A 19-year-old TikTok influencer whose education agency made six figures in just six months by teaching people how to write articles has admitted plagiarism.
Brooke Lim, known online as @tweetShe has more than 183,000 followers on the video-sharing app, which helped her start a classic club.
The agency appeared to be a fruitful business, making six figures in the last six months of 2022 alone and having a waiting list of 150 people, according to Strait Times who posted an article about Brooke’s agency earlier this month.
But TikTok account @tweet Brooke, from Singapore, was accused this week of plagiarizing her since-removed article, Fear of Eating, about her experience with an eating disorder that was published on her blog, Grayscale Copy.
Brooke Lim, a 19-year-old TikTok influencer who runs a Classic Club in Singapore, has admitted to plagiarizing a personal article about her experience with an eating disorder.
But the TikToksugaresqueessay account this week accused Brooke, from Singapore, of plagiarizing her article, about fear of eating.
The article was posted on Brooke’s blog on April 18, from the inside mentioned.
The account shared a series of videos and Google Doc He elaborates on their allegations, adding, “Over 70% of the original article is not her original work.”
In the first 15-second video, an “Open Letter to Brooke” plays.
I understand that you may have suffered from an eating disorder… but taking experiences from a fictional book and making them sound like your own experiences/words without revealing to your humble readers and disciples that this isn’t quite your material is way too crazy for you. I and I can’t believe I was so impressed with your work ethic.”
I sympathize (sic) with your struggles and really hope you can recover one day but this very misleading article is another problem entirely from your turmoil, suffice it to say I was very sad and confused as to why you saw the need to copy multiple parts of the same book and not adopt it as material Source as you did with the quotes and other references scattered throughout the rest of your article.
The author of the letter says they hope Brock will take “some responsibility” and not just sweep the allegations “under the rug”.
Some of the works sugarsqueessay Brooke has been accused of plagiarizing include Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and Susan Burton’s The Way I Ate for The New Yorker.
The similarities between the article and the Girls of Winter are detailed in a second TikTok video on the account.
Since then, Brooke’s blog has been password protected and not accessible to the public.
Some clips from Wintergirls are highlighted compared to Brooke’s blog post
Another screenshot shows a second clip that Brooke plagiarized, according to the anonymous TikTok account
In response to the allegations, Brooke posted a clip saying, “I want to release a statement about a long article that has been made public in which I made the very unfortunate and grave mistake of plagiarism.
And for this I am so sorry for my students, I reached out to them one by one to apologize.
I am so sorry to my followers, anyone who has supported me in one way or another, and to the authors of the books I stole from, I really should have given due credit and explained that these were words that resonated very deeply with me.
I should have been more careful throughout the process of drafting the essay, rather than reaching for my previous compilation of thoughts and ideas I gleaned from previous authors.
“I should have done my due diligence and will be more careful in the future.”
Brock went on to clarify that the article in question was not “not-for-profit” or used for any college admissions.
She added that she wishes she could “turn back time” and has deleted the article from her blog.
Brooke, known online as @sugaresque, has more than 183,000 followers on the video-sharing app
Brooke also urged people to leave any further recommendations on how to “make things right”.
The TikTok influencer said the article had “nothing to do” with her agency and that the controversy surrounding it would not affect her students.
She addressed further allegations that the Classic Club had plagiarized her claims, claiming they were “untrue” and providing another video debunking the accusations.
a Change.org The petition started by Brianna Lee called on UCLA to investigate Brock’s admissions essay.
She said Brooke had sought to “bolster her professional credibility as a writer through her plagiarized (sic) essay by self-promoting her personal brand, and failing to take any accountability for her actions.”
At the time of writing, only 815 people have signed the petition.
According to Insider, Brooke was a student at the prestigious Raffles Institute in Singapore.