Donald Trump Joins TikTok Years After Trying to Ban the Popular Video App

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For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump announced on Sat­ur­day that he has joined Tik­Tok. His first post on the plat­form was a brief video filmed at a UFC event in New Jer­sey that weekend.

The video shows Trump greet­ing fans along­side UFC Pres­i­dent Dana White. White intro­duces Trump by say­ing “The pres­i­dent is now on TikTok.”

Trump’s deci­sion to join Tik­Tok is note­wor­thy giv­en his past stance on the app. In 2020, while still Pres­i­dent, Trump issued an exec­u­tive order attempt­ing to ban Tik­Tok in the U.S. over nation­al secu­ri­ty con­cerns relat­ed to its Chi­nese own­er­ship by ByteDance.

The order cit­ed Tik­Tok as a threat and called for “aggres­sive action” against its own­ers. How­ev­er, the ban was lat­er halt­ed by courts.

Trump lat­er reversed his posi­tion and said ban­ning Tik­Tok would improve com­peti­tors like Face­book that he had pre­vi­ous­ly crit­i­cized. Still, many Repub­li­cans remain opposed to Tik­Tok over pri­va­cy and nation­al secu­ri­ty issues.

By join­ing Tik­Tok, Trump is tap­ping into a plat­form where pro-Trump con­tent has exceed­ed pro-Biden posts since the 2020 elec­tion, accord­ing to inter­nal Tik­Tok data. It remains to be seen how his pres­ence will impact the ongo­ing debate around reg­u­lat­ing TikTok.

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