April 13, 2023

Friend or Fraud: An Entire TikTok Following Gets Manipulated

Friend or Fraud: An Entire TikTok Following Gets Manipulated

Social media has its perks. Through it, we can reconnect, keep in touch, and even meet new friends. The downfall? Behind the mask of a keyboard, we can be whoever we want to be - and so the new friends you meet might not be who they say they are.

This was the case for our two guests today and another 170,000 people who followed a prominent figure in the TikTok healthcare community to get information during the peak of COVID. But when his facade began to unfold, thousands realized they'd been lied to - and that's on a macro-level. Our guests today share just how far this person's manipulation and control could go, impacting their lives individually in ways that will shock you.

Today's guests, Meredith and Stephanie, share their stories of making friends with a fraud, the hurt that transpired, and the healing they've encountered since.

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Disclaimer: Like a therapeutic setting, this podcast is designed to be place where people can share their beliefs openly. The opinions of each guest may not align with those of the host.