Trump joins TikTok, trounces Biden's TikTok follower account within hours

 June 3, 2024

Remember when President Joe Biden joined TikTok and his supporters, and the media, fawned over the whole ordeal?

They're looking pretty silly now, especially after former President Donald Trump joined the popular video sharing social media network and dominated the current president's follower count in a matter of a day or two, according to Newsweek.

Trump formally joined the social media network three months after Biden's campaign launched its account in February in a spectacle tied in with the Super Bowl.

The former president joined the social network just two days after he was found guilty on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in DA Alvin Bragg's "hush money" case, which included a trial that lasted the better part of May.

What happened?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, a close friend of the former president, was given the honor of announcing Trump's new presence on TikTok.

The two posted the first video to his account backstage during a recent UFC bout in Newark, New Jersey.

"The President is now on TikTok," White said. Trump followed by saying, "It's my honor."

As of this writing, Trump has amassed an astonishing 75 million views on his first and only TikTok video, and is closing in on 5 million followers. To compare, the Biden campaign's TikTok account hast just under 353,000 followers.

Now that both presidents are on TikTok, the platform, which is already the most popular social app out there, is expected to play an influential role in this year's election, much like Facebook and X, formerly known as Twitter, did in previous elections.

TikTok controversy

Just a few years ago, Trump was not a fan of TikTok, even moving to have the app banned due to its parent company, Byte-Dance, and its connection to the Chinese government.

Newsweek noted:

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have come under fire in the United States for its affiliation with the Chinese government, with lawmakers concerned about national security risks. In April, Biden signed a law requiring ByteDance to sell TikTok within a year or face a ban in the U.S. However, TikTok and ByteDance filed a federal lawsuit last month seeking to block the newly passed law.

Trump has changed his mind in a big way on TikTok's existence, and says now that any attempt to ban it would only serve to boost Facebook and other Big Tech brands that have leaned heavily left in past elections, with conservative usually getting the short end of the straw.

Only time will tell how many views and followers Trump ends up with, but he's already setting records, so he's off to a fantastic start.

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