Members of Ireland’s first TikTok house have said they are not breaking coronavirus regulations after being questioned online.
10 influencers have come together in a house in South Dublin to create content for social media platform TikTok.
The idea which has become normal worldwide is a first for Ireland with the ‘GOAT house’ attracting a lot of online attention.
Many questioned how 10 strangers can come together with Covid regulations but they insist as they are now one household it is allowed.
Answering a question on Instagram one of the members also said they were tested for the virus before entering.
Radio DJ Marty Guilfoyle has already left the mansion after coming in for “horrible” online abuse over the project.
In a statement he said: “The project sounded like a bit of fun, but if it went well it could have a huge impact in my work. There’s still lots of room for innovation around TikTok, so even if it came to nothing at least I’d get to meet some like-minded people in that space.
“When I signed on I had no idea who was going to be in the house with me, and I took a leap of faith. Fast forward three days and suddenly I’m the number one trending topic in the country, which absolutely wild to me – it’s a content collaboration project, and it’s not like there’s nothing else going on in the world.
“Maybe you think it’s stupid. Fine. Maybe you think I’m stupid. Fine. I can take a slagging as well as the next guy.
“But what’s really upset me are suggestions that signing on for a work project with a group of adults was somehow weird or even predatory.
“Like I said, I can take a slagging, but not everyone can, and especially not to this extent. At this stage, my concern is that it might start to affect other people involved, so I have left the house and no longer have any connection to the project.
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“I wish everyone there the best of luck, I hope they have an amazing time, and I can’t wait to see what comes out of the collaboration.”