People on TikTok and K-pop stans are planning an all out attack on U.S. President Donald Trump’s social media accounts and we are extremely here for it.
The internet’s resident social media army has been quite busy as of late. First, K-pop stans clogged a snitch app where people could send videos that exposed protestors’ identities, created by the Minneapolis Police Department, with fancams of their ultimate biases. Then, they overwhelmed the “blue lives matter” and “all lives matter” hashtags with more fancams and donated over a million dollars towards Black Lives Matter charities and bail funds.
Just last week, they infamously tanked a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after purchasing a majority of tickets with no intention of attending. According to the Trump administration, the event was said to house over a million people with an indoor and outside stage. But, on the actual day, only 6,200 people attended, a turnout so low that they had to take down the outside stage. Brilliant.
And what’s TikTok users’ and K-pop stans’ next target? Trump’s own social media accounts. On the 27th of June at 4PM EST (approximately 6AM AEST), TikTok users plan to “mass report” Donald Trump’s social media accounts.
The idea seemingly came from TikTok user Rhiannon (@caprhicorn), who shared a video on the 22nd of June announcing the online activism campaign.
“So, we successfully sunk Donald’s little rally,” the text in the video read. “So, I have an idea on how to use our numbers again.”
“How about on June 27th, 2020, we mass report Donald’s social media accounts at 4:00PM? It’ll send a message that we’re fed up on his public verified vent account, and it’ll sting him that he got duped by Gen Z again.”
So, could it actually work?
So, could the U.S. President Donald Trump actually be banned from social media? Well, it depends on the platform.
When it comes to Twitter, it could maybeee happen? Twitter has effectively labelled some of Trump’s content as “manipulated media,” and “glorifying violence.” Late last month, a Twitter account called @SuspendThePres began directly copying and posting tweets made by Trump in an experiment to test whether his comments violated Twitter’s terms of service.
Three days later, the account was temporarily suspended. In the midst of the protests demanding for justice for the tragic death of George Floyd by the hands of police, Donald Trump tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” When @SuspendThePres tweeted the same infamous threat to Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis by Trump, Twitter suspended them. Meanwhile, the company has yet to suspend the original composer of the tweet.
Facebook on the other hand has been very indifferent about the comments and Trump’s aggressive posts. According to The Verge, the company refused to remove Trump’s threat of violence. A spokesperson for the company told the outlet that Facebook reviewed the claim and declared that the post “doesn’t break our rules against voter interference because it doesn’t mislead people about how they can register to vote or the different ways they can vote.”
So, even if folks on TikTok (and, potentially, K-pop stans) successfully plan an all out attack on Donald Trump’s social media accounts, it’s unclear whether it’ll actually lead to his account being suspended. Sure, we can hope and dream and sacrifice our first born to the end of Trump’s online hate, but if Facebook has yet to budge after he intimated police could shoot protesters, we can’t see any real change happening.
But, as @caprhicorn’s original post suggests, maybe that’s not the point. Maybe, TikTok’s planned “mass report” is just about sending a message to Donald Trump and reminding him that our generation is over him. And, thinking back to that shot of him grumpily sulking on his way back home from the Tulsa rally, maybe that’s the best punishment he needs: a reality check.