing what it claims to be capable of. Additionally, it has 2.3 million followers on TikTok, which serves as the primary platform for its exposés.

In one instance, the Great Londini outs a guy it claims is a lawyer for advising a young cop to “eat (his) gun.”

“Would you hire a lawyer that made this comment about a police officer? Neither would we. So what should we do? We say – stupid game, stupid prize.”

In an interview with the BBC, a man named Leo spoke on behalf of the gang. He added that he was merely the “face” of a group of volunteers with cyber-security and military experience seeking to be known collectively by a single name. The organization claims that their collective expertise enables them to discover someone’s true identity – regardless of whether they use an anonymous account name – in seven to eight clicks.

The BBC reports that Leo spoke to the news organization from a place in the United States. He identified himself as an “anti-troll” and stated that he assisted TikTok with content moderation by reporting abusive trolls and emailing the group “every piece of information” the organization unearths.

However, TikTok disapproves of Londini. According to Leo, the app erased nine accounts related to the username Great Londini. Additionally, the app suspended the tenth (and current) account many times for allegations of online harassment and abuse, which the group disputes.

TikTok did not react immediately to an Insider request for comment on its content filtering rules. However, the video-sharing app stated in a study that it removed 62 million clips on its own during the first three months of 2021 due to violations of its user content restrictions. This represented fewer than 1% of all videos published to TikTok, according to the platform.

Additionally, TikTok stated in the same report that the United States was the most active market for video takedowns due to user content violations, with a total of 8,540,088 takedowns between January and March of this year.


Nicki Minaj and Husband Kenneth Petty Offered $500,000 to His Sexual Assault Victim to Drop Her Allegations, Says Lawsuit

The spouses Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty are being sued for harassment by a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her in 1994, with the victim alleging the duo attempted to coerce her into recanting her allegations.

Petty was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted rape of the victim, who was 16 at the time. The victim, who is now 43 years old, has filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York stating that the pair harassed and threatened her in an attempt to coerce her into retracting her allegation.

According to TMZ, the lawsuit states that after Petty was detained for failing to register as a sex offender in California last year, the victim and her family members began receiving emails from intermediaries for the couple.

Money was offered to the woman and her family in exchange for her recantation of the charges. According to the Lawsuit, $20,000 and then $500,000 were suggested at one time. Minaj also offered to send the victim’s daughter a 16th birthday video “as a bonus.”

According to court documents, Minaj called the victim last year and offered her and her family to visit Los Angeles to “help her out.” Additionally, the artist promised to have her publicist create a statement retracting her story.

The victim stated that she refused to accept any of these inducements. Following that, she and her family members suffered an “onslaught of harassing calls and unsolicited visits” from individuals she suspected were connected to the pair.

According to the lawsuit, the victim stated, “I need you to know woman to woman, that this happened.”

According to court documents, the woman is “living in isolation out of fear of retaliation.” She has been unable to work since May 2020 as a result of “severe depression, paranoia, constant moving, harassment and threats from the defendants and their associates.”

According to court documents, the victim claims she was raped at knifepoint by Petty in 1994 while walking to school. The woman stated that she recognized Petty from the area and directed her to a residence around the corner, where he assaulted her. According to The New York Times, the victim claimed she endured harassment and retaliation during the case’s prosecution.

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty have been dating since 2018, and the two have an 11-month-old baby together.


Tennis Star Roger Federer Will Not Compete in the US Open Due to Upcoming Knee Surgery

The Swiss tennis star Roger Federer confirmed on Sunday that he will not compete in the US Open. He has pulled out of several high-profile tournaments recently, including the French Open and the Tokyo Olympics. He said in a video message that he would be out of action for “several months” owing to imminent knee surgery.

“Hey everybody, it’s Roger here. I hope you are doing well. Listen, I just wanted to update you or give you a bit of an update on what’s been going on since Wimbledon,” he said. “As you can imagine, it’s not been simple.”

“I’ve been doing a lot of checks with doctors as well on my knee,” said Federer, 40, adding that for the long-term health of his knee, he will need to have another surgery after previously undergoing two surgeries to his right knee in early 2020.”

“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and then also out of the game for many months, so it’s going to be difficult, of course in some ways, but at the same time, I know it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running around later as well again,” he continued.

