TikTok rival Triller didn’t pay Black creators on time (or in some cases) despite aggressive solicitation and contractual pay agreements — leaving content in breach, according to one Washington Post investigation Published Wednesday.
“This program was meant to make us financially free and empower black people,” said David Warren, one of the creators who participated in Triller’s program. “They told us a lot was going to happen to us… We were made to look like fools,” he said.
Content creators told Vapo that they faced financial issues, including falling behind on bills and moving apartments while waiting to be paid for content the company had created.
The outlet said it spoke with “more than two dozen creators, talent managers and former employees of the company,” many of whom did not wish to be named.
(Wapo said that when it reported this story and as it went to press, creators began to receive some payments as well as requests to sign a confidentiality agreement.)
According to the report, Triller was founded in 2015 as a video editing app. It became more visible as an alternative to TikTok after privacy issues arose and quickly took its place on the popular app as a major rival.
Case in point: In August 2020, Triller released a Press release Judging by its app download spot, that “puts Triller ahead of Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat, and every other app,” 29 per refineryAnd continued to criticize TikTok in particular.
Then, as Wapo said, the triller saw the beginning of a sort: the disappointment of Black creators with TikTok.
These include not receiving credit or compensation for viral dance trends and being sidelined by algorithmic or content moderation policies, as well as a Poorly Performing Black History Month Event In February, according to NBC News.
triller Announced a schedule in November 2021 To give $2,000 a month in cash and $2,000 a month in company equity to 300 Black creators, according to WaPo.
The stock was a major reason collab Cribb, a black influencer house in Atlanta, signed a sponsorship deal with Triller, cofounder Keith Dorsey told the outlet.
“It wasn’t just the money,” Dorsey told Wapo. “Suffice to say, I have stock in this company, I have invested in this company from a corporate level, it’s a game changer.”
But Triller didn’t deliver on its promises, the creators told the Washington Post.
Triller did not respond immediately of entrepreneur Comment request. Triller CEO Mahi de Silva told Wapo that “the program has met its financial commitments to creators and will continue to do so.”
“We are particularly proud of our role in creating a platform that celebrates Black creator content,” De Silva added in the outlet. “No other medium has done as much as Triller has done for this often overlooked and underrepresented part of the producer economy.”
As of July, Warren said he had not received payment for “months” of Triller’s work.
He had to go into his savings, move from his one-bedroom apartment to one with a roommate, lag behind on his phone and car bills, and end up working a full-time security guard job, he told Lorenz.
The story added that Triller’s contracts with creators were also intense, requiring eight Triller videos a month, cross-posting to other platforms, and careful documentation of each post or story.
And according to investigation, there was not much wiggle room.
Another producer, Niccol Cagnolatti, told Vapo that he asked for an extension on an Instagram post because he had just posted about a GoFundMe for his cousin’s funeral and that he was not immediately promoting Triller on his account. wanted to do
Triller said he had to do so or was in danger of being dropped from the program.
In May, according to emails reviewed by Vapo, the company claimed it couldn’t pay the contracts because it was going public — which it plans to do by the fall.
“They were super pushy about us and our deliverables, but when it came time for payment, they exceeded the deadline and violated their own contract. Hypocrisy,” William Horn, another content creator, told Wapo. .