TikTok: Trump says he will ban Chinese video app in the US


High Tory
Mar 6, 2004
President Donald Trump has announced he is banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the US.

He told reporters he could sign an executive order as early as Saturday.

US security officials have expressed concern that the app, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, could be used to collect the personal data of Americans.

TikTok has denied accusations that it is controlled by or shares data with the Chinese government.

The fast-growing app has up to 80 million active monthly users in America and the ban would be a major blow for ByteDance.

"As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.


Executive Member
Apr 5, 2012
Image using TikTok with a 5G phone and a mask - instant communism!



Honorary Master
Jun 25, 2010
People are already reposting their TikToks on social media elsewhere. The idea is automatically adopted by other outlets like Facebook. It won't be a big loss to those participating therein, other than some thinking that they may lose their online celebrity statuses.

It is already banned in India.


Executive Member
Oct 23, 2006
where can we buy shares for companies like expressvpn, ipvanish etc?

Mystic Twilight

Expert Member
Dec 23, 2010
Ironically part of the founding history was starting off as an american company, that aside facebook, google, and twitter has far more personal data than a company offering the twitter equivalent for videos.
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Honorary Master
Apr 18, 2010
94 Days to the Election... 65 to 80 million TikTok users in the US.

No doubt this will especially endear Donnie to older GenZ voters, don'tcha think?

Also, some - actual - context for Donnie's motivation might be appropriate.


TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally

President Trump’s campaign promised huge crowds at his rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, but it failed to deliver. Hundreds of teenage TikTok users and K-pop fans say they’re at least partially responsible.

Brad Parscale, the chairman of Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign, posted on Twitter on Monday that the campaign had fielded more than a million ticket requests, but reporters at the event noted the attendance was lower than expected. The campaign also canceled planned events outside the rally for an anticipated overflow crowd that did not materialize.

Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, said protesters stopped supporters from entering the rally, held at the BOK Center, which has a 19,000-seat capacity.

But reporters present said there were few protests. According to a spokesman for the Tulsa Fire Department on Sunday, the fire marshal counted 6,200 scanned tickets of attendees. (That number would not include staff, media or those in box suites.)

TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music groups claimed to have registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Mr. Trump’s campaign rally as a prank. After the Trump campaign’s official account @TeamTrump posted a tweet asking supporters to register for free tickets using their phones on June 11, K-pop fan accounts began sharing the information with followers, encouraging them to register for the rally — and then not show.

The trend quickly spread on TikTok, where videos with millions of views instructed viewers to do the same, as CNN reported on Tuesday. “Oh no, I signed up for a Trump rally, and I can’t go,” one woman joked, along with a fake cough, in a TikTok posted on June 15.

Thousands of other users posted similar tweets and videos to TikTok that racked up millions of views. Representatives for TikTok did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“It spread mostly through Alt TikTok — we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism,” said the YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 26, who participated in the social media campaign. “K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.”

Many users deleted their posts after 24 to 48 hours in order to conceal their plan and keep it from spreading into the mainstream internet. “The majority of people who made them deleted them after the first day because we didn’t want the Trump campaign to catch wind,” Mr. Daniel said. “These kids are smart and they thought of everything.”

Twitter users on Saturday night were quick to declare the social media campaign’s victory. “Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok,” Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted in response to Mr. Parscale, who had tweeted that “radical protestors” had “interfered” with attendance.
Sarah Cooper:



Honorary Master
Apr 18, 2010
Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

I'mma unroll a twitter thread follow-up on that for y'all...

1/ Oh Donnie Donuts, you don’t understand what you have unleashed with this TikTok threat.
My boys are 11 (2x)
“Dad, did you know if you write to the Trump Campaign to volunteer they’ll send you boxes of stuff to hand out for free?”
“I didn’t know that how do YOU know that?”

2/ “This guy is gonna shut down TikTok cause we messed up his rally?”
“Well it’s a little more complicated than that.”
“Wait, how did you know about the free stuff for volunteering for his campaign?”
*They look at each other. I know that look*
“What did you do?”

3/ Quiet. They did something.
“Boys, what’s going on? What did you do?”
“Dad, don’t get mad.”
“You know how we all ordered those tickets for the Trump rally?”
“Uhh, yeah.”
They look at each other again.
“C’mon what?”

4/ “But dad it’s not fair. We are stuck inside and this is what we do.”
“Alright. Enough. What is going on?”
“If you sign up to be a volunteer in your neighborhood they send you boxes of stuff to hand out.”
“So everyone on TikTok is signing up to be a volunteer.”

5/ “Oh no. You guys volunteered, didn’t you?”
“Yes. We did. But...”
“But what?”
“We signed up 30x times...”
“So wait a second, we are getting 30 boxes of Trump stuff sent to our house?”

6/ “Yes. We did and yes we are getting 30 boxes of Trump stuff for free.”
“Boys, what’s in this box of stuff? C’mon guys. Your mother is going to kill you guys. What are we going to do with 30 boxes of Trump stuff?”
“So?” I demand.

“Burn it. Burn it to the ground.”

7/ I think my work is done here.
We are going to be ok.
The future is bright.
(30 boxes of this coming to the YS household this week for a nice bonfire).



Executive Member
Aug 30, 2006
Christ his childish videos are infiltrating other threads now ...... are you 12?
Half a million likes on those videos :O
It can mean one of two things:
1. Twitter is infested with 12-year-old girls, which may explain the juvenile conversation
2. A bulk of Twitter adults have the mental maturity of 12-year-old girls, which is slightly more worrying.