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Former US President Trump joins TikTok despite previous opposition

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Former President Donald Trump, also a candidate for the 2024 presidential election, has recently joined the social media platform TikTok, despite previously opposing it. TikTok is owned by a China-based tech giant.

The former US president joined TikTok on Sunday, June 2, and gained over 2.2 million followers within the first few hours of creating his account.

In his first TikTok post, Trump shared a video of his meeting with supporters in Newark, New Jersey.

The Republican presidential candidate joined this platform despite his 2020 attempt to ban TikTok in the United States, a decision that was blocked by the court. In March of this year, he stated that TikTok posed a national security threat, but banning it could upset some young people and strengthen Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, which he has also heavily criticized.

In April, US President Joe Biden signed a bill into law that gives ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, 270 days to divest from its business in the United States.

According to the bill, the presence of this Chinese software in US app stores will be prohibited unless the social media platform, which is used by nearly 170 million Americans, separates from ByteDance within nine months to a year.

Recently, ByteDance filed a lawsuit against the US government to prevent the enforcement of the bill passed by Congress last month.

For years, US lawmakers have insisted that TikTok poses a “national security threat” due to its Chinese ownership and have tried to force it to cut ties with its parent company, ByteDance.

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