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After Six Days, Nas Daily Is Still Losing Thousands of Followers

662,600 people have unfollowed Nas Daily since August 2. 
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On August 6, vlogger Nuseir Yassin aka Nas Daily lost a quarter-million followers on Facebook, following outrage over his alleged exploitation of the Philippines’ living cultural treasure, the 103-year-old Apo Whang-Od, the last mambabatok

Three days later, Nas Daily is still losing a lot of followers. According to CrowdTangle, a public insights tool by Facebook, Nas Daily has lost 662,600 followers on his main Facebook page, or 3.158 percent of his more than 20 million followers, from August 2 to August 9. 

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On the other hand, his other page, Nas Daily Tagalog, has gained 18,600 followers from August 2 to August 9. 

The significant drop in his number of followers is largely seen as the consequence of Filipino backlash against the popular vlogger. 

Nas Daily: ‘It’s My Turn to Speak’

On Monday morning (August 9), Nas Daily uploaded a new video with the caption, “It’s my turn to speak,” in which he called out criticisms toward him as “fake news.”

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But he also used the video to remind Filipinos of his good deeds. 

“While there was a natural disaster, we started a fundraiser and donated tens of thousands of dollars. And when there was a war, we went to the warzone to show you inspiring stories from the Philippines in Marawi city. 

In the video, Nas Daily also addressed accusations of “Pinoy baiting,” the practice of foreigners associating content with the Philippines or Filipinos for more views. 

“There is no clickbaiting here. There is no ‘put Philippines’ in the title crap. This is us on the ground doing the work to show you the bright side of the Philippines.”

Nas Daily also reminded Filipinos of how he helped "show the bright side of the Philippines to the world." 

“We showed the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, and together, we told the story of the Philippines. And we didn’t only do it once. I came back to visit again. One year later, I came back to the Philippines to start a company. That’s how much I liked it. We worked on an app and launched it in Manila together. After that, we continued to show the bright side of the Philippines to the world,” said Nas Daily. 

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Filipinos Need No Validation From Foreigners

On August 7, Filipino vlogger Jack Logan called on Filipinos to come together and shine a light on the Philippines without validation or help from foreigners. 

“I call on my Filipino friends, vloggers, artists, and people in power: It’s time to come together and put the Philippines on a bigger stage without waiting for someone to notice us,” says Jack Logan. 

“We are not perfect, but if we work together, only good things will happen.”

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