Trump gets verified account on TikTok competitor Triller | Tech News

Trump gets verified account on TikTok competitor Triller

Trump on Friday ordered ByteDance to divest the US operations of TikTok within 90 days.

By:REUTERS
| Updated on: Aug 20 2022, 22:32 IST
Triller short video app.
Triller short video app. (Triller)

US President Donald Trump now has a verified account on TikTok competitor Triller, another sign of the White House's disfavour toward the ByteDance-owned video-sharing app.

Triller is one of several TikTok alternatives that have experienced a surge of downloads since Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 that would prohibit certain transactions with TikTok unless ByteDance divests it within 45 days.

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TikTok is best known for viral dance videos that capture the American teenage zeitgeist, but US officials have expressed concerns that user information could be passed by the Chinese-owned app on to authorities in Beijing.

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ByteDance is already in talks to sell the North America, Australia and New Zealand operations of TikTok to Microsoft Corp. But with the company under a cloud, once-obscure competitors are stepping up their efforts to woo TikTok's young userbase.

Trump's Triller account had three short videos and a little more than 3,000 followers late on Saturday.

The Trump campaign and Triller did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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First Published Date: 16 Aug, 08:54 IST
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