The next big TikTok stars are people who don't exist

A kind of creepy trend has storytelling TikTokers polarized. People are inventing backstories for fictional characters for fun. It may sound harmless, but the trouble is they're recording strangers to portray these characters without their consent. It may sound harmless, but the trouble is they're recording strangers to portray these characters without their consent. Dubbed as "fake humans" or "fake people" on TikTok, these profiles have become widely popular but are not without detractors. This viral trend sees TikTokers creating character profiles for total strangers that they film without consent. A typical post features footage of the stranger walking about in public. Users then overlay text that includes a fictional name, age and backstory. One user commented, "Does no one find it weird that they're just being filmed? Like all these people are being recorded unbeknownst to them" . A TikTok dedicated to the "fake people of Chapel Hill" had a video with over 1.1 million views. A TikTok dedicated to the "fake people of Chapel Hill" had a video with over 1.1 million views. "It's suddenly become my worst fear to show up in one of these now," someone commented. "New irrational fear unlocked, someone doing this trend on me," another said

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