Trump now on TikTok rival Triller – and earns 4million views on ‘nobody can do it like me’ video
PRESIDENT Donald Trump has joined a TikTok rival app called Triller – and has already racked up millions views.
It follows Trump’s threat to ban Chinese-owned TikTok in the US, which could happen before the end of the year.
TikTok now has until November 12 to find an American corporate buyer, or it faces being outlawed in the USA.
Trump’s first video is a promotional clip for his 2020 US Presidential Election campaign.
It begins with a quote of the President saying: “I’m a professional at technology.”
This is followed up by Trump saying: “Nobody can do it like me. Nobody.”
The clip, which was uploaded on Friday, already has 4.8million views.
There are three other videos on Trump’s profile so far, two of which mock rival candidate Joe Biden.
Trump now has more than 100,000 followers on Triller, a figure that is fast-increasing.
Triller has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent weeks, as fears of a TikTok ban grow.
It’s been downloaded hundreds of times in the past month, and is seen as a safe haven for TikTok refugees.
Triller is based in Los Angeles, but also has offices in New York, Paris, San Francisco, Faro and Orlando.
Meanwhile, TikTok is currently facing an executive order that will see the firm banned if it isn’t bought out by a US company.
Several tech companies have been linked to a TikTok buy-out, including Microsoft, Apple and Twitter.
A recent report suggested that Microsoft could strike a $30billion deal to buy TikTok in a matter of days.
Donald Trump signed an executive order classifying TikTok as a ‘national security threat’[/caption]
The tech giant is currently racing against a November deadline (extended from September) to finalise a buy-out of the hugely popular Chinese app.
The deal is expected to be valued at anywhere from $10billion to $30billion, according to the report.
At the higher end, it would dwarf many major tech acquisitions – including Facebook’s 2014 purchase of WhatsApp for $16billion.
But that’s still small change for Microsoft, which is currently valued at $1.61trillion on the US stock market.
And at the end of 2019, Microsoft had roughly $135billion in a liquid cash pile.
Part of the deal would also involve Microsoft bringing all of TikTok’s code from China to the US within a year.
Microsoft’s chief managed to help convince Trump about how beneficial a TikTok buy-out could be for the US.
“We had a great conversation. He called me to see how I felt about it,” Trump explained.
“And I said look, it can’t be controlled – for security reasons – by China. Too big, too invasive.
“Here’s the deal. I don’t mind if – whether it’s Microsoft or somebody else – a big company, a secure company, a very American company buy it.”
He also described TikTok by saying: “The name is hot, the brand is hot.”
TikTok could be banned in a matter of weeks[/caption]
But his praise of a potential deal came with a major warning: the US Treasury would need to benefit from any deal struck.
It’s not clear how this would work, or through what mechanism money would be paid, as usually the Treasury wouldn’t gain a portion of a private corporate acquisition.
“I said that a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States,” said Trump.
“Because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen.”
He added that an “appropriate deal” would mean “the Treasury…gets a lot of money”.
It’s still possible that Trump will decide to ban TikTok over national security concerns.
But buying the app could be a huge coup for Microsoft and the US, as TikTok serves more than 100million American users.
It would give Microsoft a better chance of competing with major social media rivals, in particular Facebook.
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In other news, TikTok has said it has tens of millions of US users and hundreds of millions of users worldwide.
But while it’s considered fun by users, US lawmakers have raised intelligence, national security, and privacy concerns about the company’s ownership.
TikTok has denied allegations that it shares user data with the Chinese government.
Trump’s announcement on Friday came after reports claimed his administration was planning to order China’s ByteDance to sell TikTok.
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