While it will be challenging, Federer stated that he intends to return to the court once he heals from surgery.

“I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form. I am realistic, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I know how difficult it is at this age right now to do another surgery and try it.”

Federer concluded the speech by thanking his supporters for their support over the years.

“You always think of me; some of you suffer with me, some of you just wish me the best and want to see me on the court or see me smile,” he said. “I am doing okay, so I appreciate that. I’ll update you as I move along with my rehab. I wish you all the best, and I’ll check in with you soon.”

The US Open commented on the post, “Wishing you a speedy recovery! 💙💛.”

The 20-time Grand Slam winner last played on the court in July when he became the oldest male athlete in the modern Open to make it to the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Federer declared in June of last year that he would withdraw from the remainder of the 2020 season, then he returned in March. The US Open gets underway on August 30.


Olivia Culpo Takes a Shot at JetBlue After Her Dog Is Banned From Flight

Swimsuit model and former Miss USA Olivia Culpo detailed her traumatic experience with JetBlue on Friday after her dog was denied boarding.

Culpo shared an emotional series of photographs and videos on her Instagram Story following her dog’s denial of access to her flight. The 29-year-old stated that she was returning home to see her parents, who had both contracted COVID-19.

Culpo appeared to be in a good mood as she captioned a mirror picture taken inside her home, which included her and her small dog Oliver next to her suitcase.

“Hard to believe, but we’re headed back to the airport today,” Culpo captioned the pic.

Things took a turn for the worst when the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model shared another selfie, this time with tears streaming down her face while standing in the airport.

“When both your parents have COVID, and you’re trying to get home to help them, but suddenly your dog who was already pre-approved is not allowed to fly with you. I have never wanted to be this person, and I have always been the hugest @jetblue fan, but I am just soooo so so upset right now. He has flown on this airline so many times, and it’s never been an issue,” Culpo wrote.

Later that month, the former Miss USA tweeted two throwback images of her dog on two separate JetBlue flights.

“On another JetBlue flight that month….I just really don’t get it,” she captioned the pup’s second photo. Culpo even recorded herself speaking to her camera phone. Her face was dripping with tears.

“I’m feeling a little bit more calm. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a crying escapade at the airport, but it’s just the worst experience ever. And I just want to be able to go home,” she said, shaking her head in disapproval. “I used to be such a big Jet Blue fan. So was Oliver. He’s flown so many times on that airline.”

The airline did not explain in a statement to Fox Business on Saturday why Culpo’s dog was banned but speculated it could have been due to the dog not being a trained service animal.


South Carolina Man Wins the Lottery Twice in Eleven Days

The lucky winner from Grand Strand, South Carolina, won $40,000 and then $3 million in lottery winnings within eleven days.

According to the South Carolina Education Lottery, the man purchased the two Mega Millions Quick Pick tickets on July 16 and July 27 at a Murphy USA gas station in Myrtle Beach.

The new millionaire was shopping at a neighboring Walmart and then stopped by Murphy USA gas station to refill and play the lottery.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated: “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. My family was taken aback when I informed them of the news.”

In both instances, he came up with just one number short of the jackpot. Nonetheless, he walked away with a large sum of money.

“The odds of winning $40,000 playing Mega Millions are 1 in 931,001, and the odds of winning $3 million are around 1 in 13 million,” the South Carolina Education Lottery stated.

According to the report, the store that sold the tickets earned a total of $30,400 in commissions.

The news comes on the heels of another man in North Carolina winning the lotto twice in two weeks. He had surpassed those odds of victory far more swiftly than one might believe.

Henry Harvey II of Spring Lake won $5,000 recently on a scratch-off ticket purchased at the Circle K in Hope Mills, according to WRAL. Because that lottery outlet appeared to work for him the first time, he decided to try his luck again a few weeks later with another ticket. And it paid off when he won a $100,000 bigger prize from a $25 Extreme Cash ticket.

In April, Gloria Walls and Gary Daniel of Clover, North Carolina, won a $1 million top prize in the Jumbo Bucks scratch-off game, just two months after winning $500 playing the lottery.

“We believed we had struck gold at the time,” Walls stated in a press release.