Social media stars who disappeared and what happened to them – including jail

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Before the days of TikTok, video-sharing apps such as Vine and YouTube took the lead converting normal teens into celebrities.

While we mostly remember the influencers who have gone on to bigger careers beyond those platforms, such as Gabbie Hannah or Liza Koshy and David Dobrik, there are many stars out there who fell off the radar.

Recently, the internet mourned the death of beloved Vine star Adam Perkins, who became famous for becoming the 'Welcome to Chilli's' meme.

But what happened to the stars who are still alive that have disappeared from our phone screens? We looked them up to find out.

Tasia Alexis Hussey

Tasia Alexis Hussey was a huge star on Vine and is now a growing influencer on TikTok – but there is a huge gap in her online career where she went missing from the internet.

The now 22-year-old star had almost 3 million followers on the now discontinued app and was one of the sites biggest creators, which made it odd for her to have been gone for so long.

However, the now TikTok star revealed to her 1.3 million followers that she was actually in prison during that time.

According to the Newton County Jail Log, Tasia went to prison on February 9th 2019 and was charged with “forgery and possession of methamphetamine”.

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Michael Steen is a YouTuber and Instagram influencer who first gained popularity on Vine – but he is now behind bars.

The 27-year-old – who is known for his skits with various characters and voices – was sentenced to 12 years and four months in federal prison in September last year.

He was convicted of supplying illicit drugs to a 33-year-old woman that later led to a fatal overdose.

Steen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. His girlfriend, Racquel Ramcharan, 23, pleaded guilty to possession of a mixture of drugs including fentanyl with intent to distribute.

She was sentenced May 6 to credit for time served on three years probation, The Star-News reports.

Steen sold 25 pills containing fentanyl for $650 to an undercover drug agent in Steen’s Mercedes Benz in a parking lot during the investigation, records say.

Marina Joyce

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YouTuber, Marina Joyce was allegedly missing for 10 days in 2019, almost three years after her fans raised the alarm to London police over bizarre behaviour in her YouTube vidoes.

In 2016, ans tweeting with the hashtag #SaveMarinaJoyce speculated that Joyce was being held captive as they claimed she appeared nervous in videos and had some minor bruising on her wrists.

However, it was later confirmed that she was completely fine and it wasn't until 2019 when she actually disappeared.

The star who had almost 2 million YouTube subscribers was missing for 10 days in August 2019 but within hours of the incident being reported to the police, her boyfriend tweeted: "Everything is being dealt with in a professional manner. Please don't worry about her as she is safe and well (you have my word for that)."

Austin Jones

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Austin Jones was a former musician who was active as a YouTuber between 2007 and 2017, accumulating around 540,000 subscribers and over 20 million video views.

However, just as his career seemed to be reaching it's peak, a video surfaced of the 28-year-old taking advantage of his massive fan base of underage girls by asking minors to 'twerk' for him during a video call.

The sick man later confessed to the allegations but denied any nudity was involved in an apology video he posted titled 'Setting the record straight' in 2015.

Two years later, a United States Magistrate Judge signed a search warrant for Jones' residence in Bloomingdale, Illinois – he was arrested the same day.

On May 3, 2019, Jones was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.

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