Okay, so, as I’m sure you’re aware, President of the United States Donald Trump is planning to ban TikTok.
Over the weekend, Trump told reporters he was planning to ban the app in the States, as soon as this coming Saturday. Then, news broke that Microsoft were in talks to buy the app off TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, based in China, who Trump and others claim are stealing user’s data and giving them to the Chinese government. It’s all been a big ol rollercoaster over the last few days and TikTokers have officially seen it all.
When met with a crisis, people react and approach things differently. Some choose to fight back and solve their problem head on. Others find ways they can come to an agreement or live their lives as they did prior to the crisis or alternatively. And, another group learns to accept their fate, keep their head down and remind themselves, “it isss what it isss” (2020’s motto, imo).
TikTokers’ reaction to news that the very app that’s given them beauty tutorials, Gen Z lawyers and celebrity impersonators, and been home to an underground campaign to tank a Trump rally, might be shutting down in the States, is exactly that.
In one video, 16-year-old TikTok user @carleuiza bangs on Trump’s door and threatens to whack him with a pot. In another, Tatayana Mitch (@thereal_Tati) storms the White House, breaching the front lawn and banging on the front door with some v loud and powerful thuds.
Others began sharing information on how to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access TikTok if it gets banned in your country, and what the app would even look like if it was banned in your area.
As New York Times writer Taylor Lorenz pointed out on Twitter, when the news broke, several of TikTok’s biggest celebs went live and began encouraging their followers to follow them on other social media apps like Twitter, Instagram, Byte and Triller. Dixie D’Amelio, perhaps one of the most prominent, followed and successful creators on the app, shared a moody low angle clip of her looking sad af to the lyrics, “sometimes I don’t want to be happy,” from her song “Be Happy.”
“My guys are going crazy,” a top manager for a number of TikTok influencers told Lorenz in a screenshot of a text message shared online. “Right now we have a team pulling all their content from the app.”
“We’re talking options. Triller or Reels by Instagram. We’re questioning how serious is it actually? Will it happen? But definitely preparing for the worse.”
Fortunately, Microsoft announced plans to purchase the app from TikTok’s parent company ByteDance in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and here in Australia… after a “chat” with Trump.
“Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns, the post read. “It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.”
Whether concerns about our data will remain when a parent company not from China continues to allegedly collect our personal data—FYI, every other social media app we use is stealing our data like 24/7—is unclear. Microsoft, who just shutdown their competition to Twitch (Mixer), aims to finalise the deal and save TikTokers from Trump’s plan to ban the app by the 15th of September. Bless you, Mr. Bill Gates, I guess?