The status of TikTok in the United States changes as quickly as the content on the platform. Trump stated on Monday that TikTok would be banned in the United States unless and the platform was purchased by an American company. The social media platform seem to have earned the ire of the American President in June. Many of the platform’s users boasted to have purchased thousands of tickets to Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the intention to not attend the event. This by the way is honestly pretty hilarious. Also, the fact that Trump had a rally during and attempted to pack a stadium during a pandemic, is the most Trump thing ever. The event was not well attended regardless of this alleged ruse, as the overflow area for the event was empty. Since then, Trump’s negative statements towards the Chinese backed social media company have intensified.
TikTok/Douyin is a video-sharing service currently owned by ByteDance. ByteDance is an internet technology company based in Beijing. TikTok allows users to create and post short videos from 3 to 15 seconds, or looping videos from 3 to 60 seconds. TikTok is the first Chinese internet company to truly break into the global cultural matrix.
It has been suggested by many in the Trump administration, including White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, that TikTok spy’s on users and siphons data for the Chinese government. TikTok executives have denied allegations that the company is a surveillance arm for the Chinese government.
According to blogs.micorsoft.com, “Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than September 15, 2020. During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President.”
Facebook owned platform Instagram is also coming out with a feature to compete with Tiktok. Reels will also allow its user base to create and post short viral video content in an attempt to rival Tiktok.