♫ SXSW Music, TikTok Updates, and More


Today, as Congress and President Joe Biden are considering a potential ban on TikTok, TikTok’s CEO Shou Chew testified in favor of the app’s safety and security, proposing a plan called “Project Texas” designed to protect U.S. data.

The congressional hearing focused on politicians’ concerns regarding TikTok’s data privacy, whether it is connected to the Chinese Communist Party, and risks for children using the platform. You can see our live tweets about the hearing here, and we will have more stories to come about the hearing upcoming this week.

For now, we’re wrapping up our coverage of SXSW this week, and today’s newsletter is music-themed. We have three profiles to share of musicians who all have very different approaches to social media. 

First, hear from viral rapper bbno$ about how he is a “product of the internet” and a “gamer at heart.” Then, explore the story of Hailey Blais, a veteran of YouTube’s vlogging era who chose to step away from the platform. Then hear from Japanese artist Haru Nemuri, an anarcha-feminist with a penchant for detailed storytelling online.


Bbno$ is a product of the internet

Filming yourself has never been easier

Meet SwitchPod: the minimal, versatile handheld tripod. SwitchPod works with any camera, from a phone to a DSLR, and simplifies video making for creators. Lightweight and nearly indestructible, the mini tripod makes it easy to travel to awesome locations for the ultimate photo or video shoots.



Lessons in internet authenticity with Haley Blais

Indie-pop auteur Haley Blais could be considered a veteran of the vlog generation.

By Laiken Neumann, Passionfruit Contributor


Haru Nemuri’s social media presence is part diary entry, part passionate manifesto

The poetry rapper meticulously details the intent behind her music for her global audience.

By Grace Stanley, Newsletter Editor



Content for Creators.

News, tips, and tricks delivered to your inbox twice a week.

Newsletter Signup

Latest Newsletters

  • Creators, Please Don’t Only Hire Your Friends

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #214 | Feb. 22, 2024 – Grace Stanley, Deputy Editor PLATFORMS YouTube Is America’s #1 Streamer. What Happens Next? Hollywood is having trouble distinguishing between “creators” and “creatives.” By Lon Harris, Passionfruit Contributor → READ THE FULL STORY SPONSORED Udemy’s flash sale ends at midnight PT tonight! Get steep discounts across their entire…

  • Sorry Not Sorry: The Mislabeled Trope of the YouTube Apology

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #213 | February 20, 2024 THE COMMENTS SECTION “Y’all, we need to put together a YouTuber apology/response video bingo.” – Drew Grant, Editorial Director CULTURE The Streamer Awards Made Me Feel Too Old for Twitch There were so many faces and moments that I didn’t recognize at all. By Steven Asarch, Passionfruit…

  • Is This the New IMDb for Creators?

    CREATOR NEWSLETTER Issue #212 | February 15, 2024 THE COMMENTS SECTION “The way we work has changed. It’s become much more creative and collaborative. At Mosaic we’re convinced that a more effective method could be developed for individuals to document project-based work and highlight their achievements, with authenticity at its core.” – Grace Stanley, Deputy…