Jake Paul and Lele Pons are asking fans to text them but people are skeptical
28 August 2019, 14:40
You can now allegedly text Jake Paul and Lele Pons "directly"... but you have to sign over your personal information first.
Influencers such as Jake Paul and LeLe Pons have been sharing what they claim are their phone numbers online and urging fans to text them - but people are confused as to whether it’s genuine or not.
Jake and Lele have both shared phone numbers to their social media pages recently, with Lele also making a video called ‘MY NEW NUMBER!!!’ where she asks fans to get in touch and shows her replying to some messages she’s received. But fans are skeptical as they say they’re being asked to give away personal info when they text the numbers.
Texts seem to come from a company called Community which aims to connect fans with famous people. When you text the number, you seem to get an automated response, which asks fans to click on a link and enter their personal details, including their name, gender, birthday and location.
After you’ve signed up to the service by entering your details, you’re then supposed to be able to text the influencer that’s using the service. But instead of a conversation, it seems you then just get a series of automated messages written as though they’re actually from the influencer in real-time. The jury’s out on whether anyone is receiving genuine replies from anyone using the service at all.
Community’s website reads: "We’ve built Community to enable more meaningful conversations, and we give Community Leaders the tools to respond directly to you," its website touts. "Whether a message comes directly from them or from their team, the connection is 100% real."
It’s not sure what the influencers signed up to this service are getting exactly, whether they’re being paid for it, or it’s just another way to market their videos and merch.
But the company website claims that it does not "send you advertisements or sell your personal information."
"In order for Community Leaders to message you directly, they need your basic info,” it adds. "This way, they can send you messages you actually care about, like info about an event in your city, or a happy birthday video."
Fans hoping for a genuine text from their fave YouTuber may be disappointed, but some fans are still hoping for a real reply.
I think you have iMessage off— Dan 👻 (@DanHereX) August 27, 2019
I texted you and you asked me how was my day three times in a row last saturday— Brandon Lefebvre (@BrandonLefebv15) August 27, 2019
Lele I know u cant respond to all of us at once but can you post that it will take time to answer because my friends don't believe me— Sebas@2024 (@Sebas20241) August 27, 2019
It seems like they might be waiting a while…